LCFD Spring Dance Camp - May 3- 5, 2019     Woodstock, CT

Camp Location
YMCA Camp Woodstock
42 Camp Road
Woodstock Valley, CT  06282

Registration info
Dates and Fees:
  Early –  
by April 7
  Late – After April 8
  At-the-Door - After April 28

Registration Categories:
  Early: $305 
  Late: $325
  At-the-door: $350   
Work Exchange or Student:
  Early: $190
  Late: $200  
  At-the-Door: $210 

You may pay a partial deposit at registration and pay the balance at camp (check, cash, or PayPal):
  $50 (for Student or Work         Exchange} 

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

Cancellation: full refund if by April 27, after $100 for regular: $50 for WE/Student. Can be applied to 2019 Fall camp or Spring 2020 camp.

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

contact the Registrar

Ben Sachs-Hamilton:
 via email to
 or telephone:  802.999.1021

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.


We have some really great things lined up for our upcoming dance weekend with Alexandra Deis-Lauby calling Contras, Graham Christian calling English, and a band composed of Eric Boodman, Julie Vallimont, and Benjamin Foss.

We want LCFD Dance Camp to be an event that people of all genders and sexualities feel comfortable attending, and have taken concrete steps to ensure that camp is a safe and supportive space for trans, nonbinary and genderqueer folks.

Camp has gender-neutral bathroom and housing options, and we encourage campers to include pronouns on their name badges. We also hold a "Gender 101" session to clarify some of the rapidly evolving language and understandings around gender, and we have volunteer "Queer Ambassadors" who make themselves available to answer questions from other campers.

The gay & lesbian dance community has not always been seen as a supportive space for non-cisgender people, and we are committed to changing that perception. We hope you will join us in broadening and strengthening this very special community!

If you have any questions, please ask us at 

And then register!

About the Staff:
Our band composed of Eric Boodman, Julie Vallimont, and Benjamin Foss  is an energetic dance band that promises a versatile mix of supremely danceable tunes—come out and get your two scoops worth!

Alexandra  Deis-Lauby is a  NYC-based caller, dancer and organizer. She is happy to call to crowds of experienced dancers, new dancers and everything in between! Alexandra Deis-Lauby began contra dancing in 2011 while at school in Chicago. After catching the contra bug, she began calling in 2014. Her smooth voice, clear teaching style and engaging dance selections delight dancers from coast to coast. When she's not calling, you can find her on the dance floor twirling away!

Graham Christian started dancing at Swarthmore College, but fell in love with it years later, at an LCFD camp. He has gone on to become one of English Country Dance's most visible leaders; he has taught ECD all over the United States and in England, Belgium, Canada, and Germany. He is a consultant for the Country Dance and Song Society; his book of and about historical dances, The Playford Assembly, was CDSS' Centennial publication, and is now in its third printing. He is also a musician and a stage director; he has given numerous concerts and staged operas, musicals, and plays in Western Massachusetts.


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.


The final schedule isn’t known until close to the last minute, but you can view last year’s camp schedule here.

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

Camp Woodstock is in Northeastern Connecticut.  This is a YMCA camp that hosts groups throughout the year. Our main dance hall overlooks a lovely undeveloped lake. The dining hall has a small side room for dancing, and there is a fun and comfortable yurt for more dancing. Accommodations are dorm style with bunk beds, in heated buildings and unheated cabins. We offer options for men, women, and all genders. You can view the housing options and a map of the camp here.

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. 


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.


As an incentive to bring in new campers, we offer the chance to win a prize. For each new camper that registers, your name is entered into a raffle drawing held during Sunday lunch. Refer three people? Get three chances!

Still Curious?

Here’s a video from a past camp, courtesy of Mark Galipeau. David Millstone calling, Tidal Wave musicing.