Overview of Mountain Springs Resort

Dancing in the Valley 2013

Creativity, Connection and Fusion at Mountain Springs Resort — a Summer Dance Camp with Dance for Joy! and Friends

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, September 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Leads and Couples Off-site Available!

This Summer...

while indulging in the grandness of the Beaver Valley and the extraordinary Mountain Springs Resort, explore the exciting interaction of Creativity, Connection and Innovation in Waltz and Fusion Blues.

For one price, you will enjoy breathtaking surroundings and all of the following...

  • A Meet and Greet upon arrival. Meet up with old friends or soon to be new friends, check-in and breath deep.
  • 4 meals. 2 brunches in Beaver Lodge catered by Mountain Springs Resort and 2 dinners prepared by Lilli Ann and company at the Ponderosa Lodge
  • A bed in a charming shared room or loft for 2 nights. You choose the price level for accommodations. Sorry at this time, very limited couple private rooms are available — this is camp, think bunkhouse accommodations but very, very nice rooms and baths. For photos of the setting, the amazing lodges and lovely rooms go to mtsprings.com/photos
  • Plenty of dance instruction. This year we explore the magic that is created on the dance floor when refined connection, the identity of the music and your individuality all come together to make a dance that expands and joyfully enhances our lives. We'll explore through Waltz (Cross-step and Rotary/Turning Waltz) and Fusion Blues how we can tap into our creativity and inventiveness and create the kind of connection we all can love in each 3-minute affair with a partner.
    For the uninitiated, Fusion Blues is beautiful slow to mid-tempo dancing to a wide variety of music, in open and closed positions. With practice and learned skills, you can bring moves you already know into play, musically infuse your own style and vary the rhythm patterns to create magical moments. Much like Tango, each moment is an opportunity where there are no "right" moves — only the next moment to play.
  • 3 hot tubs. Out on the decks, one at each main lodge
  • Joyful dancing. Live music Sunday evening, DJ'd music by Nick Enge and Lilli Ann Monday evening, and a farewell late morning dance on Tuesday.
  • Amenities. And to top it all off, this resort has horses (riding paid to and arranged separately with Mountain Springs Lodge), pool tables, volleyball and more, so the schedule will reflect time on your own to ride, relax, hot tub or just sit a spell and chat with your favorite buds.

Click here for photos from the 2013 Dancing in the Valley!

Evening dances at the Hall at Beaver Lodge.

The (Approximate) Weekend Schedule


  • 12 noon-2pm — Arrive (some of the lodges may not be ready to check into until 2pm), meet and greet, and time for riding, exploring, and getting settled.
  • 5-6:30pm — Dinner at the Ponderosa Lodge
  • 7-8pm — Pre-dance workshop
  • 8-10:30pm — Live music with Rouge (waltzing and more)
  • 11pm-8am — Quiet Hours. Please be respectful of your fellow campers.
    Late-niters may congregate outside Beaver Lodge for Campfire and Conversation.


  • 8am — Coffee and tea available in each lodge. BYO breakfast snacks
  • 9-11am — Ponderosa Break-out sessions or time on your own.
  • 10:30am-12 noon — Brunch in Beaver Lodge
  • 1-5pm — Main Hall lessons/Ponderosa break-out sessions
  • 5-6:30pm — Dinner at the Ponderosa Lodge
  • 7-8pm — Pre-dance workshop
  • 8-10:30pm — DJ'd music by Lilli Ann and Nick
  • 11pm-8am — Quiet Hours. Please be respectful of your fellow campers.
    Late-niters may congregate outside Beaver Lodge for Campfire and Conversation.


  • 9-10am — Break-out sessions
  • 10-11:30pm — Brunch in Beaver Lodge
  • 12 noon — Check-out
  • 11:30-1:30pm — A farewell dance before you head back home.

Loft Beds

Shared Rooms


We rent three beautiful lodges, The Ponderosa, The Pines and the Trailhead Lodges, and two cabins — the Alpine and the Aspen. All lodges are co-ed but lofts and shared rooms are either women's or men's. Where there are shared baths, all adjoining rooms are either women's or men's. To see pictures of the lodges and cabins go to mtsprings.com/photos.


Pricing is based on sleeping arrangements. Here's what's still available:

  • $150 — Camp Only — Everything but the Bed, leads and couples ONLY — Sleep off site (limited availability)
  • $285 — Room shared with 3 persons, bath shared with 3 (Men)

See the Floor Plans.


Purchase is made through PayPal. Scroll to the appropriate selection and click "Add to Cart" once for each person's room choice. A separate window will open with your shopping cart, and you can make corrections from there.

Dorm accommodations are divided by Male and Female for obvious reasons. You will need to communicate with Lilli Ann if you are a male wishing to follow or a woman wishing to lead (which is fine by us). Tell us the role you intend to use for most of the workshops and dances.

triangle imageRegister Camp ONLY — sleep off-site: LEADS AND COUPLES ONLY (Unaccompanied Follows are currently wait-listed).

Lead or Follow

triangle imageRegister Dorm Accommodations:

Room Type and Sex

Or mail a check to:

Dance for Joy!
PO Box 16060
Seattle, WA 98116

Please email me to let me know it's in the mail and to be added to the confirmed list. We will advise receipt of your payment.

Cancellations from camp due to emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. A 20% cancellation fee may be assessed.

No partner necessary, role balance will be observed. Currently, there are only 70 slots for the camp. To obtain your first choice in accommodations, register early — space is very limited.


Email lilli@att.net.


Lilli Ann and Claire Carey

Lilli Ann Carey

Not only the owner of Dance for Joy!, organizer of camp, creator of An Evening in Vienna Ball, and coordinator and developer of Dancing 'till Dusk, Lilli Ann is also a national instructor, having taught in the DC area, Baltimore, Atlanta, Juneau AK, Vancouver BC, Portland, and the San Francisco Bay area. For over 6 years now, Lilli Ann has been creating a huge anthology of new waltz moves and new ways to convey her love of the dance. Newer to fusion blues, by way of her daughter Claire, she has discovered the moment-by-moment creativity that can happen when 16 years of dance experience join with the powerful but refined connection that is so key in partner dance. It is there, that remarkable life moments are made.

Claire Carey

Until more recently, Seattle's Dance community has known Claire as Lilli Ann's daughter and oft teaching partner. Over the past 2 years, Claire has grown into her own as both a remarkable dancer and instructor. With 2 ½ years of ongoing privates with local and national WCS pros, Claire has been wowing our community. And with over 14 years of dancing in a broad number of styles and the understanding grown from living and breathing partner dance from a young age, she has keen insights into the creative process, the art of connection, and inspiring ways to communicate these to other dancers.

Nick Enge

Nick Enge and Daniella Baiata

When Nick Enge began learning waltz with Richard Powers at Stanford University, he immediately saw the potential of social dancing not only as a fun and healthy pastime, but as a practice with the potential to enhance our lives and our relationships. With this in mind, Nick and Richard recently co-authored Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living which describes 25 different kinds of waltzing, more than 100 variations, and includes many essays on the ways in which waltzing can enrich our lives through mindfulness, acceptance, and connection.

Nick Enge and Daniella Baiata

Several years ago, Nick met Danielle Baiata, an experienced social dancer and teaching partner of Joan Walton and Tom Hill, at Friday Night Waltz in Palo Alto, and they began an extraordinary creative collaboration. Known for their inventiveness, and for their fusion social dance choreographies with titles such as “Nightclub Schottische” and “Ten Dances in One Song,” Nick and Danielle hold the record for most innovations in the Waltz Lab, creating 70 new social waltz variations in 20 weeks. They are frequent teachers at Friday Night Waltz and around the San Francisco Bay Area, where they love spreading the joy of dance to people of all ages and skill levels.

From Richard and Nick's book "Waltzing":

For all of our talk about the benefits of waltzing, the real reason people love to waltz is this: it’s simply a whole lot of fun, because waltzing—and social dancing in general — is a quintessential form of play.
In fact, historically speaking, dance and play are synonymous. The English play comes from the Middle Dutch "pleyen," which literally means “to dance, leap for joy.”
Waltzing is a master teacher of life skills, whether it is helping us harmonize our bodies and minds, or helping us harmonize with each other and the world. One of the most essential lessons it can teach us is the importance of a playful state of mind for adapting to the unexpected twists and turns of life. For in reality, play is not an activity, but rather a heightened state of mind that some activities, like waltzing, naturally inspire, which we can learn to apply across our entire lives.
Dining hall


Both mornings there will be a catered buffet by Mountains Springs Lodge. The buffet will include assorted breakfast meats (thick cut peppered bacon, sausage and grilled kielbasa), scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and green onion, buttermilk pancakes with syrup, hash brown potatoes, fresh fruit and pastries.

Both evenings Lilli Ann and company will prepare your dinner. Meals will be served at Ponderosa Lodge (pictured above) and will be of good quality, hearty and healthy, with gluten, vegetarian, and egg free options. If you have dietary restrictions, please notify Lilli Ann by email and we will try to accommodate your needs. Please also let us know if you are vegetarian or "no red meat," so we can plan accordingly. Early morning coffee and tea supplies will be provided in the lodges and cabins. At Beaver Lodge you will also find a small espresso stand.

If you need before-brunch meals, please plan accordingly and bring your own. In addition, refrigerators, plates, pans, and other kitchenware are available in the lodges for your use. Please be considerate and clean up after yourself and take any unused food home with you at the end of camp.

Horseback riding

Horseback Riding

Mountain Springs Lodge has horses! They have 1, 2 and 3-hour rides available. We have left you time the day you arrive and in the mornings to play on your own. Mornings should be cool and sunny — perfect for riding before we all join up at the air-conditioned Beaver and Ponderosa Lodges for group lessons. Call Mountain Springs Lodge at 800.858.2276 to reserve your horse.

Other Important Information

  • Shoes — Absolutely no high heels (low block heels ok). Dedicated dance shoes only on the dance floor at Beaver Lodge.
  • Hot Tubs — Suits required for the comfort of all. Be safe, don't stay in too long, we want everyone to be just as healthy as when they arrived. We recommend that there be at least one person with you.
  • Alcohol — You may have alcohol in the Ponderosa, Pines or Trailhead Lodges, but not in the Beaver Lodge. Please use caution while consuming and dancing and hot tubbing.

"I had an absolutely fabulous time and was on a high that lasted all week. The dance retreat was set in a beautiful valley, with a fun, positive group of people. The dance instruction was great (my favorite was Claire's class on connection and Lilli Ann's class on the waltz mixer). Dancing the waltz mixer in a beautiful wood lodge felt magical and I hope it is repeated at the next dance camp. I had a wonderful time." — W. Cwinar
Dancers from Dancing in the Valley 2012

Dancers from Dancing in the Valley 2012

See you in the glorious Beaver Valley in September!

Register Online Here.

Dancing in the Valley is a Dance for Joy! production.

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