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Mainewoods Dance Camp
located at Camp Indian Acres in Fryeburg, Maine



Given the spread of COVID-19, the Board is looking at how to ensure the comfort and safety of our campers, staff, and Featured Guests.

First of all, to ease any concerns you have about cancelling, we are for the time being making an exception to our cancellation policy so that you will be free to cancel your registration up to the start of camp without incurring any cancellation fees. This exception to our usual cancellation policy applies to all registrants for the 2020 season.  Also, should anyone need to leave camp due to illness, their prorated fees will be returned.

Note that most of the major airlines are offering no penalty for cancelling tickets purchased between now and March 31. (Be sure to check on the terms of your particular carrier.)

We will continue to update you on any relevant developments. In the meantime, we hope the above will help put your mind at ease.

Why come to Mainewoods?
Mainewoods is a wonderful dance camp, but it is so much more. So often we hear campers refer to "The Mainewoods Experience." What is The Mainewoods Experience? It is the beautiful Maine setting, the ethnic festivities, the wonderful people, both staff and campers, the friendly atmosphere, the incredible ethnic meals, and so many small touches that make Mainewoods a truly unique experience. Is there plenty of dancing? You bet! But there is so much more as well.

2020 Schedule!
SESSION 1: August 16 - August 22
Penny Brichta - Israeli
Ercüment Kiliç - Turkish, Azerbaijani, & Circassian
Vlasto Petkovski - Macedonian
International Folk Musicians - Barbara Pixton, Julia Poirier, Tom Pixton

Plus, Scottish Country Dance with Patricia Williams

SESSION 2: August 23 - August 29
Roberto Bagnoli - International
Paty Rios - Mexican
Nikolay Svetkov - Bulgarian
International Folk Musicians - MerakKef Express

To get an idea of what your week at Mainewoods will be like, take a look at The Mainewoods Experience page.

Scholarships and Kitchen Crew positions available!
For each dance session, Mainewoods offers a few kitchen crew positions, and also a George Bass Memorial full dance scholarship. For more information, and to apply, please see the Kitchen Crew page or the George Bass Scholarship page.

Mainewoods Dance Camp Mission
It is the mission of Mainewoods Dance Camp to preserve and promote International Folk Dancing along with the rich customs and traditions of various countries from around the world. To that end we provide our campers with ethnic exposure to dance, food, song, music, costumes, shared traditions and more. We welcome dancers at all levels of experience, young and old, to join our summer dance community in a natural country setting, for a unique, warm and enriching experience.

"International Understanding Through Dance"

As an organization, Mainewoods is committed to fostering international understanding through dance.  This commitment requires teachers, staff and campers to avoid perpetuating demeaning attitudes and biased assumptions about people. Language that implies bias against persons on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic group, religion, disability or age should be avoided.  While preferences for terms change with time, people within a specific group should be referred to by the designation or name they prefer.

In addition, at no time will Mainewoods tolerate sexual harassment of any kind, including demeaning sexual language, jokes, touching or other sexual behavior, without the expressed consent of the individual to which the behavior is directed.

We at Mainewoods sincerely hope that these policies are already reflected in the behaviors of staff, teachers and campers. However, anyone who exhibits unacceptable behavior may be asked to leave camp.

Recent additions to Mainewoods!

More scholarships

FREE video of all dances taught

Orientation for newcomers

Streamlined registration on arrival

High-speed Internet throughout camp

Mainewoods attractions

Welcoming and friendly atmosphere

Cultural theme days

Wooden dance floor

Basic and advanced classes

Late night dancing every night

Videos of dances taught

Delicious food

Swimming in pool and river