BACDS American Dance and Music Week — July 3-8, 2011 BACDS American Dance and Music Week, July 3-8, 2011

Registration Information and Details

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Register online, or print the registration form and send it by mail. You can pay by mailing a check after registering online, or print the registration form and mail it with a check, or pay online with a credit card via Google Checkout.

The full fee of $595 includes room, board, and tuition. For campers 30 years of age and younger, we have a special sliding fee scale, based on the camper's age at the start of camp:

  • age 26-30: $220
  • age 23-25: $165
  • age 17-22: $110

All registration applications must be accompanied by the required minimum deposit of $150 or the full camper fee, and will be considered in order of receipt of payment. Please mail check or money order in US dollars drawn on a US bank, or use the online payment by credit card.

Detailed camper information will be sent out in early May.

Final payment is due by June 5. Payment may be made by mailing a check, or online using a credit card. If final payment is not received by June 5, your registration will be canceled (and subject to $30 cancellation fee) and your slot offered to the next camper on the wait-list. Registration after June 5 must be paid-in-full online by credit card, in person by cash, or by mail with cashier’s or traveler’s check.

If you are planning air travel, it may be helpful to know that camp is a little more than a one hour drive from either the San Francisco or San Jose, CA, airports. Many airlines fly into one or both airports which are equally convenient, so airfare and schedule convenience can be your guide.

The camp program begins with dinner 5:30pm Sunday, July 3. Campers can begin arriving at camp after 1:00pm. If you are assigned setup chores (see your detailed information which will be sent in May), please plan to arrive at camp at 1:00pm to help with setup.

All cancellations incur a minimum $30 fee. $150 will be retained for cancellations received after April 26. $400 will be retained for cancellations received after June 5. The entire registration fee will be retained for cancellations received after June 19. To protect your investment, you may wish to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

Only full-time registrants will be accepted. Participants 17 years-old are welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult. Smoking is not permitted in any area of the site, and pets are not allowed. Alcohol is prohibited on the YMCA grounds. All campers will be required to complete and submit the release form prior to camp.

In keeping with the community-building character of the American Dance an Music Week Camp, all campers are expected to contribute by performing light daily chores. For the health of all camp participants, please use fragrance-free personal hygiene products (provided by the camp). Detailed information regarding products provided, as well as those you might choose to bring yourself will be provided following your acceptance.

The new camp location and revised schedule allow for a greatly reduced camp fee, only $595. To encourage participation by younger campers and unemployed or under-employed members of our dance community, we have a new sliding scale for reduced camp fee. We ask all campers who are able to pay the full $595 camp fee to do so. But if that would make it impossible for you to join us at camp, please consider the sliding scale reduced fee, and sign up for additional chores (including helping with setup and take-down). The number of reduced-fee spaces is strictly limited by the number of full-fee campers, so please help support your fellow campers by paying the full fee if you can.

Housing is dormitory-style cabins, each holding up to 12 people. A very small number of semi-private rooms are available for couples for an additional premium of $100 per person, double occupancy, to full-fee campers on a first-come basis. Please include that premium with your payment, and it will be refunded if we are unable to accomodate your request.

BACDS offers two other summer dance camps in 2011: English Week at Bishop Ranch near Healdsburg in Sonoma County, and Family Week at Foothill Horizons in Sonora at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Key Deadlines

  • February 12
  • Online Registration Opens
  • March 13
  • Lottery Postmark; $150 Deposit Due
  • March 21
  • Notification of Acceptance
  • April 26
  • $150 Cancellation Fee Retained
  • (All cancellations incur a $30 minimum fee)
  • June 5
  • Final Balance Due; $400 Cancellation Fee Retained
  • June 19
  • No Refund upon Cancellation
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Transportation to Camp

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We will send an e-mail to registered campers to ask about your transportation needs, dietary restrictions, medical needs, etc.

There is no shuttle service from San Francisco or Oakland Airports to the dance camp. The Jones Gulch camp is inland from the coastal village of Pescadero, about a one-hour drive from the San Francisco or San Jose airports. You can also rent a car at either of the airports. If you indicate that you need a ride, our hospitality coordinator will contact you a few weeks before camp to arrange transportation with a local dancer.

I appreciate the friendliness of the BACDS organizers. Makes first timers feel welcome. [I] enjoyed the little extras—coffee bar, dress-up, costuming, etc.

-Craig Meltzner, Santa Rosa, CA