Ithaca Dance Camp


Location: Arnot Forest, Van Etten NY (South of Ithaca).

Nearest Airport: Tompkins County Regional Airport.

Time of Year: Last weekend of June (Thurs. dinner - Sunday Lunch).

Who Attends: Families, Dancers, Dance Leaders, Lovers of Nature and Community.

Weather to expect: Can be hot and muggy or cool and rainy-this is a sweet time of year here in the Northeast, can be buggy/mosquitos but lovely green time to be in the woods and meadows!

Accommodations: Arnot Forest
The Arnot Forest is a beautiful camp in the wooded hills about 15 miles from Ithaca. It has several rustic cabins (a few with heat) that sleep about 8 people each, tenting space, and hiking trails. There is a main lodge (with a kitchen) where we dance and eat together. There is a central building with showers and restrooms. We also rent a Port-a-pot for near the lodge for use during Dances sessions. For more information about Arnot Forest visit

Special Considerations: There is an incredible amount of open space, land for hiking and creek walking. Limited cell phone service-we encourage everyone to unplug for the weekend! This is a collaborative camp from the ground up - everyone shares in meal prep and clean up as well as set up and clean up of the Dance space, we Dance where we eat.

All meals are Vegetarian. The lodge where we Dance is lovely but has a concrete floor so good comfy shoes are strongly encouraged. We have an amazing kid space cabin and family friendly scene coordinated by loving families and those who want to play.

Special Features: This is a collaborative camp in all ways, from meals to Dance sessions. For those interested in leading Dances at the gathering, we do a Friday afternoon meditation and facilitated meeting to connect and build community. Those interested in leading also join in on-line sharing in the weeks leading up to the gathering, to begin attuning to our shared leadership, sense of purpose, and the spirit of the camp.
Work Trade Scholarships are available.

Contact/Registrar: David Gallahan (our registrar) if you would like a registration form, or Diane at (607) 272-7582 for general information.

Camp Write-Up: Dance. Sing. Find Joy. The Ithaca Dance Camp is an annual weekend retreat in the beautiful Arnot Forest. Each year, about 100 people gather to Dance, sing, cook, eat and live together in community. All are welcome.


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