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Now in our sixth year, Dance Camp Northwest is creatively based on the hugely successful Dance New England which began 40 years ago to birth and nurture the ecstatic, free, and barefoot dances peppering the planet today. We join the movement toward creating dance camps to serve, deepen and evolve humanity by interweaving our tribal roots into one earth community.

Camp is best when we are all actively participating, so please share your time, talents, and passions in as many ways as possible!

Dance Camp is sponsored by Dance Collective Northwest, a 501c3 Washington State Non-Profit
-- a volunteer-run, creative collective of people who love to move.

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We emphasize:

  •  efforts that co-create community
  •  respect for differences among individuals and cultures
  •  empowerment of children, elders,
     and all community members
  •  acknowledgement that our bodies and environment
     are amazing and sacred
  •  a free, safe and respectful environment for
     self-expression
  •  nonviolence and creative conflict resolution
  •  acknowledgement of the contributions we each make
     to our community

Volunteerism  is our primary resource: our members will contribute hundreds of people-hours to co-create Camp and make it a treasure. More than just a vacation, it's a community in which you are invited to participate in any way you can. We can't do it without each other. Many hands make light work. Work together for a common goal is satisfying, fun, and connects us to others in new ways!  Work together makes camp affordable and available to a diverse community of fantastic folks.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining a committee.

 

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Organization/Governance

The way we decide will greatly determine what we decide.  Dance Camp Northwest is committed to maximizing inclusion, power-equivalence, transparency, brilliance and happiness.

The Board  is the consent-selected governing members in service to Dance Camp Northwest. In conversation and full consent with the whole community they create policy and program, build the budget, select the CCG, PC, Registrar, Cook, Bookkeeper, Camp Manager, and do long-term visioning and planning. If you know someone appropriate for the board, please talk to folks connected to the process, or email your nomination, including why you think this person would be appropriate for the position. Board members are expected to be involved with other aspects of camp and meet regularly. Their expenses for meetings may be covered and they receive a free camp for each year they serve.

Camp Coordinating Group (CCG)  members work for two years in several committees. They get lots of hands-on organizing experience, free camp for each year they serve, plus an extra free camp after they complete their two year term. They are selected by the board in consultation with the community.

Peace Council  The PC deepens the safety, love, and power of camp and campers. Council members make Mediators available to resolve conflict, offer workshops to the camp and make policy proposals to the board. They process conflicts not resolved by mediation. Most Peace Council members have therapy, healing, or social work experience. The PC consults with non-PC therapists and healers and others in the community — as needed to make camp safe, deep, and edgy.

Safer Braver Sexier Formed in 2018, the Safer Braver Sexier Committee’s mission is to encourage empowered and informed safety on and off the dance floor, to compassionately listen to, acknowledge and respond to the needs of marginalized members of our community, and to promote our freedom to reclaim “sexier” through the courageous understanding and use of consent practices for all dancers.  Read more about the history and aims of this committee under "Safer Braver Sexier".

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