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
Positional Calling for Contra Dance CallersLouise SiddonsJanuary 15, 22, 29Improve your contra dance teaching and calling with this 3-week course focusing on positional calling strategies.

Previous online programs

ProgramProgram LeaderDate & TimeDescription
Common TimevariousThird MondaysA monthly program focusing on focus on different aspects of the CDSS community.
Square Dance History SeriesDavid MillstoneFebruary 10, February 17, February 24Experience the rich history and regional variety of square dancing in this in-depth, three part series.
Global Terminology & Positional CallingBrooke FriendlyJanuary 22, January 29, February 5Develop your proficiency and teaching techniques for using global and positional calling for English Country Dance in this 3-week course.
ECD ChoreographyScott 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.
Early Music Week OnlineEmily O’BrienAugust 15, August 19, 7:30 p.m. ETJoin us online for two events organized by Early Music Week Program Directors Emily O’Brien and Lisa Terry
Virtual Kaleidoscope: Online Camp 2021 various July 18-25, 2021Join 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.
Common TimevariousThird MondaysA monthly program focusing on focus on different aspects of the CDSS community.
Celebrate May!Chloe & Rick MohrMay 1, 2021Celebrate May with CDSS! Join us as we welcome the season with singing, dancing and activities for the whole family.
Winter Family GatheringAbby LadinFebruary 13-14, 2021Join Abby Ladin and friends for a multi-part family gathering filled with music, dance, and song.