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Dance Camp North has a quite special way of organising itself. It is a members-only organisation and the members have the power to decide what happens.

The information below will help you to know and understand more about how and why we are organised in this co-operative way.

Our main aims are:

To promote and celebrate physical, emotional and spiritual community through the arts and to encourage self-transformation through the release of creative energy.

Our Core Values are:

Love, Community, Creativity, Communication and Well-Being.

Dance Camp North’s core values are the key principles which help guide its members’ behaviour both within the community and hopefully steer them on a similar path in their own lives.

To devise these principles we recognised that people probably came to camp with similar aims and wishes so we began a consultation amongst our members over two years ago. Initially, at Winter Gathering 2014, the Development Group requested that members to consider what they felt Dance Camp North held as their core principles and beliefs. Winter Gathering 2014 was the best attended on record so the group felt it was good start as far as our members were concerned. Small groups of 5 or 6 people recorded what they thought camp was about. Common factors were drawn out when these were shared with the larger group of members attending.

This was followed by a review of the principles and beliefs and a list was made of all the ideas sifting for duplication. The process involving members continued at May Gathering 2014 where the ideas generated at the previous gathering were sorted into a rank order. Members were asked to try and come up with five values. Further discussion and a search for common ground took place.

Finally, the feedback from this process gave us DCN’s core values.

Our main aims are:

To promote and celebrate physical, emotional and spiritual community through the arts and to encourage self-transformation through the release of creative energy.

To engage in any business, trade or industry which may seem to the Company directly or indirectly conducive to the interests of convenience of the Company’s members or any section thereof of the community in the Company’s area of activity generally.

This means that we camp; shake, rattle & roll; create & release; experience & transform; do whatever needs to be done to make all this happen and encourage others to do the same.

Dance Camp North Limited is the organisation that makes camp happen.