Monthly Archives: September 2012

Bravo Brad—part two with video highlights!

by Rima Dael, Executive Director

As promised, I said I’d follow up with another blog on the Bravo Brad event from the end of August with a video montage and thoughts from others. Here is the link to the video!

Thoughts from others…

David Millstone, CDSS Board President
“Bravo Brad!” brought a series of CDSS luminaries and other “Friends Of Brad” from such diverse locations as Ontario, California, Seattle, and Florida to pay a well-deserved homage to the man who led CDSS for more than two decades. Not shown on this edited video are the many other parts of the evening–two musical tributes by Laurie Andres on accordion and Jacqueline Schwab on piano, brief comments by Rima and myself, a terrific demonstration of rapper dance put on by members of the Pinewoods camp crew, and a series of hilarious skits organized by Karen Axelrod. The evening dance program included dances written for Brad, including two commissioned by the CDSS Board–an English country dance (by Gary Roodman, tune by Jonathan Jensen) and a contra (Steve Zakon-Anderson)–and a waltz (by Jonathan) written for Brad and his wife, Barbara. It was a lovely event.

Sharon Green, Bravo Brad Committee
What a wonderful gathering of the clans at English Week to celebrate Brad’s 28 years leading CDSS. It was a joy to see folks from as far away as Tom Siess (London, Ontario) and Ellen Judson (Seattle), there to pay tribute to Brad and to thank him for all he’s done for CDSS and for us all.

Jackie Algon, Past CDSS Board Member, Bravo Brad Committee
When someone as giving and impactful as Brad Foster gives 28 years of his life-energy to an organization, it is very satisfying to thank him in a way that he’ll recognize is from our individual and our collective hearts. The event was truly joyful and gratifying as evidenced by the smiles on everyone I saw and the happy feedback I heard later, and the special guests who made their ways to Pinewoods to toast Brad added wonderful warmth to the evening’s festivities. My thanks to all of those who worked to make Bravo Brad! so special for Brad and his family, and for the community as a whole. And, to Brad: Bravo!

Steve Howe, Director of Programs, Bravo Brad Committee
We turned 4 hours of English Dance Week on its head, shifting dinner, moving dessert, adding a few guests and toasting Brad for his 28 years of leadership of CDSS. It is clear that Brad is still a very active part of this community, directing English Week, traveling to call, and supporting the ongoing work and mission of the Society. Bravo Brad!

Yes, Bravo Brad indeed!

Cheers, Rima

Video by David Millstone

It’s Time for…

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director

Quick, a CDSS Pop Quiz…what do the following people have in common?

George Fogg, Bob Dalsemer, Tom Kruskal, John Ramsay, Bob McQuillen, Chuck Ward, Tony Barrand, Margot Gunzenhauser, Dudley Laufman, Patrick Napier, Fried DeMetz Herman, Jack Langstaff, Larry Jennings, Helene Cornelius, Sue Salmons, Kate Van Winkle Keller, and Marshall Barron

Besides being uber-cool, the answer is: they are CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award recipients!

Dudley and Rima, June 2012; photo by Pat MacPherson

All of these great folks worked with CDSS for more than 20 years and have made exceptional contributions to the mission of our organization. The passion, creativity and joy these individuals have fostered is paramount to who we are. These awards are important to me simply because it is an opportunity to say thank you. It is a time to convey our gratitude for the hard work of helping us achieve our mission. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, dancing and working with some of our recipients and chatting about the legacies they created. I am humbled because I have much to learn from each lifetime award recipient. I look forward to our upcoming celebration of George Fogg in Boston this October. To learn more about George and other awardees, checkout the Lifetime Contribution Awards page on the website.

So we’re looking for recommendations for 2013! 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 20 years? 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 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 2013 must be received by January 2, 2013. Send your recommendations to or to Awards Committee chair Mary Devlin, If you prefer snailmail, 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. NEW: Recommendations must be for living persons. Please include a one-page explanation of why the person deserves the award.

The Awards Committee will review recommendations in early January and submit a short list of nominees to the CDSS Governing Board for its decision.

I look forward to seeing the award recommendations come pouring in!!

Thanks, Rima

CDSS’s New Logo

by CDSS Executive Director Rima Dael

Hello CDSS friends and family!

The CDSS Fall newsletter is arriving in your mailboxes now. In the newsletter, in our annual report and other places online, and in our store you’ve begun to see our new logo!

Here is the short version, with our initials; the full name version is shown in the photo below.

This logo was created by input from staff feedback, first initiated by our interim executive director, Marie Dalton-Meyer, and a brainstorming session, facilitated by Lisa Sieverts, with the CDSS Board at the Annual Meeting in April. We took images of movement, hands connecting, community, fiddleheads, G clef and C clef to showcase the letters C-D-S-S and our full name.

Our work at CDSS supports the work of those who are the dancers, musicians, singers and organizers. I wanted to make sure the logo reflected that, so the image of reaching out to take someone by the hand was an important concept. We took these ideas to consultant Lisa Sihvonen-Binder to help craft the initial look of the logo, and then we went to Andrews Associates to create its brand image that we can use on letterhead, e-communications, store items, etc. And this is how our logo came to be.

Check out our new store items! I am a huge fan of our new water bottle…which has come in handy for us when our air conditioning went out and the office was HOT! The weather is a little cooler now, we have fans, but we’re hydrating using our super cool (pun intended) water bottles. With the fall dance season upon us what a better way to stay hydrated?

Be well, Rima:)

Social Cohesion and our Role in It

by Rima Dael, CDSS Executive Director

Happy Friday…and now indulge me as I step up on my soap box.

You’ve heard me say it a few times now that I love what I do because I consider it “important fun” and that I am passionate about the impact of the Arts in our society. Well, a friend, Heather Carpenter, wrote an article in The Nonprofit Quarterly about a new study released by the National Conference on Citizenship titled “Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds.”

Heather’s article highlights that, aside from the safety net that the nonprofit sector’s service provides, nonprofits aid in fostering social cohesion which also helps in preventing unemployment. Social cohesion is defined as “the level at which citizens trust, talk to and help neighbors, and socialize with family and friends.”

Well, that’s what we at CDSS help promote, fund, sponsor and participate in! The participatory dance, music and song that we do help promote good feelings in a communal setting. So yes, we are a factor in preventing unemployment—another fantastic and significant reason to support the important work that we do!!

Stepping off my soapbox now….

Have a good weekend, Rima 