Dance Camps & Festivals

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BC Camps & Festivals

Chehalis Contra Dance Camp each September. This year it's 14-16 Sep 2012. A residential Contra dance camp (MUC) setting on in the Fraser Valley. Live music, two bands, two callers, room & board

Raincoast Ruckus, is on sabbatical. Vancouver in-town Contra dance weekend, Feb, two bands, two callers, MUC & Trad squares, occasionally a beginner workshop, partial alternative/2nd track program, billets offered, potluck dinner Sat option. Wish to help run it for next year? Get in touch, they'd love to hear from you

Canadian Camps & Festivals

ALGOMATRAD -- Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Family Camp. Mid-August, week-long, Sun. - Fri. Per name. Primarily a residential camp, some openings for day-campers; please inquire. On St. Joseph Island, North Channel of Georgian Bay. 60 km east of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, (approx. 7 to 8 hour drive from Toronto) just off Highway 17, accessible by automobile (or boat!). Web site hosted in USA.

Ooh La La! Dance Weekend - Richmond, Que.  Early July. Contra dance & Québécois Dance. Three callers, three bands/musicians. Partial alternate program. Hotels, motels & camping. No billet mention. Unfortunately uses Gmail for contact & web site hosted in USA.

USA Regional Camps & Festivals

Dancing Fool, Seattle, Feb., in-town weekend. High end MUC, "Hydrate or Die" event. Two bands, two callers, no frills. 2010 first dance was no-walk-through and changed third time in! Billet list offered, one makes own connections from it. In autumn 2011 DF added a "Fall Fool" in October

Lists, Resources - Festivals @ Contra Dance / Contradance Links for Festivals, Camps, and Weekends. Mostly USA, some Canadian and other. Main page

The Dance Gypsy - "for dancers with wanderlust" - traditional, contra and folk dance (inc. ECD, Family, SCD, Trad. Square). Highly recommended, with a perusal beyond the obvious


Many otherwise named events also include dance; Contra, Barn, English Country, even Morris. 

"Fiddle Tunes", in the Port Townsend area each spring has a considerable quantity of dance. As well many, many musicians love to play for dance and so quite a number of Music camps include sessions of interest for that. These are what one may expect to be included in this list. Suggestions welcome

NB Most events have mailing lists, and many sell out or fill up quickly. Learn about the event, get on their list, apply when it's open, which may easily be earlier than you would think!.

NB Some events, notably the Modern Urban Contra (MUC) ones, may be gender balanced. So, gals -- get your applications in early; guys -- never think it's too late, however . . .
Applying as a mixed gender "couple", regardless of any other relationship situation, may help some gals be accepted later in the registration process. One simply submits the apps at the same time, no other statements