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Registering For Camp

Dance New England is so much more than a drop-in and drop-out festival. We encourage folks to sink in, dive into, form connection, to DNE, to the land, to people, to the music. If you haven't joined us before, there's so much to see, hear, and learn about our community. Even if you have been with us before, it takes some time to shake off the dust of the road, to switch gears from the rest of your life in order to drink in what is here for you.

We've developed distinct blocks of time that best sustain the container that is DNE Camp. These blocks of time, registration options, help facilitate optimal opportunity for a satisfying and nourishing Camp experience.

We offer three registration options in which to have the maximum enjoyment of your time in community! - The first four nights - The last seven nights - THE WHOLE 11-NIGHT THING!

Registration fees are on a sliding scale, to create accessibility and to honor choices and personal circumstances. Your registration is not a ticket and can not be transferred or substituted even if you are part of the same family.

Please read through all of this page before registering.

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If you would like to register by mail, request a paper registration form by emailing

DNE provides various opportunities through its Work Exchange/Scholarship Program to reduce camp fees, which are intended for those who could not otherwise afford camp! What is Work Exchange?

August 2018
First 4 nights
Arrive after 1:00pm Wednesday;
depart by 5:00pm Sunday
Last 7 nights
Arrive after 1:00pm Sunday — end of camp, Sunday
Full 11 nights
Arrive after 1:00pm Wednesday — end of camp, Sunday


We encourage everyone to register early as we fill up each year. You can be added to a waitlist if your preferred registration option is full.

Wait listing is not automatic; select YES on the registration form if you would like to be put on a waitlist for your preferred attendance choices.

If your first choice is not available, your deposit will be applied to your second or third choice.

Balances, Deposits, and Refunds

Deposits must accompany your registration. No registration is processed without an accompanying deposit.

for each adult, age 26 and above, $100 per individual for each young adult, age 18-25, $75 per individual for each minor child, $50 per individual Deposits can be made via PayPal (link at the end of registration process) or check (Payable to DNE).

Balance is due by July 20th. If you are applying for work exchange or scholarship, please read the relevant section.

Registrations with outstanding balances are subject to cancellation starting July 25 to make room for wait-listed registrations; canceled registrations will be refunded 25% of their deposit, plus any amount paid over the deposit.

Any confirmed registrations with an outstanding balance by the start of camp (August 1) may be subject to an additional 5% late fee.


If you need to cancel your registration, contact the Registrar (email or call (617) 830-1865 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT).

Cancellations requested by June 25 will have 50% of your deposit cheerfully refunded. (If you paid your whole camp fee, all but 50% the deposit amount will be refunded.) Deposits will not be refunded after June 25 unless your registration has been canceled to make space for a waitlisted registrant, in which case 25% will be refunded.

Work Exchange/Scholarship

DNE’s Work Exchange program offers refunds to attendees based on hours worked. For each hour worked, DNE will refund $13.30 from your paid registration, not to exceed your total registration fees.

If you’re interested in Work Exchange:

Once you’ve completed these steps, the Work Exchange coordinator will confirm that you’ve registered and share your information with relevant area coordinators.

As Work Exchange is a refund program, you are still responsible for paying your balance by July 20th. Resulting refunds will be distributed at the end of camp, or mailed after camp.

DNE has some limited additional financial assistance for participants in the Work Exchange program. Scholarship is only given to those in the Work Exchange program, in proportion to Work Exchange performed.

The kitchen/dining hall area is an important part of camp that requires a large number of campers for work exchange. If you are interested in working in that area and have related questions, please feel free to contact, Michael, our Dining Hall Manager directly at or call 207-653-9905.

If paying your balance in full prior to camp is a burden, or you have any other questions, contact Samantha at

Registration Changes

If you change your registration, your late fee will be adjusted using the fee schedule in effect on the date of the change - not the date of your original postmark.

Calculating your Fees

(Refer to this section while filling out the registration form)

The philosophy

Our goals are fairness, paying our bills, and simplicity. What follows is our current best effort at meeting these goals.

There are several ways of sharing the cost of a day at camp. Here are three possible ways:

  • Equalize the dollar amount for each person. Each person would pay ~$85 per day.
  • Equalize the % of income for each person. Each person would pay 1/4 of 1% of their income per day.
  • Equalize the number of hours each person works to pay for camp. Each person would pay 5 hours of his/her earnings per day*.
  • Keeping the above in mind, you need to choose a daily fee. Look at the income chart below to determine your daily rate. (If you pool your income with others, add your incomes together and divide by the number of adults.)

What do we mean by "what you earn in one hour?" In calculating your hourly earning, include time you spend in preparation, accounting, phone work, etc. For example, if you earn $40 per hour to teach a class and you take an hour preparation time for each hour of paid work, your hourly rate is actually $20. ↩

Adult and Young Adult Daily Fees

Income Range

$0 - 25K

$25 - 45K

$45 - 65K

$65 - 85K


Adult Daily Fee Range

$75 - $107

$107 - $140

$140 - $173

$173 - $203

$203 - $236

18-25 Yr Old Daily Fee Range

$65 -$107

$107 - $140

$140 - $173

$173 - $203

$203 - $236

Young People's Daily Fees


Under 6 mos

6 mos - 12 y

13 - 17

13 - 17 no parent

Daily Fee






No one knows your life like you. We all have different needs and choices with our earning, spending, and day-to-day life. We pay by a sliding scale. However, there is no simple calculator to determine Camp rates for you that includes all the variables in your life.

Adjust your daily rate upward based on assets (owning property, having a trust fund or inherited wealth, a retirement plan, etc.) or downward based on responsibilities (healthcare, tuition, dependents, unusual losses, etc.).

Consider what Dance New England means to you - and others. Pay the amount you feel is appropriate. Please do not choose a fee below $75 ($65 for young adults) or less than what you earn in one hour, whichever is greater.

If you cannot afford $75 per day ($65 for young adults), please consider applying for Work Exchange & Scholarship so that you can join us.

Late Fees

Late Fees are incurred if your online registration is received after May 25 (or paper registration is postmarked after). Late fees are waived for those coming to camp for the first time.

Reminder: late fees will apply to staff starting June 22

Fees increase by: $25 after May 25 by $50 after June 22 by $75 after July 18 The last late fee after July 18 is waived for young adults who are between 18 and 25.

Questions? Please consult our FAQs before contacting the Registrar.

To contact the Registrar, Zsuzsi Gero, email, call (617) 830-1865 between 9:00am and 9:00pm EDT, or send postal mail to PO Box #34, Roslindale, MA 02131.

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