Live Music by Perpetual e-Motion
Ed Howe (fiddle),
John Coté (guitar, didgeridoo, foot percussion)
Perpetual e-Motion begins with the simple statement of traditional, often recognizable dance tunes from Europe and Americas, and proceed to notch it up into a thrilling composition of complex poly-rhythms, melody and counter melody scaffolding exotic and lush chord structures into an amazingly satisfying musical performance drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz and electronic influences. The duo is highly regarded throughout New England for their ability to provide hours of driving, pulsating music for contra dances, which rely on traditional dance tunes as a backdrop.
Contra dances called by: Lynn Ackerson
English country dances guided by: Graham Christian
Some music for English provided by Zephyrs & Flora (Jean Monroe and Julia Hartman)
Checkout this Video produced by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler of Epsilon Films about Perpetual e-Motion.
Hear what they sound like (it's pretty innovative and nice) and how they do it.
First time campers get $25 off their registration fee! Think of it as our "Fresh feet" campaign.
Dates and Fees
Early – by April 5
Late – April 6 – 27
At Door – after April 27
Regular: $250, $270, $295
Student: $185, $195, $220
Work Exchange: $150, $160, $185
Cancellation: full refund if by Apr 5, after $100 for regular/$50 for WE/Student
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.
· Enclose a
check for the Total enclosed amount and make
payments to LCFD.
· You will receive confirmation, camp information and directions via email.
· If you prefer notification by mail, please include a self-addressed, stamped business-size envelope (9½" wide). You will receive a printed letter with conformation, etc., about two weeks before camp.
· Mail these registration materials to:
177 Long Plain Road
Leverett, MA 01054
Attn: Dance Camp Registration
After April 26, please call first so we know how to get directions to you in time.
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.
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 is never set until the last minute, which is why we can't give you exact details. Dancing usually begins Friday at 7:30pm and wraps up on Sunday at 3:30.
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 Chad Rider to make your suggestion or have programming questions answered.
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 Woodstock is in Northeastern Connecticut. This is a YMCA camp that hosts groups throughout the year. Our 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, in heated buildings and unheated cabins.
Six meals, and snacks, are included in all registrations. Camp begins with a dinner buffet on Friday, since not everyone arrives at once. 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.