Hello fellow trad dance list callers,
The info below is primarily for trad dance, song and music, organizers but I wanted to
share it with you as many of you are organizers and/or you are also connected to so many
organizers. (This message was sent to the Shared Weight and ECD callers lists back in
September but I was having issues with bounce backs from this list and I think I just
sorted it out now!)
ANYWAY, in late August, CDSS made a number of exciting announcements regarding new
resources that will support local organizers of traditional dance music and song. If you
are willing, please share this info with local organizers in your network. We'd like
to let as many people know about these resources as possible and word-of-mouth is so
powerful in the trad dance, music, and song world.
US organizers survey report out now! CDSS has just released a report outlining the
results the US organizers survey conducted this past spring. Here's the link:
New e-blast for traditional dance music and song organizers: The goal of this free
quarterly e-blast is to support, inspire, and connect organizers.
Check out the first Shop Talk e-blast here: https://conta.cc/
You can sign up to receive the e-blast at the bottom of the first Shop Talk.
Online Organizer Resources Portal: This is a very exciting initiative that will hopefully
add to the set of tools available to us all. The goal of the Portal is to hold as many of
the best resources as can be found which will support local traditional dance, music, and
song organizers in their planning and decision making. For instance, visit this link to
see specific resources organized by topic: https://www.cdss.org/
BTW - As one of the individuals working on the Portal, I know that the resource collection
will only be as good as the resources it holds. ANNNND I alos know that local organizers
have so many of the best practices and ideas already figured out. Thus, CDSS will be
reaching out to local organizers over the next number of months to collect resources that
folks want to share. If you're super excited about the initiative and want to start
sharing your local resources now, you can fill out this easy form: https://www.cdss.org/
If you'd like to discuss Shop Talk (the eblast) or the Portal, please email me at
emily(a)cdss.org mailto:email@example.com. If you have specific requests or want advice from
CDSS, please contact Linda Henry at linda(a)cdss.org mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultant @ CDSS working on organizer supports
And.... volunteer contra dance organizer and contra/community dance caller in Ottawa