LCFD Fall Dance Camp  -   Oct 18-20, 2019       Becket, MA

Camp Location
YMCA Chimney Corners Camp
748 Hamilton Rd
Becket, MA  01223

Registration info

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Dates and Fees:

Registration Categories:

  Early – by Sept 22
  Late – from Sept 23 - Oct 13
  At-the-door - after Oct 13

  Regular: $305, $325, $345
  Student: $190, $200, $210
  Work Exchange: $190, $200, $210

First time campers get $25 off their registration fee!  Think of it as our "Fresh feet" campaign.

Cancellation: full refund if by Sept 22; after $100 for regular/$50 for WE/Student. Can be applied to a future camp in 2020.

Scholarship:  available for WorkExchange people, minimum payment is $50.

Children are welcome. Inquire about rates and housing.

Students should enclose a photocopy of their student ID or show it when registering at camp.

Fees include housing, food and snacks.




              30th Anniversary of our Dance Camps

Contra Dances called by Bob Isaacs







  


English Country Dancing called by Tom Amessé
                                                                    








Music by The Turning Stile 
Joanne Garton (fiddle),
Aaron Marcus (piano, concertina, foot percussion, banjo),
and Alex Kehler (fiddle, nyckelharpa, låtmandola))

Our first camp was held in late August 1989 at the Otter Lake Conservation School in Greenfield, NH.  Chris Ricciotti, our Queen Mum, was the organizer, programmer and caller of this first camp, along with Linda Henry (piano), Bob Snope (Concertina) and Amy Larkin (Fiddle) “Nantucket Sound”. Starting in Winter of 1990 we decided have had two dance camps each year. 38 of these camps have been at this site in Becket, which we starting using in the Winter of 1992.  Originally our language terminology was “Arm Bands” and “Bare Arms”.  For many years we used this terminology until May of 2017, when Linda Leslie & Chris Ricciotti as co-callers test trialed an entire weekend of “Larks” and “Ravens”.  Until recently, we have been the only camp using gender-free terminology, and now, driven by young dancers who want this tradition to encompass the diversity of their social needs, have been helping to change this in a number of local communities and dance camps.  Come join us in October this year as we dance, play music, sing and celebration 30 years of this rich diverse and unique tradition of gender-free traditional dance!

We have some really great things lined up for our upcoming dance weekend with Bob Isaacs, Tom Amessé, and The Turning Stile. We really want to encourage trans/genderqueer/non-binary dancers to come give us a chance. We really are committed to making everyone feel safe and respected, even if we haven't handled this perfectly in the past.

You may be asking: but how will you do this now? 
Well, besides our standard gender-neutral bathrooms, all-gender housing, and pronoun buttons, we're adding two new items. One, a Gender 101 session to clarify the rapidly evolving language and understanding of gender, and to offer helpful tips on respecting differences. Two, we are designating "Queer Ambassadors" who have volunteered to be a resource and will happily answer questions one-on-one. 

We are listening and working on being responsive to this call to action.What we need is to continue hearing all your voices in the conversation. Without your voice and presence at camp, what is being proposed for this, and future, dance camps will not be as effective or lasting. Join us at camp! Be part of the change. Help us to grow and reach out.

If you have any questions, please ask us at camp@lcfd.org 

And then register!

General

Gender free dancing is the theme of LCFD dance camps. Our main focus is Contra dancing, but we regularly supplement the program with English Country dancing and occasionally have some other form of folk dancing. Dancing usually begins Friday at 7:30pm and wraps up on Sunday at 3:30pm. Please arrive no earlier than 5:00pm Friday, unless you are doing Work Exchange and are designated for early arrival.

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.

Programming

The final schedule isn’t known until close to the last minute. A draft will be posted several weeks before camp.

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. For the variety show, anyone can do a skit, song, poem, story, comedy 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 may also have non-dancing breakout-room events: it is largely up to the campers to propose and lead these. Past events have included shape-note and round singing, twelve-step groups, music jam sessions, and more. You can propose (and lead) an event after you get to camp, or write to Chris Ricciotti to make your suggestion or have programming questions answered. Socializing with old and newly met friends is always part of camp.

Campsite & Housing

Chimney Corners Camp is in Western Massachusetts.  This is a YMCA camp that hosts groups throughout the year. Our main dance hall is in a building that has the snack room, the boot room, bathrooms, and space for other activities..  Accommodations are dorm style with bunk beds, in heated buildings and unheated cabins. We offer options for men, women, and all genders. 

We invite everyone to make requests about housing when you register (location, whom with, etc.); we’ll do our best to accommodate, in order by time of registration (including deposit). Requests based on medical needs get priority—let us know about that when you make the request.

For those who are flying in from out of town, we can supply you with the bedding basics (sheets, pillow, blanket, towel, washcloth)  if needed. Mark this on your registration form. 

Meals

Six meals, and snacks, are included in all registrations. Meals will accommodate both vegetarians and omnivores. We have been working with our camp cooks for years to help plan menus. Mark any special dietary needs on the registration form and we will do our best to accommodate.

Camp begins with a dinner buffet on Friday, since not everyone arrives at once. The last meal is lunch on Sunday.

We Are Fragrance-Free

Don’t bring scented products (deodorants, soaps, perfumes, etc.). People have varying levels of chemical sensitivity, and in close quarters these scents will make some dancers ill. Unscented products win the day.

Ride Sharing

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 riders can contact drivers. Riders will call you in plenty of time to arrange the favor.

Camp Directory

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.

Donations & Scholarships

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. You can make a donation by entering an amount on the registration form.

Scholarships are limited and are avail­able on a first-come-first-served basis. Please pay as much as you can, and register for work exchange. We don’t want to turn anyone away from camp for lack of funds. If you have questions, please contact our treasurer, John Gintell.