Next Generation Dance Camp

Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp

NGDC 2018 took place at Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp October 5-7, 2018.


Music by the Waxwings and calling by Yoyo Zhou

Jesse Partridge (Riffraff, Contra Quartet), Amy Englesberg (Free Raisins, Wake Up Robin), and Alex Sturbaum (Countercurrent, Gallimaufry) formed the Waxwings on a lark in 2016, and since then have been playing sweet, sultry, and stomping tunes throughout the Northwest. The Waxwings combine a sweet and lyrical fiddler with two powerhouse rhythm players who double as accordionists. Their joyful, pulsating sounds impel you to defy gravity with every step.

Yoyo Zhou

Yoyo Zhou is a caller and organizer from the Bay Area who is known for his thoughtful teaching and fun dances. He has been calling dances since 2012, sometimes on a few minutes’ notice, to contribute to making the joy that is our dance community happen. He believes in helping dancers get the most out of each dance.


You can download a PDF of the schedule here.


Because we wanted this event to be available to everyone, NextGen had a sliding scale, so campers decided how much makes sense for their financial situation. Below are suggestions, paired with how they related to our expenses and who we suggest pay these amounts, but campers were welcome to pay anything above our minimum of $125.

Minimum: $125 - Suggested for students, people with debt, and other people for whom coming to camp is a financial strain.

Break even: $185 - This is the rough break even cost per person. If you can afford to pay this amount, please do! If you can’t afford this amount, please pay less!

A little extra: $245 - This covers the break even cost for you plus some of the cost to bring someone else. If you’re financially comfortable and secure, we recommend paying this amount (or more!). We also recommend paying at least this amount if you are 40 or older.

Bring a friend: $370 - This covers your cost plus the cost of one other person. If you love the mission of helping build community and leadership among young people in the dance community and can afford it, this amount will help us continue to make camp sustainable, and make it accessible to more people.