Welcome to the
Country Dance Society,
|Since 1915, the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre has been working to preserve and promote the knowledge and practice of the traditional and contemporary dancing and dance music of England and New England. The Boston Centre sponsors and produces classes, parties, workshops, and residential and special events featuring the best performers and practitioners of English and New England country dancing. Events are open to all, and most feature teaching; no experience or partner is required.
Programs and Events
CDS Boston Centre sponsors numerous dances and events; follow the links
below for more details.
- English Dance Programs
- Wednesday dances for all
- First Friday dances for experienced dancers
- Second and fourth Friday Harvard Square dances for all
- Wednesday summer series
- English dance archives
- Special dance events
- Playford Ball - Saturday, March 8, 2014
Calendar of all (not just CDS BC) English events in Massachusetts:
- Annual General Meeting
Wednesday, March 26 at 7pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
- Ritual Dance
- DART 2014 - November 7-9, 2014 in Toronto (external site)
- Dave Stryker Send a Youth to England Memorial Scholarship
- Laurel Swift: Big Morris (article)
- Summer Dance Camps
- includes NGI scholarship information
- American Dance Program
Second Saturday dances at the Concord Scout House - on hiatus
CD and Book Publications
The Boston Centre is producing a series of compact discs, "The English Country Dance Collection," featuring Bare Necessities. Fifteen volumes are now available. The recordings are available from selected dealers and from the performers and producer (Gene Murrow). Ordering information and audio clips can be found here.
To accompany the compact discs, the Boston Centre and the Country Dance and Song Society are producing a series of dance booklets. Booklets are now available through Country Song and Dance Society (CDSS). The booklets contain instructions for all the dances on the cd.
Two other books are also available. CDS BC is pleased to publish Country Dances from Colonial New York: James Alexander's Notebook, 1730. The book is by Kate Van Winkle Keller and George Fogg. 24 dances are included, with interpretations for historical performance as well as modern alternatives. Musical notation, biographical essays, and notes are included for each dance. The book also presents a glossary of figures and a short discussion of appropriate steps and period movement. This book may be purchased at from CDSS.
CDS BC also has republished the old favourite Hudson Barn and Other Dances from the Boston Centre in the form of Hudson Barn II. This book contains many favourite modern dances of the Boston Centre, many of which were written by Boston Centre members. Helene Cornelius is the editor, and the book includes dance instructions and written music. All of the dances from the original edition are reprinted, and several new dances have been added as well; a list of dances is available. This book is available at the Wednesday evening CDS BC dances and from CDSS.
Endowments, Grants, and Other Funding
CDS Boston Centre has several funds from which grants can be made. Money is available to qualified groups and people for a number of purposes.
About the Society
Become a member of CDS Boston Centre! Benefits include reduced admission to dances and events, a newsletter, preferred admission to residential programs, and much more. Discount rates available for students, seniors, and organizations. Please send e-mail to < membership at cds-boston dot org > with any questions about CDS membership.
Officers, the Board of Directors, Committees, Event Chairs, and Staff.
Meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee are open to all members, and to other persons by invitation. Committee meetings are open to all interested persons.
- Annual General Meeting
Reports from the Annual General Meeting.
- Contact Information
Addresses and telephone numbers.
Read how and when CDS Boston got started, why, and about major events in our history, including memories from the 90th anniversary party in 2006.
CDS Boston Centre is but one of several organizations in the Boston (Massachusetts) area dedicated to folk dance and folk music. We are also affiliated with national and international organizations and, by extension, with other local groups in other areas, all with similar or related goals and purposes. Some of these organizations include:
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||Last modified on March 3, 2014