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Burning Man Contradance Camp

Aug 25 - Sep 2, 2019

We are getting organized for 2019

posted Jan 28, 2019, 7:13 PM by Matt Mathis   [ updated Feb 17, 2019, 10:25 AM by Mark Stowe ]

First time visitors to contraburners: as we have not yet updated the site, please start by looking at past years' antics (What a Hoot! Gallery link in the sidebar).  Our organizing is ahead of where it was at this time in 2018 and we are looking forward to even more fun this year.  

If there is any chance you might want to join us please get in touch ASAP - you want to maximize your chances of getting the Burning Man tickets you will need to get in the gate.

Calling all Contra Dancers!

posted Feb 27, 2018, 6:39 PM by Matt Mathis

If you have never been to Burning Man, you should try it.  I can almost guarantee a life changing experience.

Burning Man is always intimidating and extra hard the first time.  What better way to get over the hump than to camp with a bunch of like minded contra dancers!  

Join us and dance on the Playa!

Even if you are only thinking about it, sign up at "Get Connected" and we will help you through the process, including coaching you to maximize your chances of getting tickets.  There will be plenty of opportunities to decline, but if you don't get an entry ticket early, it will be extra hard to join later. 

Camp Registration is Now Open!

posted Feb 13, 2018, 10:01 PM by Matt Mathis

Now it the time for all good people to visit "Get Connected" (left) and sign up for camp, so we can dance in the dust together!

Join us in 2018

posted Sep 8, 2017, 3:38 PM by Matt Mathis   [ updated Sep 10, 2017, 10:07 PM ]

If you would like to join us in 2018, please monitor this web site, or join the FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/burningmancontradance/ for announcements and instructions, etc when we start forming a new camp and accepting campers.

If you are a caller or musician, direct enquiries to talent@contraburners.org.

Other questions: matt.mathis@gmail.com.

Burning Man tickets might be coming available!

posted Jul 28, 2017, 10:03 AM by Cathy Clary   [ updated Jul 28, 2017, 10:04 AM ]

From Matt, July 27: 

There are a couple of BM tickets that might free up, and I no longer have a wait list of people looking for tickets.

If you (or anybody you know) might be interested a last minute opportunity if a lifetime, please have them get in touch with me or sign up for camp at http://www.contraburners.org/campers/connected.

Some details: I have two tickets that are reserved for people who have not actually committed to come to camp yet.   If they drop out, I will be at risk having to sell the tickets to people outside of camp.  I would much rather sell them to contra dancers than somebody else.

At this instant I am still holding onto the tickets, but I really don't want to get stuck with $1000 paper souvenirs, so I won't hold them forever. 

Matt Mathis  Home/Cell: 412-654-7529  Daytime:650-417-3029

Weekly organizational meetings

posted Jul 22, 2017, 5:34 PM by Matt Mathis

Weekly organizational meetings (prior to camp)

These meeting are optional, but please try to make a few of them: it will help us all to be better prepared.   On a weekly basis the meeting rotates: ½ Sunday, ¼ Monday, ¼ Tuesdays.

For more information see the [this document].

All will be 7:00 PM Pacific Time, 10: PM Eastern Time

Via Google Hangouts: https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/contraburners.org/campers?authuser=0

Please try to test the hangout well before the meeting: if you don't use hangouts you may need to install an applications, etc.   Video is not required.  You should see the message “Nobody here yet” if you try at random times.

We can try to add you on a regular voice line if you email or message matt.mathis@gmail.com.

The planned schedule:

Tue 7/25

Sun 7/30

Mon 8/7

Sun 8/13

Tue 8/22 (I may already be remote)

Calling all campers!

posted Jul 20, 2017, 5:37 AM by Matt Mathis

Please update the travel doc ASAP!  Something it REQUIRED if you want a "Work Access Pass"  AKA "Early Entry".


posted Jun 24, 2017, 10:37 AM by Matt Mathis   [ updated Jun 24, 2017, 10:38 AM ]

Tickets! Tickets! Tickets!

They have started mailing Tickets!   This means that after market tickets are going to start appearing real soon now.  Start monitoring Craig's list and other venues for tickets.  (Never pay scalper prices!)

We (camp) may also have a couple of tickets come free.  I will be in touch with people on the camp's wait list to check to see if you are still interested.

Time to get organized

posted Jun 13, 2017, 9:13 PM by Matt Mathis   [ updated Jun 13, 2017, 9:17 PM ]

Time to get organized
We have about 10 weeks until the trec to the Plays.

Everybody, Please start gathering supplies for the Playa.    There is lots of online advice on the burning man web pages and YouTube.   
Remember that camp includes a kitchen.  We plan to bring most food for everybody, but everybody must bring their own emergency rations.

Please take a moment to do a quick review everything on the website and read the stuff that has been updated.

I will be calling people soon, seeking volunteers for specific jobs.

Please register for camp and to buy Burning Man tickets!

posted Feb 27, 2017, 8:30 PM by Matt Mathis   [ updated Mar 4, 2017, 10:37 AM ]

The main ticket sale is Noon Pacific Time, Wednesday March 29th.
It will only take a few minutes to sell 30,000 tickets.

To participated you must pre-register, March 22nd-24th.  See Get Tickets for details.

If there is ANY chance that you might want to join us at Burning Man (or you just want to be helpful)  please plan to sign up and try to buy tickets.  We will set up an in camp ticket matching service, so if you can't go your purchase will enable somebody else to go.

In past years only 10-25% of the people who participated in the main sale were successful.   With such low odds it would be a huge help for people can't go but do have the cash to buy tickets on speculation.   See: Ticket Faeries.  (No scalping!)

To participate in the camp ticket matching service and to help us plan, please register for camp itself at Get Connected.

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