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Ruby Slipper Award

Ruby Slippers sparkle - they symbolize the inner spark or passion that the recipient has for RCDA.

The award is given to someone who freely gives of their time and talent to support and further the mission of RCDA within or outside the organization.

The award is given as needed/deserved, no more than once a year (Hoedown or annual meeting) to celebrate someone who meets the criteria in any number of ways.  If there is no deserving candidate in any given year, the award is not given. There is NO mandate that the award must be given – even if there are nominations. The committee reserves the right to give or withhold the award each year.

Ruby Slipper Award Recipients 

2011 - Ruby Luke

2017 - Donna Horn

2012 - No recipient 2017 - The Cuff
(special award for Rain Country’s 10th anniversary)
2013 - Jim Drew 2018 - Pete Winowitch
2014 - Ray Nutter 2019 - Phil Flores
2015 - Klint Kendrick 2020/2021 - No recipient
2016 - Terry Felts

2022 - Barb Buys

Examples of criteria:

  • The recipient exhibits a passion for dance
  • Gives service to RCDA consistently
  • Responded above and beyond the call of duty
  • Builds bridges with the community in support of the vision/mission of RCDA 
  • Outstanding achievement in support of the vision/mission of RCDA
  • Inspires others to give and achieve


  • In what ways has the recipient fostered the goals and mission of RCDA?
  • What makes them a role model within RCDA?
  • How have they promoted or supported RCDA to the community at large (GLTBQ and beyond)?

[April, 2011 by Executive Committee]

Rain Country Dance Association

VISION: to be the Northwest hub of a flourishing, self-sustaining, Country Western dance community serving GLBTQ people and friends.

MISSION: Rain Country Dance Association creates a friendly environment for GLBTQ people and friends to meet and dance in the Pacific Northwest. We support this Country Western dance community by providing opportunities to dance, learn, and perform.

Rain Country Dance Association is an LGBTQ+ nonprofit social dance organization driven by our members. For more info, email:

Rain Country Dance Association
1122 East Pike Street  PMB 1155
Seattle, WA 98122–3934

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