Downloads, Dates, Fees
Contras Called by Will Mentor
English Led by Robin Hayden
Music by The Figments
First time campers get $25 off their registration fee! Think of it as our "Fresh feet" campaign.
Dates and Fees: later
Gender free dancing is the theme of LCFD dance camps. Our main focus is contra dancing, and we always supplement the program with English country dancing.
You don't need to bring a partner: don't be shy, just ask someone to dance. We mainly attract lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer folks, but we welcome and get anyone who wants to dance without reference to gender roles.
For those who want to more about being a Trans Ally see this page on our site.
Programming is never set until the last minute, which is why we can't give you exact details. Dancing begins on Friday at 7:30pm and wraps up on Sunday at 4:00.
Dancing is pretty much non-stop, with meal and sleeping breaks. The program is organized as a single main track, with part time alternate tracks on Saturday. We have a variety show after dinner on Saturday, followed by the major dance, styled as a costume ball (costumes optional - but encouraged). For the variety show, anyone can do a skit, song, poem, story, comedy or other performance.
The contra dances are at all levels. There is usually a Saturday workshop for beginners to polish up a bit, though each contra dance is usually taught in a walk-through at the beginning.
We also have non-dancing breakout-room events. Past events have included callers workshops, musicians workshops, shape-note and round singing, twelve-step groups, music jam sessions, and more. Some of these activities will be led by camp staff and other by campers. More information about these activities will be available closer to the camp date.
Going to another dance or fly-in? Bring flyers, become a distributor! (Most people get just one flyer, but you can choose to be a distributor and get 5, 10, 20 or more in our bulk mailing. You can also special-request flyers from firstname.lastname@example.org). See the downloads section on the right for available flyers.
Camp Chimney Corners is in western Massachusetts. This is a YMCA camp that hosts groups throughout the year. We will be the only group there for our weekend. It is a very nice looking camp sited on a lovely undeveloped lake. The Arts Center (heated) where we will dance is just off the lake.
There is a dining hall that can be used for dancing as well if we need it for parts of the program; it is quite large and has two small side rooms for sitting or small workshops.
Accommodations are in four dorm buildings that are heated. We'll be there after the outside bathhouses have been closed for the winter, so the unheated (and no-bathroom) cabins won't be convenient for most people, but they are available. The Becket Motel is nearby if you wish to arrange your own private room and can afford the extra cost.
Six meals, and snacks, are included in all registrations. Camp begins with a dinner buffet on Friday, since not everyone arrives at once. Snack food is available in the snack room at all times. The last meal is lunch on Sunday.
Meals will accomodate both vegetarians and omnivores. We have been working with our camp cooks for years to help plan menus.
Don't bring scented products (deodorants, soaps, perfumes, etc.). People have varying levels of chemical sensititivity, and in close quarters these scents will make some dancers ill.
Campers need rides. Some fly in, others are naturally footpowered. Please be a kind soul and mark on your registration form your willingness to drive. We publish a list of people offering and needing rides, so that the needy can call the driver. Riders will call you in plenty of time to arrange the favor.
A camp directory is published with the contact information of other campers; you can also indicate if you are willing to host out-of-town dancers coming to a local dance. The directory is not published or allowed to be distributed elsewhere. If you want to be left out of the directory, mark that on your registration form; if you want only some information printed, please indicate that.
We can record separate directory and business/publicity addresses for those of you with townhomes and island retreat addresses..
LCFD is a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Country Dance and Song Society's (CDSS) 501(c)(3) status, and is able to offer scholarships funded by contributions by other members. The generosity of our friends has helped keep camp solvent. If you would like to donate, please contact our treasurer, John Gintell, at email@example.com.
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