After nearly 90 years of in-person camps, we are excited to bring CDSS programs to you at home! The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to find online alternatives to activities we haven’t been able to do in person, but we also see the potential for online programs to bring people together even after in-person events resume. We want to help more people access educational resources and join our music, dance, and song communities.

Registration is required and some programs have limited capacity. Tickets will be sold with sliding scale pricing: you decide the price that works for you. To register for online programs, you will need to log into CDSS Commons and then select ‘Programs’ from the blue menu bar. If you have any issues with accessing the registration form or logging CDSS Commons, please email

To find out more about a program, click on its name in the table below.

ProgramProgram LeaderDate & TimeDescription
Virtual Kaleidoscope: Online Camp 2021variousJuly 18-25Join us online for a week of great activities! In addition to CDSS-sponsored workshops and classes, we’re excited to be partnering with Carpe Diem Arts, Amherst Early Music, and Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery to bring you a series of virtual camp events.
Choreography: ContraBob IsaacsJuly 31, August 7, August 14, 1:00 p.m. ETThis workshop will explore Bob’s ten steps to writing a contra dance, from that all important first idea to making sure your dance is original. Participants will practice writing dances and have the opportunity to test their new choreography.
Choreography: ECDScott HiggsAugust 14, August 21, August 28, 1:00 p.m. ETCreating original dances is exciting, challenging, and fun! Join Scott Higgs in exploring the choreographer’s toolkit—learning how to shape your creative ideas into satisfying new dances. This is a “hands-on” workshop. As a small group, our class will collaborate on devising a dance together.
Common TimeSaro Lynch-Thomason and Jeremy Carter-GordonJuly 19, 7:30 p.m. ETSongs That Speak. Join Saro and Jeremy for a conversation about traditional song, social justice, sharing songs across race and culture, and trying to be relevant on TikTok! This is the second event of our new monthly online discussion series.

Previous online programs

ProgramProgram LeaderDate & TimeDescription
Global Terminology & Positional CallingBrooke FriendlySection 1: January 23, January 30, February 6
Section 2: February 27, March 6, March 13
All classes 1pm-3pm ET
Develop your proficiency using global/positional terminology to teach and call English Country Dance. 3-part workshop.
Winter Family GatheringAbby LadinFebruary 13-14Join Abby Ladin and friends for a multi-part family gathering filled with music, dance, and song. 
Celebrate May!Chloe & Rick MohrMay 1, 1pm ETCelebrate May with CDSS! Join us as we welcome the season with singing, dancing and activities for the whole family.