Spreading joy and building community through dance, music, and song for 100 years
Make this summer a celebration of traditional dance, music, and song!

Ah, summer! Time to embrace relaxation, focus on rejuvenation, and get reacquainted with the authentic YOU. It's also the perfect time to reflect on the ways our lives are made sweeter by raising our voices in song, making music with others, and connecting with friends old and new on the dance floor. 

What if there was a magical place where you can not only recharge your batteries but also indulge your passion for contras, squares, and English country dance; jam on traditional tunes; or try your hand at comedy improv, technical tree climbing, or kayaking? And what if you didn't have to travel to one coast or the other for such an experience but you could find it right here in the Midwest? There is such a place, and you'll find it at:

Dance, Music & Spice at Cavell
August 12 - 19, Lexington, MI

Camp Cavell
Photo: Camp Cavell
Escape to Camp Cavell, on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron, for Dance, Music & Spice, a week of dancing, music, art, crafts, outdoor activities, and more, led by world-class instructors! Hone your skills, learn new ones, or just revel in the opportunity to do things you love with like-minded people.

From contras and squares to English country dances and waltzes, from comedy improv to technical tree-climbing, from sunrise to late-night campfires, expect to be delighted. Come prepared to expand your horizons and to be amazed by the creativity and talent of staff and campers alike. We welcome newcomers, old hands and everyone in between. Join us for an unforgettable week of friendship and joy at CDSS' newest week: Camp at Cavell.

CDSS Dance_ Music _ Spice at Cavell
Photo: Nikki Herbst
Our staff leads the way in expanding horizons... They dance! They call! They teach! They play! They sing! They make jewelry! Many of them have hidden talents! And they're fun to hang around with, too!

Carol, Gaye and Kathy will delight you with a lovely mix of contras, squares, English dances, and waltzing. Foxfire (Karen and Daron), Audacious (Larry and Audrey), three-fourths of Combine (Chirps, Dave, Steve), and Brad will conjure glorious melodies, rich harmonies and lively improvisations to send us into dance ecstasy. In addition to dancing to them, you'll have opportunities during the day to join our staff in making music, with band and singing classes and a daily old-time jam.

Kayaking at Camp Cavell
Photo: Camp Cavell
The "spice" component of our camp is an exciting and novel addition to the programming. If you'd like to take a break from dance and music for a bit, or even spend your entire day (and evening!) doing other things, we have plenty of offerings, indoors and out. This year's outdoor activities feature expanded, advanced offerings, including kayaking to Lexington Harbor.

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Scholarships Still Available... Apply Soon!

Thanks to the generosity of friends, members, and camp participants, CDSS offers scholarships to help you have a life-changing week at camp this summer. To apply, register online and include the scholarship portion of the online form or visit www.cdss.org/scholarships. We're offering scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds remain. So please send in your request soon!  Also if you know anyone who might be interested in a scholarship for one of these weeks, please send us their name and email. Questions? Contact Linda Henry at outreach@cdss.org.

Find descriptions of all of our 2018 camps at cdss.org/camp

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