The San Francisco Bay Queer Contra Dance is hosting its eighth 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.
Music: "Frost and Fire" ()
Contra Dance: Mary Wesley
Sound: Nick Cucci
Frost and Fire: Music from Vermont!
Mary Wesley: Placeholder for Mary!
Alan Twhigg: Scottish country dance instructor, Alan also performs in a Scottish country dance and Scottish Highland dance performance troupe, Red Thistle. More to come!
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: The second floor of Cary Lodge (including bathrooms) will have no gender designation--neither will bathrooms in the dancing and dining hall areas. If you require a bed in a non-gendered room, please indicate so on the registration form and space will be reserved for you. Priority is given to transgender individuals and their companions.
Dance camp opens at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10. 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.
A minimum $150 deposit is required. Work exchange positions are limited, and based on demonstrated financial need. All work exchange applicants will need to submit their need in writing, for review by the board. Everyone doing work exchange must help with either pre-camp setup or post-camp cleanup, along with some work shifts during the weekend. A small number of first-come, first-served $80 scholarships are available for people who would otherwise have difficulty affording dance camp. Scholarship applicants also will need to submit their need in writing, and must sign up for work exchange. Online registration available soon!
You can help your fellow campers by donating to the scholarship fund: please include a separate check to SFBQCD with your mail registration or click the "Donate" button below to make a contribution online with a credit card or PayPal account. We are a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, so your donation is tax-deductible. Many thanks!