The San Francisco Bay Queer Contra Dance is hosting its tenth annual dance camp within the lush redwood forest of Monte Toyon, a beautiful camp facility near Santa Cruz, 79 miles south of San Francisco, where you'll be housed and fed and offered a weekend of gender-role-free dancing. Beginners are welcome. Contra is an exuberant, friendly, easy-to-learn American barn dance with roots in English folk dance. While many of our dancers are LGBT, we cheerfully welcome folks of any and all persuasions! Take a weekend away to dance, relax, make friends, and enjoy the lovely California redwoods.
Contra Dance Callers: Will Mentor and Lindsey Dono
Giant Robot Nano is the compact and mighty force of three musicians from the Northeast's Giant Robot Dance. Aaron and Andrew Marcus and Andrew Van Norstrand have woven connection through several other musical connections, including family bands, and multiple genres. Giant Robot Nano delivers big sound in a streamlined mix of low-tech and high-tech wonders!
Free Raisins An energetic dance band from Boston, the Free Raisins fuse New England roots with a modern groove. They promise a versatile mix of supremely danceable tunes. Come out and get your two scoops worth! Check them out at Dance Flurry 2014 here!
Lindsey Dono hails from the
Northwest, and delights in traveling to share her love of dance with her contra family. With serene and sunny
instruction, Lindsey transforms newcomers into avid regulars while
keeping veterans piqued with sophisticated programming. Lindsey incorporates waltz,
lindy hop, blues, jazz, and ballet into her repertoire, with lately over fifty swing variations in play!
Off the dance floor, Lindsey revels in archery, hiking, gardening, and chats about science. Check her out on PubMed!
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"
Monte Toyon: Nestled in a grove of coastal redwoods, Monte Toyon camp is adjacent to the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park in Aptos, California. Accommodations include shared rooms in Cary Lodge and Miller and Morris Dormitories, ranging 4-10 people a room. (If you have a lodging preference, including co-ed or same-sex options, please arrive when camp opens at 6:00 p.m. on Friday; rooms are not pre-assigned.) Meals are served buffet-style with vegetarian and vegan options. (Refrigerator space is available for those on special diets.) Monte Toyon also offers hiking trails and a beautiful rhododendron garden.
Bedding: Campers bring their own sleeping bags or sheets, blankets, and pillows. Local dancers can help those coming by plane: please provide bedding to help lighten a traveler's load and save on baggage expenses. If you can provide/would like bedding, please check the box on the registration form.
Non-gendered Housing: This year Cary Lodge and Morris Hall will again have no gender designation--neither will bathrooms in the dancing and dining hall areas. If you require a bed in a gendered room, please indicate so on the registration form and space will be reserved for you.
Dance camp opens at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Dancing begins Friday night at 8:00 and runs through 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Expect a weekend full of contra dance (accessible to all levels), to include special sessions for beginning and advanced dancers.
If you can offer a ride or need a ride to/from camp, please let us know on the registration form. We will help match riders with drivers. Flying? Consider San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose airports. There is shuttle service from S.J. Airport to downtown Aptos; campers can then take taxis to Monte Toyon or call organizers for rides.
Because we offer sliding-scale registration, you can help your fellow campers by donating a little extra -- please include a separate check to SFBQCD with your mail registration, or register as an Angel online. We are a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, so your donation is tax-deductible. Many thanks!