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Contra Dancing in Anchorage, Alaska
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 2023, please welcome…  

Guest Bands --  FREE RAISINS  and  KGB

Callers ---  Wendy Graham Settle and Jacqui Grennan
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 Callers and Bands -- They are Fabulous!

​Guest Bands -- FREE RAISINS and KGB

Callers --- Wendy Graham Settle and Jacqui Grennan
Registration wll begin approximately Feb or March 2023

We offer Online Registration. 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 2023 Dance Camp Registration Form will be here (To Be Determined) -- after 5PM Alaska Standard Time.
The Registration Form and the Waiver Form must both be filled out and signed and returned to register for camp. 
CAMP 2023 ACCEPTANCE PACKET  (Available: To Be Determined) 

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:  

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR DANCING FRIENDS!
Please tell your dancing friends that we strongly encourage them to sign up for the listserv if they are not on it already. We will post all the latest info on Camp to the listserv and we would hate for them to miss some significant tidbits because they aren't getting listserv messages. Signing up is easy...just jump online and go to: thedancingbears.org where they will find a white box 3/4 down on the right-hand side of the Home Page to “Subscribe to Listserver”. Clicking on the box will get them to another box in which to type one’s email address. (If there is a problem contact Linda at [email protected]). 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.


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 22-25. 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 [email protected] or call 907-258-1937 (Anchorage). I'm looking forward to seeing you at Camp!!!

Keep Dancing!

Linda 

DANCE CAMP REGISTRATION STARTS MARCH 15TH!!
The excitement is building!! We are closing in on registration! If your membership and address are current, your paper copy should on its way to you later today, so it should be in your mailbox by the 15th. Registration will go live on the website (thedancingbears.org) sometime on the 15th. Click on the Dance Camp tab and then the registration tab. Don’t forget to include the signed Waiver Form if you mail in your registration.

We will have online registration available again this year. The link will go live on the 15th and will be noted on the Registration Form. (https://dancingbears-dance-camp-2019.cheddarup.com) If you choose to use a credit card, there will be an added convenience fee. You are welcome to send a check if you prefer not to incur that cost. Details will be online.

The Playshop Schedule is still being created and is not available at this time.

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
[email protected]) soon to get the scoop!!
 Happy Dancin'!! We can't wait to see you at Camp!! 




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You Want to Go -- 
Here is what you Need to Do
  BUT WAIT ! THERE'S MORE !
Really important stuff
***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
 The full schedule of everything to do at Dance Camp!   What! Where! When!  
Details of Camp Schedule and Playshops are Currently under development and will be available as soon as possible.
​What are Playshops? They are like workshops, except they are Fun!
 King’s Lake Camp. Wasilla AK. May 26-29

Callers

Wendy Graham Settle of Durango Colorado serves up delicious and nutritious dances for all. She hosts folk and social dances in her hometown and calls community dances, and dance camps in the U.S. and abroad.

Jacqui Grennan of Los Angeles choreographs many of the dances she calls, paying special attention to transitions, connectedness and timing. She is the dance organizer for the Fiddling Frog Dance Festival in Pasadena CA.

Bands

Free Raisins. An energetic dance band from Boston, San Francisco and Vermont, the Free Raisins fuse New England roots with a modern groove. They promise a versatile mix of extremely danceable tunes- come out and get your two scoops worth!

KGB. With fiddle, mandolin, guitar and piano, KGB creates subversive music, lulling the unwary with traditional New England contra tunes, then jumping off into Balkan modalities, tango riffs and bluesy jigs.

COVID Policy

The Dancing Bears will follow Center for Disease Control recommendations and Country Dance and Song Society Community Guidelines when making final decisions on COVID protocols. We will assess the situation just prior to opening registration. If you register and become ill before camp, if someone in your household becomes ill, or if you are otherwise exposed to COVID, please stay home - we will refund your fee.


Some of the information below will be updated later!
As Soon as possible!