The Dance Thing is a summertime fusion weekend just north of Seattle, WA. During the day, you can participate in community-driven activities and workshops, or relax and explore the beautiful 50 acres of land the lodge is on. At night you’ll be dancing to your favorite live and DJ’d music until the wee hours of the morning.
This is a CAMPING EVENT, no beds will be available for purchase during registration. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact our accessibility coordinator and we will gladly work to accommodate you.
Experience a taste of history, the beauty of untouched nature, and just enough modern conveniences to ensure a truly memorable event!
The venue features:
• A 1000 square-foot dance hall
• 50 acres of land to explore
• A creek for swimming and relaxing (a 5-10 minute walk from the festivities)
• A central fire pit for evening campfires and s'mores galore!
We're embracing the "unconference" style of workshops for the weekend. This means that if ANYONE has a skill they'd like to share, a topic they'd like to discuss, or even board games they'd like to play, they are welcome to pick a space and run their thing!
We will provide a scheduling framework, but we're open to any workshops or activities people would like to bring to the table.
As part of this year's event, we're excited to be putting together a cozy "outdoor parlor" space for connection and rest throughout the weekend, and we need your help to make it happen!
We'd like to ask the community to bring things that can be found in a living room that offer character. A neat vintage side table, or a really soft blanket, or a pillow with a certain color or pattern, a chair. This is being created in collaboration with Jasmine Dixon (a dancer and artist from the Bay Area), who will arrange your objects into an immersive space for the community to interact with in your downtime during the weekend.
Using design touches that break with familiarity while still being comforting, she'll work experiences into the space using sound, sight, touch, taste, and smell to create a sense of full immersion.
We'd love to have you join us in creating this space! If you've already registered, check your email for the sign-up sheet. Otherwise, get your ticket now!
(Midjourney-generated images below for inspiration)
In seeking to create a sustainable model for organizing this event, we value recognizing and paying our team for their labor from the start. This means all of our organizers, musicians, DJs and contractors are compensated for the work they put in to make The Dance Thing happen.
Our ticketing is structured as a guided sliding scale: the below prices are recommendations based on our budgeting for the event.
If you're able to contribute more than the suggested prices, or they are outside what you can afford, you'll have the option during registration to enter whatever price you feel comfortable with!
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds – we want you here!
Children 12 years old and younger can attend the event free of charge.
Tickets for attendees ages 13-17 are half price.
All attendees who are 18 or older pay the full ticket price.
This year we will be offering the option of a payment plan to all of our attendees!
At check-out, you will be able to choose whether to pay upfront, or to split your ticket into 2 or more equal payments. If you opt in to a payment plan, you will be billed upfront for the first portion, then again every 7 until your ticket is fully paid for.
We will be offering 5 communal meals during the weekend: Friday evening, Saturday midday and evening, and Sunday midday and evening.
As we plan our menu, we will endeavor to offer options to account for as many allergies and dietary restrictions as we can, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate everyone. All meals will definitely be nut-free, with gluten-free and dairy-free options.
The Dance Thing is a community effort, and would not exist without the time and hard work of our many volunteers. If you love this event and want to be a part of making it happen, please consider volunteering for a few hours during the weekend. We need/appreciate/love any help you can give!
In our efforts to make this event equitable and accessible to all, we are separating volunteer roles from financial need. Volunteers will not receive monetary compensation, but will have the gratitude of everyone involved and the satisfaction of helping the event run! When we all put what we can into the event, we can all get what we need out of it.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the "volunteer" section during registration. Our most needed roles are food prep, set up, and registration, but if you have any special skills you would like to offer please let us know!
The Dance Thing is a large, primarily outdoor event with indoor dancing. Our COVID policies and procedures are intended to protect our community. That being said, we recognize that with any large event there is some risk. We reserve the right to adjust these practices if significant public health changes occur close to the event.
We are requiring the following to attend our event:
COVID vaccinations are required. All attendees must submit proof of COVID vaccination. This can be either a picture of your up-to-date CDC vaccine card, or a screenshot of a valid digital COVID vaccine record. Make sure your upload clearly shows: Your full name & date of birth, manufacturer & date of each shot/booster.
Rapid testing will be required ON SITE at the event.
Testing ahead of time may be a good idea in order to prevent any surprises after travel but you will still test when you arrive at the venue.
We will be providing 3 tests to each attendee - one to be taken upon arrival, and one to be taken before breakfast on Saturday and Sunday of the event.
If you test positive or find yourself sick prior to the event, please stay home, and contact us to discuss a refund.