**2021 pass holders! If you have not contacted us yet with your refund or donate request, you have until 9/3/21 to do so! Please email us at email@example.com and let us know which option you want. Passes will NOT automatically be transferred to next year (we have already hit our limit of transfers) and they will NOT automatically be refunded. We are not in a financial position to continue offering refunds weeks and months after the event dates have passed. Any passes not accounted for after 9/3/21 will be treated as donations. Thank you for your understanding!**
The bad news is, Camp Hollywood 2021 is canceled.
There is no good news.
Last spring when infection rates were dropping and vaccine rates were rising, it seemed reasonable that vaccinated people could dance safely together for a weekend with little to no risk. The only wild card was the emergence of variants, which we always knew was a possibility. In the last couple of weeks, California’s infection rates have risen alarmingly, and most likely will continue to for at least the next four weeks, largely fueled by the Delta variant. With so much unknown still about the dangers of Delta to vaccinated and unvaccinated people alike, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel this year’s event.
The decision to cancel the event was not based on one thing but a million potential disasters that we don’t have to deal with in normal times. We are now all required to wear masks for the entirety of the event regardless of vaccination status, something I had always said would be a deal breaker for me running a long weekend event like this. What about horn players, singers, announcers, competitors doing air steps and dancing at high rates of speed? What about people who are not used to dancing in masks for long hours to fast music and the health issues that could arise from that? When this mandate came down I thought, we’ll adapt, we’ll manage. What about testing everyone as they come in to catch any infections at the door? We could try to arrange something like this at tremendous expense, but as was pointed out to me, these tests would only catch an active infection at that moment – we would have four more days for people to start shedding and spreading it around the event. What about asking everyone to get a PCR test before the event? It would be almost impossible to get a hold of all attendees at this late date – many 2020 attendees never got any of the five refund emails I sent; we would still have to set up on-site rapid testing. Also, what if testing on Friday night catches infections in our key staff members – our band leaders, sound engineers, volunteers, contest tabulator? What do we do then? Now with the extension of our international travel ban, none of our international friends can be with us, including Nils and Bianca who were scheduled to teach. What if someone presents with symptoms in the middle of the weekend, tests positive, and we have to shut everything down and send everyone home? It’s all just too much.
And now the science is telling us how easily and frequently vaccinated people can pass coronavirus to others; while the vaccine will protect us from getting hospitalized or dying as it was designed to do, what about the people around us who are vulnerable? The children who are still too young to be vaccinated, the immune compromised? From the very beginning I was terrified of creating a super spreader environment, and for a while this looked very unlikely; now it looks more and more possible, once again in part to the prevalence of coronavirus in California at this moment. I cannot in good conscience ask my attendees, staff and volunteers to put themselves or the people around them at risk just so we can come together and dance. Despite the disappointment and financial devastation that will be caused by canceling at this late date when so much effort and money has already been put into getting the event going, it’s just not ethical to continue to push this event forward despite the mounting evidence against it.
This event was supposed to be a joyful celebration of life, the “beginning of the end” of the pandemic, as things looked just a few weeks ago. There is no way we could have that celebration now. This would not have been the event we wanted or deserve after a year and a half of isolation. We need to come back strong when it’s safe to do so and when the state of coronavirus globally is not so tenuous that situations can go from good to bad in weeks or days. I apologize to everyone who has been working on routines and planning and buying flights and making arrangements; this is the last thing I ever wanted to happen, and I never would have undertaken to put the event out there in the first place if I felt this was a likely scenario.
For those of you who have already paid for the weekend, please see below for options for your weekend pass. Let’s all cross our fingers for a better 2022! We plan to still be here and we hope you will, too!
Your options – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your choice:
- Transfer – **We have hit our limit of ticket transfers to 2022, so we can no longer offer this option**
- If you’re feeling income-secure, consider donating some or all of your pass. We would be extremely appreciative of any generosity you’re able to offer at this difficult time, as we are now facing a second year of no income (this event is my family’s sole living)
- We’re happy to offer fee-free refunds to anyone who requests one. We will issue these as quickly as possible – please be patient as we sift through 700 people, and as Stripe issues your credit (could take up to two weeks to appear). Refund cut-off date is 9/3/21 (start date of CH 2021).
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Camp Hollywood is one of the largest and longest running swing dance camps in the world. Now in its 24th year, we’re proud to offer the finest selection of international dance instructors, live music and competitors which provide a fun-filled long weekend with something for everyone! We offer classes in Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, and various swing line dances in levels from Beginner to Audition level, a Solo Track, a Music Track, dance contests for all levels, after hours dancing, live music jams all over the hotel, and lots of spontaneous shenanigans!