Spreading joy and building community through dance, music, and song for 100 years
~ News and Notes for Affiliate Groups ~

Dear Group Contacts for all CDSS affiliates,

Please relay this eblast to your group organizers. It includes IMPORTANT info that will have long-lasting benefits for your group!

Affiliate Survey to Shape
Future Web Chats

We recently hosted our very first web chat! (See description below.) We've discovered that these online events are a great way to create and share resources that will support ALL our group Affiliates. This is a top priority for CDSS, so we'd love to have your group's input about topics that are most pertinent for YOUR community. To gather your requests, we've put together this online survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KD9SVZ9

Please make sure that a key organizer from your group replies to this survey as soon as possible ( by July 31at the latest).

Stay tuned for announcements to confirm the next web chat in mid-September. The survey will collect data to help us choose a time and date that works best for the most groups. Please send us your preferences via the survey!

CDSS Hosts First Web Chat for Organizers

At noon EDT on June 21st, more than 70 organizers from across the continent and the Atlantic Ocean joined CDSS's first web chat for organizers. This was the first in a series of online events designed to facilitate the sharing of resources, knowledge, and ideas among dance organizers. The topic of the hour was Boosting AttenDANCE. Participants heard stories from organizers Jo Mortland (Chicago Barn Dance Company in Chicago, IL) and then Laura Gorrin and Margaret Pigman (Circle Left - a gender neutral dance in Oakland, CA sponsored by San Francisco Bay Queer Contra Dance). Each story was followed by an open Q&A time. We were thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive responses from organizers far and wide! If you missed the first web chat, here's a link to the recording that's posted on the CDSS website: 

These web chats are a direct response from CDSS to the feedback we received from the 2016 Canadian Organizers Survey, and the less formal survey of U.S. Organizers conducted earlier this year. As an international organization, CDSS is uniquely positioned to bring people together across different regions. Our hope for these web chats is to bridge the barriers of geography, and provide an opportunity for folks to connect and learn with others who share their passion for making dance, music, and song happen in their communities.

How can your group be involved in this new web chat series?

1. Make sure that your group's CDSS contact person is sharing this information with your whole organizing team.
2. Respond to the survey mentioned above.
3. Tell CDSS about your successful endeavors, and be willing to share your story. Contact Linda Henry at linda@cdss.org.
4. Listen to recordings of previous web chats here:
5. Keep an eye out for e-blasts and announcements about web chats and resources for organizers.

Fall 2018 CDSS News - an online only issue with big advantages for advertisers!

CDSS is trying something new for our Fall 2018 issue of the CDSS News - an online only edition. This is only for the Fall issue; the Winter issue will be mailed. 

How will this work? On September 10th, 2018, CDSS Members will be sent a private link to the issue, which they can read as a digital flipbook or download as a PDF. 

What are the advantages 
of a digital issue for event advertising?

COLOR - Ads in the Fall 2018 digital issue can be full color (you can also submit ads in black and white)

CLICK THROUGH - Ads in this issue will click through to the URL of your choice (i.e. your website or Facebook page), driving readers directly to details about your event or event registration. 

ADS THROUGHOUT THE ISSUE - Ads in this issue will be interspersed with content, giving more prominence to your advertising message

INVITING FLIP BOOK FORMAT - The Fall 2018 issue will be presented in an inviting flipbook format that can be read on any digital device. The issue can also be downloaded as a PDF. You'll find a sample of the flipbook format here:  https://www.cdss.org/sample-fall-2018-news

DISCOUNTED AD RATES - As a further enticement, ads in the Fall issue are slightly less than the normal CDSS News ad rates. 

Find all the specs on this page: 

The deadline for advertising for this issue is Friday, August 10th. If you're ready to advertise, please use the online insertion order form: 

or email your ad information and ad (PDF preferred) to news@cdss.org. 

Questions? Email news@cdss.org or call 413-203-5467 x101. 

Matching Scholarships Still Available
for CDSS Summer Programs

Photo by Gay Kohl
It's not too late for YOUR group to participate in our Matching Scholarships program this summer! This one-on-one match of funding from CDSS and our Group Affiliates supports up-and-coming leaders, musicians, callers, or organizers to attend one of our summer music/dance/song weeks. This life-changing experience is sure to help these scholarship recipients bring back skills and enthusiasm to help boost your home communities!

Please apply SOON! Scholarship funds are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact Linda Henry at linda@cdss.org.

Add Your Own Events to the CDSS Online Calendar!

Events Calendar
YOU want to get the word out about your traditional dance, music, and song events. WE want to make our online events calendar the go-to resource for TDMS events in the US and Canada. So we're making it easier to get listed by allowing you to add your own one-time and repeating events to the calendar. 

You can submit one time events AND regular dance series! To submit your dance, sing, or other event, go here and click on the "Add an event" link. If you have any questions (such as how to set up event repeats), check out this
step-by-step tutorial complete with screen shots. 

Once you submit your event, we'll review it and approve it ASAP. It's that simple! 

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