“5 Things” Web Chats

Our web chat series is a way to stay in touch, to stay connected, continue learning and growing as dancers and as a community.  Now we have a moment to think about, and discuss, English Country and historical dance!  Our guest speakers will talk about the '5 things' that they feel are important to our passion for ECD and why.  This is a rare opportunity to ask questions and hear what our guests have to say.  Then join us immediately following our web chats for the After Talk where folks drop in to ask more questions one-on-one with guests, see friends, and chat casually about dance community topics.

Click on the Subject to watch the web chat when available.    Dropbox gives you the Zoom chat and sometimes images.

To search entries in this list, type part of the word here. 

We're back for a once-a-month web chat.

Date Web chat link Description Website
24-Mar-20 Graham Christian Caller (English), researcher, writer  
31-Mar-20 Joanna Reiner Caller (English)  
7-Apr-20 Kalia Kliban Caller (English and Contra), dance writer Link
14-Apr-20 Rebecca King Pianist (English and Contra) and composer Link
18-Apr-20 Cécile Laye French teacher of English dance Link
21-Apr-20 Kate Barnes Multi-instrumentalist (English and Contra), composer, publisher Link
28-Apr-20 Sharon Green Organizer, caller (English), dance composer Link
5-May-20 Bruce Hamilton Caller (English), Scottish teacher, thought-provoking speaker  
12-May-20 Brooke Friendly Caller (English), dance writer Link
16-May-20 Susan de Guardiola Historical Dance teacher and researcher Link
19-May-20 Orly Krasner Caller (English), dance writer, tune composer, academic  
26-May-20 David Millstone Caller (English), videographer, writer, Past CDSS President Link
2-Jun-20 Scott Higgs Caller (English and Contra), dance writer Link
9-Jun-20 Jenna Simpson Caller (English), dance writer  
16-Jun-20 Brad Foster CDSS Executive & Artistic Director 1983-2011  
23-Jun-20 Katy German CDSS Executive Director 2017-  
30-Jun-20 James Hutson Caller and dance writer (English & Contra)  
7-Jul-20 Paul Ross Caller (English), videographer, organizer Link
14-Jul-20 Dave Wiesler Pianist and Composer (English, Contra and Scottish) Link
18-Jul-20 Colin Hume Caller (English, Contra, Square…), dance writer, composer, researcher Link
21-Jul-20 Brooke Friendly Special theme: Global Terminology / Positional Calling Link
28-Jul-20 Bridget Whitehead Caller and organizer  
4-Aug-20 Beverly Francis Caller (English)  
11-Aug-20 Gary Roodman Dance writer Link
15-Aug-20 Allison Thompson Historian, dance writer, musician, blogger Link
18-Aug-20 Olivia Barry Caller (English, Contra, Irish), organizer, researcher Link
25-Aug-20 Shira Kammen Musician, composer Link
1-Sep-20 Anna Rain Caller (English & Contra), musician  
8-Sep-20 Chip Prince Musician (English & Contra)  
15-Sep-20 Louise Siddons Caller (English & Contra), Organizer  
19-Sep-20 Paul Cooper Researcher (Regency) Link
22-Sep-20 Lisa Greenleaf Caller (English, Contra, Squares)  
6-Oct-20 Susan Kevra and
Rachel Bell
Caller (Susan) and musicians (both) for English and Contra Link
Link
13-Oct-20 Gene Murrow Caller, Musician and Producer (English)  
17-Oct-20 Walter Nelson Organizer and Lecturer (Historical)  
20-Oct-20 David Smukler Caller and dance writer (English, Contra and Square)  
27-Oct-20 Martha Griffin Caller and Choreographer (English)  
3-Nov-20 Many guests    
10-Nov-20 Jonathan Jensen Musician and Composer Link
17-Nov-20 Jenny Beer Caller and Choreographer (English)  
24-Nov-20 Chris Sackett Caller, Composer and Choreographer (English)  
1-Dec-20 Dave Wiesler "Exploring Dance Tunes" Link
8-Dec-20 Heather Clarke Researcher and Dancer Link
15-Dec-20 Alan Winston Caller, choreographer and dance organizer Link
22-Dec-20 Darlene Hamilton Caller and multi-talented organizer  
5-Jan-21 Danny Walkowitz Dancer and professional Historian
Special New Year Bonus: Link for the After-talk.
Link
12-Jan-21 Wayne Hankin Multi-instrumentalist (also Cirque du Soleil), inventor of the Jubo (see link). Link
19-Jan-21 Gaye Fifer Caller (English and Contra) Link
26-Jan-21 Elizabeth Goossen Caller (English), choreographer (& Scottish), composer, musician, organizer  
2-Feb-21 Barbara Finney Caller and Teacher (English), Organizer  
9-Feb-21 Jeff Spero Pianist, caller and choreographer (Contra) Link
16-Feb-21 Alex Cumming Traditional singer, musician (accordion & piano), and caller Link
20-Feb-21 Nicolas Broadbridge Caller and Teacher (English), accordionist, researcher, composer, choreographer Link
23-Feb-21 Karen Axelrod Musician (English and Contra) Link
2-Mar-21 Alisa Dodson Caller and dance writer (English)  
9-Mar-21 Jacqueline Schwab Pianist and caller (English) Link
16-Mar-21 Dan Blim Caller  
20-Mar-21 Paul Hutchinson Accordionist in any style you'd like to name Link
23-Mar-21 Graham Christian Caller (English), researcher, writer  
30-Mar-21 Audrey Knuth Musician (Contra) Link
6-Apr-21 Jim Morrison Musician, caller, researcher, former Director of CDSS Link
13-Apr-21 Mary Devlin Caller (English and Contra), Choreographer, former CDSS Presidemt Link
20-Apr-21 Rosemary Lach Caller (English and Contra), and Organizer Link
27-Apr-21 Dave Bartley Musician (English and Contra), Composer Link
4-May-21 Philippe Callens A tribute to the renowned caller, teacher, and choreographer  
11-May-21 Barbara Greenberg Musician (English and Contra)  
18-May-21 Frederick Park Caller (English, Contra, Square, and Folk), teacher, choreographer, organizer, storyteller  
25-May-21 Nikki Herbst Teacher (English and Contra) and Organizer Link
1-Jun-21 Bob Green Caller, choreographer, videographer Link
8-Jun-21 Val Medve Caller (English), teacher, organizer, and choreographer Link
15-Jun-21 Various directors Behind the scenes at dance camp  
19-Jun-21 Alex Cummings In conjunction with Hey Days Dance Camp Link
22-Jun-21 Our Online Pioneers Creating new opportunties for us to share and experience the joy of music, dance, and song!  
29-Jun-21 Our 5 Things Team The stories of some of the folks behind the scenes who made it all happen  
19-Oct-21 Steve Howe Former Director of CDSS Camp Programs, dancer  
16-Nov-21 Alan Roberts & Sande Gillette Sound engineer, fiddle players, organizer  
21-Dec-21 Bob Dalsemer Caller, teacher, musician, organizer, former CDSS President Link

Tuesday, December 21st Inside the Dancing Mind of… Bob Dalsemer

For our holiday season I was thinking about the Christmas School week and I wanted to bring on someone who represents those wonderful folk schools who have done so much for English Country dance through teaching the traditions and carrying the torch forward.

Let me just mention a few things about December's guest…  He's a past president of The Country Dance and Song Society (from 1990-1996) and Coordinator of Music and Dance Programs at The John C. Campbell Folk School.  In 2011 The Country Dance and Song Society awarded Bob its Lifetime Contribution Award.  He calls traditional American contra, square and circle dances, as well as plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin and piano accordion.  He's a teacher, caller, musician, dancer: we are honored to have Bob Dalsemer with us on December 21st.

Registration is now open: tinyurl.com/htds-Dec21

OR Watch on FaceBook Live at our main FB page: www.facebook.com/HistoricalTeaAndDanceSociety

6pm Pacific / 9pm Eastern

When you register for a web chat you will be sent an email containing two links.  The first is for the web chat itself, which is mainly Darlene Hamilton asking the speaker about 5 things he or she is passionate about, though some questions which audience members type into the chat box may be answered.  The second is for the after-talk which is an informal session where audience members can put questions directly to the speaker.  Each session lasts about an hour.  The web chat will be recorded and the link will appear here; the after-talk won't, but is available by request to You must enable JavaScript to see this e-mail address.