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Contra Dancing in Anchorage, Alaska
Start Summer  2018 with Dance Camp!
The Dancing Bears Dance Camp at the Kings Lake Camp near Wasilla is a wonderful way to finish an exciting dance season, and begin another Alaska summer with activities you cherish.  Dance Camp is held annually during Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Dance Camp activities served with a scenic view of Kings Lake and the Chugach Mountains!

Dance Camp features nationally acclaimed guest bands and callers!

For 2018, please welcome…

Guest Bands --  Stomp Rocket and Buster

Callers ---  Carol Ormand and David Millstone
Camp in your own tent or RV, or bunk in one of many available cabins.  The camp property is large, so there is plenty of room spread out, stroll through the woods, and get away for quiet time when you want to.
Your Dance Camp registration fee includes meals, camping space or cabin, dance workshops, and evening dances.  

An action packed three day weekend of Fun!
 REQUIRED!
      REQUIRED!
Guest Bands and Callers -- They are Fabulous!

​Stomp Rocket  --  Blasting In from the New England contra pad -- Their Launch Button is Huuuge!
                              Three talented musicians -- Dave Langford, Glenn Loper, and Bethany Waickman!

Buster --  Alaskan Favorites -- Scott Meyer, Brian DeMarcus, Garren Volper, Jay Marvin, and Carter Bancroft!

Carol Ormand --  Big hit as a caller since 1990. With delightful humor and energy, she calls contras and squares                                           at dances and dance weekends around the country and abroad.

Dave Millstone -- ​David Millstone has been part of the New England traditional dance community since 1972.
                 Dance caller for 40+ years, he is known for his broad repertoire, good sense of humor, and clear instructions. 


Registration will start on March 15, 2018.

New for this year we offer Online Registration and encourage you to try it!  You may to choose to pay by credit card or by physical check, which you will need to mail to the Registation Bears, Bob and Peg at the address shown below.  A convenience fee is added to credit card payments.

 If you are a Dancing Bears member (paid up!) you will receive a registration form in the mail…if not, you can download a form from this website. 

If you do not use the Online Registration option, you will need to snail mail the forms to the Registration Bears. 

The 2018 Dance Camp Registration Form will be here March 15 -- after 5PM Alaska Standard Time.
              DANCE CAMP 2018!
    MAY 25 - 28.  Registration Starts mid March
The Registration Form and the Waiver Form must both be filled out and signed and returned to register for camp. 
CAMP 2018 ACCEPTANCE PACKET   

Dance Campers! We have made many changes since previous years, so please read all about them to help make your Camp experience the best it can be! Please check out all the NEWLY REVISED and UPDATED Camp info by clicking on each of the tabs below! We ask that you read the info thoroughly...even if you have been to Camp before. You can print any pages that you may need. Thank you for helping our Camp to run smoothly. 
Acceptance Letter Basic information about Camp—what to bring and what to expect. 


Parents’ Information What you need to know if you’re bringing kids to Camp. 
Guardianship Paperwork -- THE FORMS AND INFO YOU NEED TO HAVE IF YOU ARE BRINGING MINOR CHILD TO CAMP WHO IS NOT (LEGALLY) YOURS. 
Read more about the Dance Camp Auction. 
 Click, Auction SOLD!
Camp Rules -- Yes it does!! 
 Dance Camp is located at King's Lake Camp 
​3313 Lakeview Road, Wasilla AK 99654
Dance Camp Notices and Announcements:  

DANCE CAMP NEWS STARTS NOW!! PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR DANCING FRIENDS.

Please tell your newsletter-reading Bear friends that we strongly encourage them to sign up for the listserv. We will post all the latest info on Camp to the listserv and we would hate for them to miss some significant tidbit because they aren’t getting listserv messages. Signing up is easy…just go to the Bears' Website at www://thedancingbears.org and they will find, on the Home Page, a place to “Subscribe to Listserver”. Clicking on that box will get them to another box in which to type one's email address. It is also easy to remove one's name from the list after Camp should one not want to continue to receive Bears and dance related emails.

AGAIN THIS YEAR—DANCE CAMP DISCOUNT RATES FOR
STUDENTS 19-25!!
We are pleased to continue to offer a discount for students 19-25
—Perky Student Bears (with an ID and registering before April 30)
will be able to attend Camp for only $220…a $75 savings from the
regular adult cost for Camp. Student Bears (19-25) on
Scholarships will also be discounted to one-half the cost of the
discounted tuition. Please be sure to register early, and if you
want a scholarship please read the Scholarship info below. 

A REMINDER ABOUT DANCE CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
Cost for this year's Dance Camp will be $295 for Perky Bears
($220 Perky Student Bears)…and it gets more expensive as you
procrastinate on getting your registration in. As always, if you
might be looking for a way to lighten the financial load for Camp
“tuition”, we have several scholarships available. Scholarships
cover half the cost of your Camp fee and entail participating in 7-8
hours of Camp work, generally helping in the kitchen, but there
are also some for other activities such as helping with the Silent
Auction and Camp and bathhouse cleanup.
Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first served basis. A
scholarship does NOT guarantee that you will get into Camp...you
still need to register as usual. And you must be CONFIRMED as a
Scholarship Bear BEFORE registering as one. The details of the
tasks and the registration process may be less confusing if we
chat about them verbally, so if you are interested in a scholarship
or have any questions about them, please contact Barbara
Rowland (223-2327 in Anchorage, or email
barbara@alaskabike.com) soon to get the scoop!!
 Happy Dancin'!! We can't wait to see you at Camp!! 

DANCE CAMP NEEDS YOUR TALENT!! JOIN OUR CADRE OF
AMAZING WORKSHOP TEACHERS AND MUSICIANS!
Greetings All! The Dancing Bears Dance Camp is coming
Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28. We are looking for folks who
want to teach us to dance, as well as musicians who will play for
those classes. In past years, in addition to our "usual" dance and
music classes, our classes have included yoga, massage, Irish
dance, juggling, rounds, and shape note singing--all taught by
talented locals. It's a great way to be a part of Camp and you
even get paid a little!! We always have kids coming to Camp
every year so a kid or family workshop could be just the thing. If
you have a workshop in mind that you would like to offer, please
send me a short description and information on what your
workshop would need in the way of music/supplies/space and
we'll give it our consideration. If you know of folks who might be
interested but aren't on this listserv please share this request with
them. Feel free to contact me via email
at akravenwoman@gmail.com or
call 907-258-1937 (Anchorage). I'm looking forward to seeing you
at Camp!!!
Keep Dancing!
Linda 


Buttons to pdf file links
You Want to Go -- 
Here is what you Need to Do
  BUT WAIT ! THERE'S MORE !
Really important stuff
Hurry! There are still a few spots left at Camp. If you have been procrastinating, here is your chance to redeem yourself! Pop your registration packet in the mail, or register online, and it will get to our Registration Bears before the Thursday deadline.

If you are really into procrastinating, see Linda Hearn at the Pre-Camp Dance at Carpenters Hall, 407 Denali St, Thursday night, (before the break) to accept your Registration Form, Waiver (get them online at the links below) and your money!!

Questions? Contact Linda Hearn at akravenwoman@gmail.com or 258-1937 (Anchorage)
***DO NOT SEND THIS FORM TO THE DANCING BEARS P.O. BOX! ** 
Send registration form with check to:

Dancing Bears Camp                 (Make check out to“The Dancing Bears”)     
 c/o Bob Hume and Peg Faithful  
3101 Brookside Dr.
Anchorage AK 99517
DANCE CAMP, May 25 - 28
What are Playshops? They are like workshops, except they are Fun!
 The full schedule of everything to do at Dance Camp! 
What! Where! When!