CDSS Lifetime Contribution Awards

2014 Award Recipient

tl_files/cdss/documents/awards/glenandjudi.jpgJim Morrison of Charlottesville, VA, is this year’s recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award.

Jim brought youthful enthusiasm and strong connections to emerging contra, morris and sword dance movements when he started work for CDSS in late 1970. Serving as National Director from 1975 to 1977, he then continued as part time Artistic Director after moving to Virginia. If you have danced Jack’s Health, Young Widow, late night Kerry sets, or played Puncheon Floor or Buck Mountain, his influence was there. Jim wrote 24 Early American Country Dances (CDSS, 1976,) founded the Greenwich and Albemarle Morris Men, and has recorded five albums of traditional dance music. An early family week advocate, creator of American Week at Pinewoods and multi-genre dance fiddler, Jim has continued throughout his half century career to teach and play for contra, square, English, morris, sword, flatfoot, and Irish set dancing all over North America. We are delighted to honor him this year.

The Award presentation was held November 22, 2014 in Charlottesville.

Past Award Recipients

Lifetime Contribution Award — Recommendations Sought for 2015

Do you know someone that has made a long term and exceptional contribution to the mission of CDSS? Has this contribution benefited more than one geographical area or generation? Has he or she worked in conjunction with CDSS for more than twenty years? 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 significant 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 2015 must be received by December 5, 2014. Send your recommendations to or to Awards Committee chair Mary Devlin, If you prefer snail mail, send information to Mary at 2230 SW Sunset Drive, Portland, OR 97239.

Your recommendation must include the name, address, phone number and email address of the person you are recommending as well as your own name and full contact information. Recommendations must be for living persons. Be sure to include one page highlighting why the person you are recommending deserves the award.  

We also need to know if you would be willing to organize the award event for the person you recommend if s/he should receive the LCA for 2015. If you are not able to do that please include the name(s) and contact info for people who would agree to do it. The event is organized in conjunction with CDSS.

The Awards Committee will review recommendations in early December and submit our recommendation to the CDSS Governing Board for its decision.