CDSS Lifetime Contribution Awards

2015 Award Recipient

CDSS is delighted to announce that Brad Foster, of Shutesbury, MA, longtime contra, square and English country dance teacher, caller and musician, and Executive and Artistic Director Emeritus of CDSS, is the 2015 recipient of our Lifetime Contribution Award. Plans are underway for a celebration, tentatively set for the weekend of October 24-25, 2015. We’ll have details about that, and more information about Brad, later. In the meanwhile, congratulations, Brad!

Photo by Marty Stock

Past Award Recipients

Lifetime Contribution Award — Recommending Someone for the Award

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.

The timeline for recommendations has changed:

Nominations for 2016 must be received by March 20, 2015. 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.  

Do not assume the Awards Committee knows the person you recommend or anything about how this person has contributed to CDSS’s mission. Your job is to write a detailed recommendation that will convince the Awards Committee to recommend your candidate to the CDSS Governing Board as the recipient of next year’s LCA.  

What information should an ideal recommendation include?

  • Your name and contact information
  • Name and contact information of the person you recommend
  • List of major events involving your candidate, describing the nature of your candidate’s involvement [Example: 1994, Program Director, Pinewoods Early Music Week]
  • List of organizations involving your candidate, describing the nature of your candidate’s involvement [Example: CDS Boston Centre, Board 2004-2010, secretary 2007-2010; NEFFA Board, 2001-2004; PCI Board, 2010-present]
  • List of candidate’s publications and/or recordings
  • Description of how your candidate’s work benefited more than one generation [Examples: X has taught dancing to children at Family Weeks and to seniors at Elderhostel events.  Y’s book of contra tunes has been in print for over 20 years; it is a standard in the contra dance community.]
  • Description of how your candidate’s work benefited more than one geographical area [Example: On moving from Berkeley, where he helped found the San Francisco English Country Dance, Z became involved with Boston’s morris and sword community, playing for teams throughout New England.]

We also need to know if you would be willing to ensure the organization of an award event, or to organize it yourself, if the person you recommend should receive the LCA for 2016. If you are not able to do it, please include the name(s) and contact info for people who would like to do the organizing. Award events are organized in conjunction with CDSS, working with Caroline Batson.

The Awards Committee will review recommendations in late March 2015 and submit our recommendation to the CDSS Governing Board for its decision. Thank you for providing detailed, thoughtful recommendations for us to review.