Governing Board


The CDSS Governing Board will have positions to be filled next year and would really appreciate your nomination suggestions. Think about yourself and the people you know in your community and beyond. We’re always looking for great people who have the appropriate mix of skills, experience, time, energy, teamwork style and have a passion for traditional dance music and song. Skills that are always needed are fundraising, accounting/financial expertise or business acumen, or other board experience. There are also opportunities to serve CDSS on committees and task groups as community members.

If you know someone who fits any of these criteria, please send your suggestions to us with the following information:

  • Person’s contact information (email address and phone number)
  • How they are involved in CDSS traditions (e.g., singer, dancer, musician, organizer, etc.
  • Professional and personal skills they would bring to the Board (or committees/task groups)
  • Why they would be a good Board (or committees/task group) member

Send suggestions by June 30, 2019 to the CDSS Nominating Committee via email to or by mail to Pam Paulson, 235 S Greenfield Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.

Each year, the Committee goes through a process of reviewing our list of great people and the names you suggest, against the skills and qualities needed on the Board for the year ahead in order to put together a slate of the best candidates. We encourage anyone who might be interested in this process to get in touch with us and learn more about the Board. In addition, the CDSS Bylaws allow a member or members to submit nominations directly to the slate, bypassing the selection process, by sending the information listed above, signed by 10 members of CDSS by June 30. (Submission of this nomination does not guarantee a position on the Board). Please see the CDSS Bylaws (Article 7) at for more details.

Pam Paulson, Chair,
CDSS Nominating Committee


beverly francisBeverly Francis (Dublin, OH) started dancing in Philadelphia in 1974 while on a brief stint studying at Philadelphia College of Textiles. She soon was back home in the NY/NJ area dancing up a storm. English country, contras, morris (Ring o’ Bells) and longsword (New World Sword) were all on the menu. She started calling both contras and English in the late 70’s and these days has settled in as a caller of English country dance in New York where she has emceed many Country Dance New York Playford Balls and mentors apprentice callers. Her forays out into the world beyond metropolitan New York have included staff positions at Pinewoods (Campers’ Week, Early Music Week, and English Dance Week) as well as weekend workshops on the East Coast and beyond.

Beverly worked at the CDSS office when it was in NYC and served a term of the Executive Committee in the early 80’s. She met her husband, David Chandler, dancing in New York City. They have been dance partners for more than 40 years and attended many CDSS family programs with their son. She is retired from a career in public and school libraries, where she taught colonial era dance to fourth graders, even getting them to take hands sometimes. She now puts her read-aloud skills to use with her grandsons.

peter bakerPeter Baker (Ann Arbor, MI) began square dancing in 7th grade in Bay County, MI. He was introduced to contra and ECD in the early 1980’s, and within six weeks was attending Kentucky Summer Dance School and Berea Christmas Country Dance School. He began leading dances because there was no dancing within 100 miles of where he lived. He later became staff for Kentucky Heritage Institute dance camps. Peter leads contra and community dancing. He believes dancing is for everyone and has lead numerous events for “non dancers”, including organizing the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records “Longest Contra Line” in Ann Arbor. He leads dances in schools, churches, street festivals, and wherever he is invited to share this passion. He has been an active organizer and leader in the Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

Peter has also been organizing folk events since the mid-1980’s, starting with the Dow Gardens Folk Festival in Midland, and has been a co-founder of several organizations and events including the Midland Country Dance Society (1984), the Michigan Dance Heritage organization (1987), Dancing in the Streets in Ann Arbor (1998), and most recently, the new CDSS Dance, Music and Spice Camp at Camp Cavell (2016) in Michigan.

susie lorandSusie Lorand (Ann Arbor, MI) has been a CDSS member for most of her adult life. She had few opportunities for dancing before college, but pursued classical violin training in central Michigan and at Interlochen Arts Academy. Then the student folk musicians at Earlham College decided to “corrupt” her into a fiddler.
Later she spent many years in the central New Jersey and Philadelphia dance communities, playing for English, contra, colonial, morris, and sword dancing (when not dancing herself). Leadership roles there included coordinating the Princeton Country Dancers pick-up band, co-directing Rum & Onions, serving on the PCD executive committee and the Lambertville Country Dancers board, and writing the PCD Newsletter.

Susie has appeared on the music staff of dance weeks at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, and Berea, and numerous weekends and festivals. Now in Ann Arbor, she performs with the “Celtic roots” band Nutshell, directs music for Scottish dancing, plays for English, contra, and morris, co-directs the local Threshold Choir, serves on the AACTMAD board, and dreams of getting back into Renaissance music for voices and recorders. She enjoys welcoming and helping new dancers of all ages as well as mentoring musicians. In her spare time she works as an editor and librarian.

David ShewmakerDavid Shewmaker (Washington, DC) grew up dancing in St. Louis and various festivals with his family. He started Contra dancing as a child, first at the Foxhollow Festival, then with the Childgrove Country Dancers in St. Louis, where he learned to flat foot to the Old Time music that was prevalent at the local dances. He is a founding member of Capering Roisters Morris in St. Louis, a former member of the Marlboro Morris Men in Massachusetts, the founder of Cutting Edge Sword in Washington, DC, served on the Board of Directors of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington as both Dance Chair and Vice-President, and was a sound tech for the St. Louis and DC dances.

Over the last 40 + years, he has volunteered for numerous festivals, ales, community radio and countless events. He first attended Family Week at Pinewoods as a child, returned as a teenager to volunteer, and spent many summers cooking and dancing at Pinewoods, with stints in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. He is a fierce advocate for traditional dance and music: Contra and Square dancing is home base, English is his favorite, Balkan is mesmerizing, Irish Sets, Scottish, Scandinavian, Swing, Cajun, Zydeco, Slow Blues, Latin have all had a place in his life. He is a drummer, and enjoys singing and playing English Concertina. He has enormous gratitude for the extended dance and music community that sustains his life. He is a professional chef, and brings the same sense of community and interconnection to his work life that he finds in his dance life.

Doug PlummerDoug Plummer (Seattle, WA) was born in Chambersburg, PA in 1955, attended Antioch College in Ohio, and graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA in 1980. He started taking photos and making prints in the darkroom at 6, learning the craft from his father. After college, and after a detour as a bird research field grunt, he turned to making a living with his cameras. He is now an established commercial photographer and filmmaker in Seattle.

He started contra dancing in Seattle in the mid 1980s, and he started photographing the dances then too. His photography assignments take him frequently to the East Coast, where he always finds a dance to attend and photograph. Since 2012 he has self-published the Contradance Calendar, a photo showcase exhibiting the vibrant life of the tradition. He made a series of short films for Northwest Folklife, and he is beginning work on a documentary film project on one of the CDSS tour communities, Coos Bay, OR. He is also a new piano player and is already in a contra dance band. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Robin Shapiro, and their cat, Shadow.

Pan PaulsonPam Paulson (Waukesha, WI) has lived in WI all of her life and started contra dancing in Kansas City, KS. It’s quite fitting that she started contra dancing as a dance gypsy. After that start in Kansas City she found the local communities in Delafield and Madison. After dancing locally for 2 years she started going to dance weekends, Squirrel Moon, Breaking Up Thanksgiving, and then Pigtown! She was hooked on gypsying and for the next several years she was able to go to around 25 weekends a year! Things have slowed down a bit as far as weekends go, only 12-15 a year now. Pam has danced in 25 states with the goal of dancing in all 50! This year was the first time she was able to go to Pinewoods and it was amazing! She’s fortunate to be able to help with Squirrel Moon held at Folk Lore Village near Madison, WI in September. She makes sure everyone is fed all weekend. In 2008 Pam was the driving force behind starting IndepenDance held in July in Delafield, WI.

Because of her experience gypsying Pam was able to incorporate many of the best ideas and the weekend was a success from the first year! Pam is passionate about contra dancing and loves waltzing. No matter where she is, local dance or weekend, the contra dance feels like home. She’s looking forward to serving on the board to help continue the traditions and link those who love them. To support her dance habit Pam is the Business Manager for a Waukesha Funeral Home.

donald hughesDonald Hughes (Rougemont, NC) (2-year, completing a 3-year term) a long term resident of the Triangle Region of North Carolina, started contra dancing in the mid 80’s. He was introduced to CDSS through English and American Week at Buffalo Gap. Going to camp was a delightful and new experience. Soon he wanted to help out. Being a builder and carpenter, he could make a direct contribution to the camp with construction work. At that point Donald was beginning to realize the power of the work CDSS was doing, bringing people into the fold over the course of their lifetimes, providing a continuity and growth and learning. This was especially notable with the young, seeing children grow up, form attachments, acquire consciousness and grace. Donald has been highly involved in his local contra and English dance organizations, serving in many capacities and on the boards. His work has included being treasurer, facilities management and development, web design, financial systems planning, reworking of articles of incorporation and bylaws, event planning and implementation, nominations, and being a local CDSS scholarship liaison. Teaming with his wife Gail, he developed and put together the Southeast Dance Leadership Conference in 2010, co-sponsored by CDSS and the local groups. Donald’s professional career has included construction, design, teaching, community organizing, non-profit development, photography, and film production. Donald and Gail live in an energy-efficient house he built, designed for dancing at home.

Dorcas HandDorcas Hand (Houston, TX) started dancing in 1973 in South Amherst with Dudley Laufman. A huge Canterbury Country Orchestra, including a friend on French horn, played at her first contra, convincing her to keep dancing! After a few years of New England contra and graduate school, she ended up in Houston and with Barry Cooper began recruiting Texas fans of contra – she called and he played fiddle. It was a slow road, but they got the group interested enough to continue. She was on the founding Board of HATDS (Houston Area Traditional Dance Society), and has served several times since. She is even a footnote in the CDSS News a few years ago on Dudley’s influence across the country. She also started – with Dorolyn Smith – the Yellow Rose Morris circa 1980, when the Men of Houston wouldn’t let the women join them, and later joined Shambles Morris as a mixed side. After 2000, she returned to calling more frequently when her two boys were old enough not to require supervision during dances. By day, she is a school librarian with experience in leadership in local, state, and national library associations. Dance has always provided balance in her life.

Brooke FriendlyBrooke Friendly (Ashland, OR) is a community oriented dance teacher and organizer whose specialties include dance choreography and calling with global terminology. She co-leads a weekly English and Scottish dance, calls contra and family dances, and teaches country dance in a variety of settings: college academic credit, older adults, and K-12 students. Brooke has been on staff at events throughout North America and was program director for Bay Area Country Dance Society English Week. She, and her husband, Chris Sackett, have published four books of dances (Impropriety Vols. 1-4) and produced four CDs with the band Roguery. More info at or

Back in the day, Brooke was on a Morris team. She does rapper and longsword at camps (and dreams of starting a longsword team). Dance isn’t quite her whole life—you might also find her hiking, doing yoga, or in the garden. Brooke loves to sing, especially rounds. Most recently Director of Ashland Center for Theatre Studies at Southern Oregon University Theatre Department, she is happy to be “retired.”

A founding member (1981) of The Heather and the Rose Country Dancers, a statewide organization of English and Scottish dance in Oregon, Brooke also served on the CDSS Governing Board as an at large member (2001-2007). She is delighted to be back in a new role.

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