Recommendations Sought for 2025 Lifetime Contribution Award

Do you know someone who has made a long-term and exceptional contribution to the mission of CDSS? 

  • Have they led the way in preserving, promoting, and/or creating within the living traditions that CDSS stewards?
  • Has their contribution benefited people in a broad geographical area?
  • Has their contribution impacted more than one generation?
  • Have they worked in conjunction with CDSS, CDSS affiliates, or complementary organizations?

If the answer is “yes” to all of these, then you may know a future recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award (LCA).

Examples of a long-term and exceptional contribution include:

  • Increasing the quality of what we do by inspiration, instruction, or excellent example
  • Bringing what we do to new communities
  • Expanding the repertoire of dance, music, and/or song through scholarship or original composition
  • Working behind the scenes or enabling others to make these contributions

Now accepting nominations for the 2025 Lifetime Contribution Award! Please use this form to make a nomination. Nominations are due March 1.

If you would like to nominate someone who has recently passed away, please use this form for the Posthumous Lifetime Contribution Award. Nominations for the Posthumous LCA are accepted anytime.

Most Recent LCA Recipient:

Sharon Green, 2024 LCA recipient 2024: Sharon Green

We are delighted to announce that Sharon Green of Oakland, CA, is the 2024 recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award. Sharon is an English country dancer, caller, teacher, choreographer, and tireless promoter of the talents of others.

She has been an integral and joyful part of the New York and San Francisco Bay Area dance communities in which she has lived (and danced). Most recently, she and Kalia Kliban founded the Odd Sundays Zoom dance, connecting dancers from everywhere and keeping the spirit of the dance alive during pandemic isolation.

Sharon will be honored on April 28, 2024 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about the celebration and RSVP.

Read more about Sharon in the December 2023 issue of the CDSS News!
(Photo of Sharon by Stewart Dean.)

Past Recipients:

Honorary CDSS Members

The following people were made an Honorary CDSS Member before the origination of the Lifetime Contribution Awards:

  • 1996: Sue Salmons
  • 1992: Kate Van Winkle Keller
  • 1990: Marshall Barron