Labor Day Dance Away 2019

August 30 – September 2

Join us for an ALL-INCLUSIVE weekend of dancing and music at beautiful Camp Cedar Glen in the mountains near the historic town of Julian, east of San Diego, California!

Arrive, park, relax and enjoy! No hotels, no restaurants . . . just clean mountain air and starry nights . . .

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Audrey Knuth, Larry Unger,
Glen Loper, Casey Murray

Audrey Knuth (CA) hails from Honolulu. She moved to Boston in 2008 to attend Berklee College of Music and to explore the thriving New England folk scene. Since graduating, Audrey has made a name for herself in the music community, as a dance fiddler specializing in English dance, New England, Celtic, and Old Time tunes, and as an audio engineer. With her bands, The Free Raisins, The Gaslight Tinkers, Audacious (with Larry Unger) and Wake Up Robin, she has traveled across the US and Europe, playing for dances and concerts. She’s equally adept at teaching workshops, and has been on staff at various camps including CDSS English week at Pinewoods, Ashokan Northern Week, BACDS American week, and Halsway Manor. Audrey’s fiddle playing is rhythmically lively and spontaneous; she’s guaranteed to get you up and dancing.

Larry Unger (MA) You may know Larry from one of the many bands and musicians he has been involved with through the years – Notorious, Reckless Ramblers, Lissa Schneckenburger and Rodney Miller – to name just a few. He has been a full-time musician since 1984 and has presented a diverse range of musical performances across the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia.

Larry’s original waltzes and fiddle tunes have been played and recorded by musicians around the world and can also be heard in the Ken Burns documentary, Our National Parks. Initially studying blues guitar with Etta Baker and John Jackson and later taking up the banjo and bass, Unger has become one of the most sought-after rhythm players in the country. He has a great breadth of understanding of traditional music to complement his considerable technical proficiency and enjoys telling stories about the origins of his music and the people who taught him.

Glen Loper (ME) plays mandolin and stomps like a maniac at dances and festivals across the country with the bands Riptide and Stomp Rocket, and numerous other groups. In 2017 he and Riptide with Nils Fredland were asked by the State Department to participate in the “Festival of the Sun” folk festival in Siauliai, Lithuania. He also teaches mandolin and tenor banjo in Portland, ME, and has been an instructor at Maine Fiddle Camp, Ashokan Northern Week and the March Mandolin Festival in Concord, NH.

Casey Murray (MA) is a multi-instrumentalist and tunesmith currently studying cello performance and American roots music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She has a diverse background in classical, folk and improvisation with a particular focus on dance music.

The Dam Beavers

Ness Smith-Savedoff,
Ben Schreiber, Scotty Leach

Calling by:

Will Mentor

Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: “It’s about the dancers!”


Frannie Marr

Frannie Marr is a popular caller, organizer, and dancer residing in Southern California. Frannie draws on her experience as a traveling dancer and elementary school teacher to efficiently teach and call dances that people love. Her hallmark is quick walk-throughs, clear calling, and letting the dance and music flow.

Sound by:

Victor Garza


Our annual Labor Day Dance Away is held on Labor Day weekend at the beautiful Camp Cedar Glen near the historic town of Julian, CA. Come early or stay late to visit Julian, “Apple Capital of California.” Celebrate the end of summer with all your friends as you dance, dance, dance the long weekend away!

The camp is located at about 4,500 ft in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Shaded by cedars and oak trees, the camp is usually a bit cooler than in the valley. The lovely, solar-heated swimming pool always proves popular on warm afternoons.

Camerer Hall, where we share family style meals and where we dance on the beautiful Maple Dance floor, is the main building at camp. It has a lovely front porch where people congregate to chat, jam, play games, and just hang out between dances.

There are lots of opportunities to share musical talents! Jams, both organized and spontaneous, happen all around camp. The Gazebo is a favorite singing spot. Sometimes the staff musicians offer private or small group lessons to campers.


Item Cost
First-Time Attendees   (good anytime) $325
Full-time Students and/or Adults under age 33  (bring ID)$325
EARLY Registration  (postmarked before July 4)$355
Full Registration  (postmarked after July 4)$395
Non-Dancers $275
Child/Youth  (ages 3 – 17) $105
Scholarship Discount (Pre-Approved Only)$
Deposit to a Hold Spot $50
Friday Dinner at 6:30 p.m.  ~ (Optional) $12
Bedding & Linens Set (subject to availability)$25
Scholarship Fund Donation
Help Others Attend ~ Optional & Thank You!
Private Room Fee
(Per Person; Double Occupancy)
* Subject to Availability – Payment is Refundable.
  • For those in need, Register EARLY with a $50 DEPOSIT to hold a spot. Pay the balance due by August 15, 2019.
  • Non-dancing friends or partners are welcome at a discounted rate. They can hike, read or play games on the front porch, and enjoy the non-dance activities and meals, as well as bask in the beautiful setting.
  • Cancellations: Receive full refunds less $20 until August 21. After August 21 no refunds unless we can fill the spot.
  • For those dancers who are flying in, a limited number of bedding & linens sets are available to rent at the camp. Cost $25 for a set (towel, wash cloth, sheets, pillow, blanket, etc.) Please indicate on your registration.



To Pay by CHECK:

Payable to California Dance Cooperative or “CDC”
Send your Payment to:

Jocelyn Vilter
4604 Glen Arden Ave
Covina, CA 91724


(PayPal or Credit Card, surcharge for either)

Complete the online registration above, or send in your filled out registration form, then go to the

Online Payments

If you have any questions please contact our registrar, Jocelyn Vilter, at (626) 422-4365 or .


Evening Dances (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) will be OPEN to the PUBLIC, at $25 each evening.


We strive to create a camp community that is welcoming, inclusive, and safe for all dancers.

LDDA is a non-gender balanced event. “Dance with who’s comin’ atcha!” We encourage campers to dance any role, with any partner they choose.

Our goal is to foster an environment where dancers are comfortable both in asking for a dance and in declining one.

Ask partners kindly, and accept their answers graciously.


All Meals from Saturday breakfast through Monday lunch are included in your registration. Dinner at camp is available on Friday for $12.00 per person.

Meals include meat, poultry & dairy products. Protein-rich vegetarian alternatives will be available for all meals.

Dairy-free and/or gluten-free and vegan are provided for those who specify these preferences at time of registration. If you have more specialized needs, there is some refrigerator space available for you to bring your own food.

Healthy, yummy, high-energy snacks will be available throughout much of the weekend.


WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES (subject to change)

Apple Pie Making
Board Games
Callers Workshop & Round-tables
Camper Band & Monday Morning Waltz Session
Dance Producers Round-tables
Dance Workshop (Reverse Rotation Swing)
Fiber Arts Fellowship
Fiddle Workshop
Guitar Workshop
Hambo Dance Workshops
Mandolin Workshop
Musicians Workshop with Each Band
Musical Improvisation Workshop
Schottische Workshop
Shimmy Workshop
Tune Writing Workshop
Ukulele Workshops
Wolf Education Project & Talk
Yoga Sessions

(subject to change)

*  Music Workshops led by our Talent!
4:30Registration Opens 
8:00 – 9:15Contra Dance – Will w/ Audacious 
9:30 – 11:00Contra Dance – Frannie w/ Dam Beavers 
7:00 – 8:00Yoga with Sarah 
9:15 – 9:45Morning Waltzes – Audacious
9:45 – 11:00 Contra Dance – Frannie w/ Audacious
10:45 – 12:00* Caller Workshop – Will
11:00 – 12:00Camper Led Singing 
11:15 – 12:00Hambo Workshop – John Chittum & Dori Lehner w/ Dam Beavers
11:15 – 12:00* Improv Musical Workshop – Casey Murray
12:15LUNCH (Callers Round-table w/ Frannie )
12:15LUNCH (Dance Producers Round-table [Session 1] – Carl Morgan
1:25 – 1:40Shimmy Workshop – Dawit Tegegne w/ Dam Beavers 
1:25 – 1:40Reverse Rotation Swing Workshop – Jerry Robin & Toban
1:45 – 3:00Contra Dance – Will w/ Dam Beavers 
1:45 – 3:00* Fiddle Workshop – Audrey Knuth
2:00 – 5:00POOL OPEN
3:15 – 4:15Schottische Workshop – w/ Audacious 
3:15 – 4:15Ukulele Workshop #1 – Jacqui Grennan 
3:15 – 4:15Camper Waltz Band – Kim Spalding
4:30 – 5:30* Musician Workshop – Dam Beavers & YOU 
4:30 – 5:30Yoga with Sarah
4:30 – 5:30Contra Dance  – Frannie w/ Audacious 
6:45Wolf Talk
7:15 – 7:45Concert by Dam Beavers
8:00 – 9:30Evening Contra Dance – Frannie w/ Dam Beavers 
10:00 – 11:30Evening Contra Dance – Will w/ Audacious 
7:00 – 8:00Yoga with Sarah 
8:15BREAKFAST   (Sign-Up for Apple Pie Making)
9:00Wolf Talk 
9:15 – 9:45Morning Waltzes – Dam Beavers 
9:30 – 10:30* Guitar Workshop – Larry Unger 
9:45 – 11:00Contra Dance – Will w/ Dam Beavers 
10:45 – 12:00* Tune Writing Workshop – Larry Unger
11:00 – 12:00Camper Led Singing 
11:15 – 12:00Hambo Workshop – John Chittum & Dori Lehner w/ Audacious
12:15LUNCH  (Callers Round-table w/ Will)
12:15LUNCH  (Dance Producers’ Round-table [Session 2] – Carl Morgan
1:15 – 1:30Group photo on front porch of Main Hall
1:45 – 3:00Contra Dance – 40 min. Medley followed by Contras – Frannie w/ Audacious 
1:45 – 3:00Camper Waltz Band – Kim Spalding
2:00 – 5:00POOL OPEN
3:15 – 4:15Contra Dance – Frannie w/ Dam Beavers 
3:15 – 4:15Camper Led Singing 
3:15 – 4:15Ukulele Workshop #2 – Jacqui Grennan 
3:15 – 4:15Apple Pie Making – Brenda Goodwin 
3:15 – 4:15* Mandolin Workshop – Glen Loper
4:30 – 5:30* Musician Workshop – Audacious & YOU 
4:30 – 5:30Yoga with Sarah 
4:30 – 5:30Contra Dance – Will w/ Dam Beavers 
6:15Raffle Winners (Announcement & Posting)
7:15 – 7:45Concert by Audacious
8:00 – 9:30Evening Contra Dance – Will w/ Audacious 
9:30 – 10:00 Extended Break ~ Apple Pie Social
10:00 – 11:30Evening Contra Dance – Frannie w/ Dam Beavers 
7:30 – 8:30Yoga with Sarah 
9:30 – 10:00Camper Band Waltzes led by Kim Spalding 
10:15 – 11:00Farewell Dance – Frannie w/ Audacious 
11:15 – 12:00Farewell Dance – Will w/ Dam Beavers 
12:10 – 12:40Both Callers w/ Both Bands 
12:40Dance ends – pack a sack LUNCH to go home
1:30All campers must be out of camp, unless you would like to help clean up!


Each cabin has a bathroom and shower. There is space for tents and RV parking (both with shower privileges in a nearby cabin). Cabins are pre-assigned.

Both gendered and non-gendered accommodations are provided.

A limited number of private rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for an extra $130 per couple ($65 per registration) ~ DOUBLE-OCCUPANCY ONLY!


Camp Cedar Glen
743 Farmer Road, Julian, CA 92036


In Julian, go west on Main St. and continue to the Stop Sign at Wynola Rd. (Note that “Main St” changes to “Farmer Rd”)

  •   Turn east (right) on Wynola Rd.
  • In about 1/2-block, turn left back onto Farmer Rd.
  • Continue north 3/4 of a mile to the bottom of the hill.
  •   Turn right into cattle gate of the 1/2-mile long drive.


Jocelyn Vilter
(626) 422-4365

Dan Vilter & Louise Nixon
(626) 422-4365


Proceeds support this wonderful dance weekend. Popular raffle items include handicrafts or artwork, musical instruments, jewelry, dance shoes and accessories, new CD’s, homemade foodstuff, gift baskets, discount admission for another dance weekend, etc. 

We need YOUR help to make it a success.  Please think about what you might have that others may want to win. 

If you have questions or plan to bring a raffle item, please contact raffle organizer Hazel Donovan at or (619) 665-5595.


If you NEED a ride or can OFFER a ride, please contact our carpool coordinator Louise at

For information on other carpools available, visit our Facebook Group Labor Day Dance Away (LDDA) and post a request.

If you are flying in, San Diego (SAN) is the closest airport. Dancers arriving around the same time often arrange carpools from the airport. Alternative airports are Los Angeles (LAX) and Ontario (ONT).


For those in need, there are a very limited number of work scholarships, with $50 to $100 off the registration fee. Email Dan at for scholarship requests.


Donations to the Scholarship Fund are gratefully accepted to help make participation possible for those with financial hardships.


Labor Day Dance Away


2005 Reckless RamblersMary Keith Cornett
  KGB Dan Pearl
2006Latter Day LizardsCis Hinkle
  Hillbillies from MarsScott Higgs
2007Big Bandemonium Joseph Pimental
  (an 8-member band)Beth Molaro
2008Wild AsparagusGeorge Marshall
  Great Bear TrioSusan Petrick
2009Notorious Robert Cromartie
  Tidal Wave Lynn Ackerson
2010The Syncopaths Seth Tepfer
  Footloose Jeremy Korr
2011Elixir Nils Fredland
  Dr. Groove Susan Michaels
2012Latter Day Lizards Bob Isaacs
  Avant Gardeners Lisa Greenleaf
2013Wild Asparagus George Marshall
  Crowfoot Erik Weberg
2014Notorious Susan Petrick
  KGB Laura Me’ Smith
2015Stringrays Susan Petrick
  Uncle Farmer Linda Leslie
2016Notorious Susan Petrick
  Triple A Sarah VanNorstrand
2017Rhythm Raptors Bob Isaacs
  Uncle Farmer Lynn Ackerson
2018Toss the Possum Seth Tepfer
  George Paul, Ashley Broder,
Ben Schreiber, Christa Burch
Terry Doyle
2019AudaciousWill Mentor
The Dam BeaversFrannie Marr