Details about Splashdance
What's it all cost?
Not much! We're still working on our budget, but it will be very affordable.
What's the camp like?
We do all this at Camp Ton-a-Wandah in Hendersonville, NC. It has a very good main dance floor, a second dance space, lots of parking and camping spaces, a dining hall built on the dam (it’s actually below water level, very cool!), and of course, a big lake with lots of paddleboards, kayaks and canoes for us, a fire circle for late-night singing, and more.
Where do we sleep?
Tent camping is great, if you’re comfortable with that. There are also plenty of cabins (Men, Women, Family) — it’s first come first serve on bunk spaces (though if you ask to bunk with a certain group we’ll try and do that). Bring your own sheets (twin), blankets, towels, pillow. It might be chilly: bring a layer. It might be hot: bring a window fan if you can. It’s always dark at night: bring a flashlight.
For those looking for more luxurious accommodations, Hendersonville and Flat Rock are both very close. Sorry, we don't reduce the admission fee if you stay off-site. It's a flat fee to rent the camp, so we need everybody to chip in for that whether you stay on-site or not.
Is admission less if I stay off-site?
Sorry, no. It's a flat fee to rent the camp, so we need everybody to chip in for that whether they stay on-site or not.
Are there showers?
There are two shower houses, one all-gender, one for Women and children (and we'll make it easier to find that one this year!) And all cabins have a bathroom and a sink where you can take a bird-bath.
And there's a lake, you know...
Again, there are more luxurious accommodations in Hendersonville and Flat Rock.
What's the food like?
Harriette Bugel (True Color Cooking) will be running the food show this year, as she has many times in the past. Tell her about food allergies and preferences on the registration form.
Friday dinner is bring-your-own picnic, eat in the dining hall for sociability or wherever you want. Then Harriette makes Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, and Sunday Breakfast, and Lunch. Oh, and great snacks at the Friday and Saturday dance breaks. Five meals for $40, vegan and gluten-free options - just do it! Make your life easy!
Can I bring my children? What's it like for them?
Yes! They can dance Saturday morning, swim and play Friday and Saturday afternoon, and enjoy each other’s company with our professional youth activities coordinator, Leah Hyde. Camp has an outdoor playscape, a game room with books, ping-pong, air hockey and a library, and 300 people who play well with each other, as role models. Parents can also volunteer to help Leah out for an hour or two. (We give different jobs to non-parents.)
How do I get to call a dance or two?
Diane Silver will be coordinating the calling in advance to provide a fluid and varied program for the dancers. So if you want to call, please let Diane know, as she will be scheduling the Fri/Sat slots in advance.
Who do I talk to about playing in the band?
Laura Light coordinates most of the music; Suzanne Hosch manages the morning and pre-dance waltzes. Come play and jam with talented volunteer musicians from both our local dance community and far flung communities, including Paul Moore (Curious George), Nic Coker, June Advincula, Lew Gelfond (Flying the Tune), Laura Light (Avant Gardeners), Emil Olguin from LA (Frequent Flyers), Janet Muse from Charlottesville, Bob Kirkman and many members of the Atlanta Open Band, and of course our own Asheville Open Band. Many more local and visiting musicians will be appearing! The music is always great. There are additional opportunities to play at the other dances, (square, English and barn), waltzes, swing on the beach, late night blues and informal jams. Look here at some tunes we often play.
Can I bring my dogs / cats / horses / alligators?
Well, service dogs are allowed, but bring a service-dog license for them please.
Can I bring my canoe / kayak / sailboat / yacht?
No. The camp has lots of canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards, free of charge, but they don't want yours mixed up with theirs.
Can I sleep in my RV?
Yes, but not if it's huge. There's a narrow road up to a large soccer field we use for car camping. Pickup trucks are fine, but big RVs won't make it.
I have a different question.
Excellent! Ask us! We'll probably add it here.