Golden Boot Award
The Golden Boot is awarded each year to a person or group in our community that has made significant and sustained contibutions to the Gay and Lesbian square dance community.
Please see the IAGSDC main website for the list of Golden Boot recipients.
Few moments at the annual IAGSDC convention are more dramatic than the presentation of the Golden Boot Award. Carefully chosen by the past year's recipient, each winner has advanced gay and lesbian square dancing in ways that have earned our community's recognition, respect, and gratitude. Past winners have described an overwhelming flood of emotions when their names were announced as that year's recipient. Most also tell of a difficult and sometimes painful process of picking the next winner.
Anyone who has attended a convention knows the significance of the Golden Boot Award. Some can even recall each year's recipient. So with all of its honor, prestige, and recognition, it may be easy to forget the award's humble origin.
Origin of the Golden Boot Award
On May 1st, 1983 Art Smith was presented with the first Golden Boot Award at Puddletown Squares' graduation ceremony. As founder of the club, Art received a gilded trophy worth its weight in glue and spray paint. The award was crafted from a used western boot that had been sprayed gold and embellished with gold chains and rhinestones. What it lacked in charm and sophistication, it made up in feeling. The other half of that pair of boots became part of the crown for the Honky Tonk Queen.
After the first convention in 1984, Art was so moved by the spirit of the event that he decided his Golden Boot Award should be passed on to future generations. After receiving green lights from Puddletown Dancers and the president of the IAGSDC, Art prepared to pass on his award at the 1985 convention. At Denver, Art presented an engraved plaque to gay and lesbian square dancing's first club, the South Florida Mustangs.
Each year since 1985, winners have been announced at our annual convention. It is an honored tradition that the person or group that receives the award selects the next recipient. The selection is kept secret until presentation at convention, and at that time an appropriate token (gift of acknowledgment) is given.
In the words of Art Smith
"The spirit of the Golden Boot Award belongs to everyone. For it is all of us contributing together, sharing our energy, our dedication and most of all our love that is truly the spirit that is honored. When any one of us gives 100% of the best of what and who we are, that is the finest example of the essence of what the Golden Boot Award exemplifies."
List of Golden Boot Award Recipients
|(none)||1985||no award given|
|South Florida Mustangs||1985||Denver||Promenade Along The Rockies|
|Dave "Happy" New Year||1986||San Francisco||Star Thru The Golden Gate|
|Scott Carey||1987||Portland||Explode The Rose|
|Ken Pollock||1988||Phoenix||Cross Trails In The Desert|
|Freeman Stamper||1989||New York||Peel The Apple|
|Karl Jaeckel||1990||Vancouver||Northstar Promenade|
|Harlan Kerr||1991||Miami||Cast A Shadow In The Sun|
|Keith Snowdon||1992||Albuquerque||Diamonds In The Desert|
|Anna Damiani, Stan Boyden, Bill St. John||1993||Seattle||Remake The Circle|
|Luis Torres, Bill Eyler||1994||Washington||Stars & Squares Forever|
|Anne Uebelacker||1995||Chicago||Track II Chicago|
|Carol Van Camp||1996||San Francisco||Stars, Thars & Cable Cars|
|Kris Jensen||1997||Las Vegas||Wheel & Deal|
|Mike Staples, Ric Gonzalez||1998||Portland||Weave The Rose|
|Paul Waters||1999||Los Angeles||Lights, Camera, Linear Action|
|xxxx xxxxx||2000||Baltimore||Crack The Crab|
|Betsy Gotta||2001||Vancouver||Make Magic|
|Andy Shore||2002||Toronto||Cloverleafs & Maple Leafs|
|Rick Hawes||2003||San Diego||Anchors Aweigh With a Half-Sashay|
|Ett McAtee||2004||Phoenix||Remake The Heatwave|
|Seth Levine||2005||Santa Clara||Star Thru The Silicon Galaxy|
|All Join Hands Foundation||2006||Anaheim||When You Wish Upon a Thar|
|Scott Philips||2007||Denver||Red Rocks and Purple Mountains|
|John Mckinstry||2008||Cleveland||Touch A Quarter Century|
|Bob Young||2009||Washington||DC Diamond Circulate|