My name is Nils Fredland. I am a proud staff member at the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). CDSS believes that participatory arts change lives, and the CDSS mission is to spread joy and build community through dance, music, and song; my personal vision and mission is the same.

I'm excited to tell you about our Centennial Tour — a major project CDSS is planning for our Centennial in 2015, when we will celebrate 100 years of dance, music, and song, and the CDSS role in it. A major goal of all Centennial projects is to share and affirm the CDSS commitment that we will be around to support and serve you - dancers, singers, musicians, dance callers, song leaders, and organizers — for another 100 years.

Watch Doug Plummer's terrific video about Coos Bay, one of the tour stops

Click for the Tour overview and for some information that explains our goals for the Tour.

We're excited to have this opportunity to give back to communities who make participatory dance, music, and song happen. Thank you for your work. We look forward to visiting!


Nils Fredland

CDSS Centennial Tour Manager


Click on the links below to read more about our tour stops! And check out the map showing the location of the Centennial Tour Stops at the bottom of the page.

Apr 25-May 1 Tucson, AZ Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell, Carol Ormand
Apr 28-May 3 Owen Sound, ON Sam Bartlett, Eric Schedler, Ben Smith, Louie Cromartie
Sep 26-Oct 3 Halifax, NS Betsy Branch, Sue Songer, Eric McDonald, Lisa Greenleaf, Sue Hulsether
Oct 4-10 Coos Bay, OR Pearl Mueller, Julia Weatherford, Laurel Willoughby, Barbara Davis, Bob Dalsemer
Oct 21-25 Morgantown, WV Max Newman, Leela Grace, Karina Wilson, Will Mentor
Nov 17-22 Lawrence, KS Anna Patton, Karen Axelrod, Shira Kammen, Andrew VanNorstrand, Kalia Kliban, Sue Hulsether