Most Recent 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.

Read more about Sharon in the December 2023 issue of the CDSS News!

Award Celebration

Sharon was honored with an award celebration in April 2024.

Watch a video of the celebration.

Read the Zoom chat messages from Sharon’s celebration.


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Jim Morrison, 2014 Lifetime Contribution Award Recipient

Nominations for Future Lifetime Contribution Awards

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 more that one 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.

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

Nominations for the Lifetime Contribution Award are currently closed. The 2025 award will be announced later this year. Nominations for the 2026 award will open in early 2025.

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.


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