Northwest Folkdancers, Inc. (NFDI) has established a Youth Fund to encourage and inspire young people from the Northwest who are in high school or college to attend a folk dance camp. A week-long camp, like the one held in Stockton, California, allows the participants to experience a variety of international dances taught by renowned instructors.
Congratulations to Heidi Vorst, the winner of the Estonian costume we auctioned off as a fund raiser for the Youth Fund!
Stockton Camp is held on the beautiful campus of the University of the Pacific. Attendees stay in air-conditioned dorms, and dine in the new cafeteria. Classes begin at 8 a.m., and essentially run all day and into the evening. After the final evening classes, there is review and regular dancing until 11 p.m., followed by more dancing at "the Hole in the Wall." Participants come from around the world to participate in this unique experience. This is a fantastic opportunity for a young dancer. The first week of Stockton in 2017 is July 16–23. Second week runs July 23–July 30.
The Youth Fund is set up to supply partial funding for the expenses of such a camp. Some camps, like Stockton, actively encourage young dancers by providing partial scholarships to the camp itself. However, there are still other expenses involved in attending. It is expected that the student (or the student's parents) and the local folk dance club will provide some financial assistance; NFDI, through the Youth Fund, can also help.
If you have a student in mind who would like to attend a dance camp, but who needs financial assistance to do so and would like help from NFDI, contact Diane Vadnais.
The student will also need to fill out and submit the Youth Fund Scholarship Application form.
After their week at camp, the student will be expected to submit an article, preferably with photos, to the Northwest Folkdancer newsletter, in return for financial assistance. The article should concentrate on the student's experiences at camp and the impact that had on his/her life.
If you would like to assist NFDI in this effort, you can send donations to NFDI and designate them for the Youth Fund. The NFDI membership form includes a place to mark if you want to donate to this fund. NFDI is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Contributions may be tax deductible; consult your tax advisor for specifics.
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