To join us in Karitane, each dancer will need to complete an application form. This short application process helps us to understand why you want to be a part of this event, and who will fit best together in a group.

All applications are now closed for 2019.


Our spaces are limited to a maximum of 36 participants. Preference will be given to those who:

  • Are actively involved in their hometown Blues dance communities
  • Are committed to sharing their learning experiences with their local dance community to further grow the Blues dance scene in New Zealand (or further afield)
  • Are enthusiastic about developing their own Blues dancing in a challenging and collaborative environment
  • Demonstrate a genuine love for Blues dance

Please also consider:

  • You need to be at intermediate level or above as a Blues Dancer (some exceptions may apply)*
  • You must be open to challenging and critiquing your own dance style
  • You must adhere to our code of conduct at all times
  • Our workshops will include close embrace
  • You do not need to have a partner
  • You must be happy to share a room and/or bed
  • You need to be willing to pitch in a helping hand when asked (or rostered) for meal set-up/pack-down, etc.

As well as the above, we’ll be hand-picking each individual for a balanced group of leaders/followers who will enrich and inspire each other’s dancing throughout the weekend retreat.

*We have reserved a handful of spaces for beginner-intermediate dancers who meet our criteria but come from emerging scenes with fewer opportunities to “level-up”.


This timeline is still being confirmed by the organisers and is subject to change.

31 August 2018 – applications open

14 September 2018 – first wave applications close

30 September 2018 – first wave offers of place sent

6 October 2018 – second wave applications close

13 October 2018 – first wave offers must be confirmed with a $110 deposit (or full $330 NZD) by this date. Second wave offers sent if places become available.

31 October 2018 second wave offers must be confirmed with a $110 deposit (or full $330 NZD) by this date

30 November 2018 – second $110 installment due from all participants

31 December 2018 – final installment of $110 due from all participants

15 February 2019 – retreat begins


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