Country Dance and Song Society

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Country Dance and Song Society
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Formation1915; 104 years ago (1915)
TypeNonprofit organization
HeadquartersEasthampton, Massachusetts [1]
Region served
United States and Canada
3000 individuals and 300 affiliate groups[2]
Katy German
$1.5 million (2016)[3]

The Country Dance and Song Society (abbreviated CDSS) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote participatory dance, music, and song with English and North American roots. Its vision statement is "Communities strengthened by dancing, singing, and making music together."[4]


CDSS began in 1915 as a series of American chapters of the English Dance and Folk Society established by Cecil Sharp.[5] The organization consolidated in 1940 and grew steadily through the present.[6] Today, it supports over 300 local affiliate groups.[2][7]


CDSS promotes a number of types of traditional dance, including contra dance,[8] English country dance, Scottish country dance,[9] square dance,[10] morris dance, rapper sword, and clogging.[11]

CDSS runs several sessions annually at Pinewoods Dance Camp and other sites.[12]


  1. ^ "Office Staff". Country Dance and Song Society. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Country Dance and Song Society - Spread the Joy!". YouTube. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Country Dance and Song Society 990 Form" (PDF). 990 Finder. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Mission Statement". Country Dance and Song Society. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Rare images taken by Cecil Sharp to be displayed in Burnsville". Black Mountain News. August 21, 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  6. ^ "History of CDSS". Country Dance and Song Society. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  7. ^ "TUNING IN: Music Organizations in Central Colorado". Colorado Central Publishing. Colorado Central Magazine. January 1, 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  8. ^ Smith, Sean (November 29, 2017). "Folk music's Windborne troupe loves to perform, and educate in the doing of it". Boston Irish Reporter. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  9. ^ Patrick, Seb (August 10, 2014). "10 British Things About Jacksonville, FL". BBC America. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  10. ^ Rhone, Jeffrey (2017). "The Challenge and Benefit of Evaluating Folk Dancing Quality". General Music Today. 31 (1): 10–15. doi:10.1177/1048371317713068.
  11. ^ "The Social Dance Traditions". Country Dance and Song Society. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Program Providers". Pinewoods. Retrieved 20 September 2018.

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