Good To Know!

April 20, 2018:   Below is the text of the 'welcome' email sent to everyone that has registered for the weekend.

Dear Desert Spring Dancer,

Welcome to the Desert Spring Contra Dance Weekend in Mesa AZ! 
We can’t wait to dance with you the 4th weekend in April (the 27th –29th) at the:
   Monte Vista RV Resort
   8865 E. Baseline Rd.
   Mesa, AZ 85209.
The Desert Spring website is at: www.danceinaz.org.

Below is detailed info on Desert Spring 2018 and a suggested list of what to bring to have a great weekend:
  Talent                                     Space Available                    Food                Clothing Exchange
  Thurs. 4/26 Dance at ICC      Housing / Camping              BYO Cup        Staying Connected 
  Registration Policy Change    Schedule + Workshops        Raffle              Last Minute Info 
  Getting to the RV Resort        Techno Contra Session        Roster              Packing List

The info in this email, with updates as needed is also available on the ‘Good to Know’ page on our website, danceinaz.org. 

THE WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES begin on Friday, April 27.

  • 6:30 PM: The hall opens. 
  • 7:30 – 11PM:  Dance, Dance, Dance! 

From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, there will be plenty of contra dancing day and night in the dance hall. In addition, workshops for dancers and musicians will be offered during the day in nearby meeting rooms.

You’ll love the INCREDIBLE TALENT of two amazing bands, Buddy System and the Rhythm Raptors. Rick Mohr and Seth Tepfer will expertly guide the dancing fun. Desert Spring ends on Sunday with a dance finale from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

THURS NIGHT DANCE:  On 4/26 come out to the Irish Cultural Center 1106 N. Central, Phx for a preview dance with Buddy System and calling by Deb Comly.  Lesson- 7, Dance- 7:30-10:30.

REGISTRATION POLICY CHANGE:  The planning committee has decided to end the policy of lead-follow balancing for the weekend.  If you’ve already registered and have concerns regarding this policy change, send a reply to this email .

GETTING TO THE MONTE VISTA RV RESORT:  Desert Spring is being held at the at the Monte Vista RV Resort, 8865 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, 85209.  The resort is on the south side of Baseline Rd, just south and east of the intersection of the Loop 202 and Rte 60 freeways.  Look for ‘Contra Dance’ signs directing you to the ballroom.

There is SPACE AVAILABLE for more dancers to join us for this exciting weekend. If you know of anyone who would delight in a weekend of music and dancing, please invite them to sign up.  Contact us if you can’t make it for the entire weekend, we should be able to work something out.

HOUSING / CAMPING:  Housing options for the weekend include nearby hotels, a State park and County park with camp sites, RV spaces with hook ups on site, and housing with a local dancer.  Check the Housing page on our website for more info.

SCHEDULE: The preliminary dance and workshop schedule is attached and is available on the website on the ‘Schedule and Workshops’ page. The final schedule including workshop descriptions will be posted on the website closer to the weekend, and will be posted in the hall. Limited paper copies of the schedule will also be available in the hall. You are encouraged to print a copy of the final schedule before you arrive or download it to your portable device.

WORKSHOPS:  The draft schedule currently on the website includes the preliminary list of workshops.  Descriptions for the workshops will be added soon.  Bring your instruments for the music workshops and jam sessions; and / or your ukulele for the ukulele workshop.

TECHNO SESSION:  The Saturday night dance will include a techno contra dance session with live music by Buddy System. We’ve been able to borrow some black lights for the evening and will have glow sticks available.  Bring your favorite black light friendly clothes (white, fluorescent pink, yellow, orange, green) and light-up accessories for the techno session. 

FOOD: Healthy, delicious, and plentiful snacks will be available throughout the weekend, including a light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

   A full lunch will be provided on-site on Saturday.  Lunch will include a vegetarian option.  We won’t be able to cater to all dietary restrictions, so if you need special food, please bring it.

   Our schedule will give you time to explore the area where you’ll find a variety of eating options.

Check out the ‘Food’ webpage for more details including our ‘grab and go’ set-up.
A restaurant list will available on the website a few days before the weekend starts.  Copies will also be available in the hall.

BYO CUP: You are encouraged to bring your own cup for coffee and hot drinks, and don’t forget your water bottle. We will also have the traditional May Madness mug adoption option again this year to help us minimize trash. You may adopt your own ceramic mug from the collection of gently used May Madness mugs for just a $1 donation. If you love your selection, you are welcome to take it home after camp.

RAFFLE: Support young dancers and the Desert Spring scholarship fund by buying tickets or bringing items for our Desert Spring raffle.  Check your closets and drawers for beautiful, interesting, or useful items that your friends will cherish (or at least bid on).  Raffle items could include artwork, chocolate, musical instruments, books, jewelry, music, chocolate and non-perishable food treats, and other miscellaneous tchotchkes and baubles.  Donations of chocolate for our ever-popular chocolate baskets are always welcome.  Buy your tickets early and often as the raffle will end Saturday night with winners announced on Sunday morning.

   Please bring your donated items to the hall on Friday.  If you can drop them off before the dancing starts, that will help us with getting everything set up for the raffle.

CLOTHING EXCHANGE: Are you getting tired of that same old shirt? Favorite skirt getting a little tight or loose? Need a new swirly skirt or t-shirt to round out your collection? Bring your clean, new-ish dance clothes and shoes to the clothing exchange and trade them in on a new look. Any items not adopted during the weekend will be donated to Goodwill.

ROSTER: The preliminary Desert Spring Roster is attached. It won’t have late-comers on it, but it might help you find someone to carpool or share a room with. Please review your own information and e-mail Judy at judy.norman@juno.com with updates or changes. Print or download a copy for your use during the weekend. A final roster will be emailed after the weekend.

STAY CONNECTED with other Desert Spring dancers, join our Facebook page, Desert Spring Contra Weekend. Here you can chat about getting or offering a ride, sharing rooms, exploring the area (check out the Musical Instrument Museum), or just see who else is excited about the weekend.  Please consider checking the FB page if you’re able to help out fellow dancers with a ride, etc.

LAST MINUTE INFO: Any updates to the info provided here, and any other last minute info will be posted on the ‘Good to Know’ page on our website, danceinaz.org, and on our our Facebook page, Desert Spring Contra Weekend. 

PACKING LIST:  Here are some suggestions of things to bring to keep you safe and comfortable in the warm, dry climate of central Arizona.

  • A reusable water container and coffee mug. We will have plenty of liquids on hand, but it helps the environment to cut down on the number of cups we use. There will be marking pens to put your name on your own cup and water bottle. Please be careful with open containers on the wood floor in the ballroom.
  • Light, loose, comfortable clothing. The chance of warm weather is greater than the chance of rain!
  • Several extra shirts / tops if you tend to get damp while dancing. We will have air conditioning and fans in the ballroom, but extra changes might be a good idea.
  • Soft soled shoes that are comfortable and easy to dance in, but separate from street shoes to help protect the dance floor
  • Several extra pairs of cushiony socks
  • Black light friendly clothes and light up accessories for the techno contra dance 
  • A sun hat and sunscreen for your outdoor excursions in the day time
  • Musical instruments and/ or recording devices for workshops and jam sessions
  • Ukuleles for the Ukulele workshop
  • Your raffle items and any clothes destined for the clothing exchange.
  • Extra $ for band CD’s and your favorite treasures from the Desert Spring raffle.
  • Flyers and information to share about your home dances and events  

Please DO NOT BRING pets or alcohol.

Please DO bring your unscented hygiene and beauty products for the weekend as a courtesy to your friends with chemical sensitivities.

OTHER QUESTIONS? Please visit the Desert Spring website at www.danceinaz.org, or email  desertspringcontra@gmail.com, or call/text Carl at (602) 268-7181. We’ll do our best to find answers and help you have a wonderful weekend in Arizona!

We’ll see you in Mesa on April 27!


The Desert Spring Team