2023 DanceBARN Festival
Festival - Goer Info Page
We are SO pumped that you will be joining us in Battle Lake for the 9th annual DanceBARN Festival! We've said it before and we'll say it again - The festival isn't the festival without YOU and your unique voice and vision. However you contribute to the week, please know that you are valued.
The following information is literally everything we can think of that you may need to know about the Festival.
If we missed something - let us know!
Register by February 1st to secure your spot.
This should take between 5-10 minutes.
DUE MARCH 31
Your spot is not officially saved until your registration fee is received.
If you need to set up a payment plan please contact us ASAP.
You can either send your payment to us via Venmo @dancebarn or mail to:
23129 Oak Leaf Lane
Battle Lake, MN 56515
Thanks to a generous donation from the Will J. Reid Foundation, we are able to offer limited travel support funding to festival goers. Please fill out this form to request between $50-$500 of support.
TIMELINE + DUE DATES
FEBRUARY 1 - MAKERS + MOVERS: Accept or Decline Festival Invite + REGISTER
MARCH 31 - REGISTRATION FEE DUE
APRIL 21 - ZOOM ORIENTATION (6:00-7:00 CST)
JULY 17-23 - FESTIVAL!
Pick your fav way to stay organized with the Festival Schedule!
GOOGLE CALENDAR - this isn't set in stone, but you can follow the calendar to see changes!
PDF (may not be updated as often)
35484 235th Street, Battle Lake, Minnesota 56515
Festival-goer lodging and the Barn are located at the gorgeous resort, The Hideaway at Xanadu Island. All communal meals will be served here, some classes, and open studio space will take place at the Barn.
112 West Main Street, Battle Lake, MN 56515
The majority of classes will be held at the LACC as well as open rehearsal space.
There is also free wifi and work spaces at the LACC.
1.5 hour drive to Battle Lake
Minneapolis/St Paul Airport
3 hour drive to Battle Lake
(Tends to be the cheapest option.)
The Greyhound Bus
Drop off in Fergus Falls (20 minutes from BL, we can pick up)
Drops off/picks up in Alexandria (40 minutes from BL, we can pick up)
If you would like to offer a ride, or catch a ride please check out this online ride-share link!
NOTES ON CARS & GETTING AROUND
Please keep in mind that Xanadu is not within a reasonable walking distance to town. There will be a few people with cars, and Ayumi and Molly are around to give people rides too, but if you want your own mode of transportation you’ll need to rent a car. If you are interested in renting a car and possibly splitting the cost with another festival goer, please message the group.
We are able to offer limited housing at an extremely subsidized rate for 16 Festival-goers at The Hideaway at Xanadu Island. There are other lodging option in the area, but we advise booking as soon as possible, as Battle Lake is a major vacationing community and things book quickly in the summer.
HIDEAWAY AT XANADU ISLAND
35484 235th Street, Battle Lake, Minnesota 56515
First come, first serve!
Shared and single rooms available (private en suite bathrooms limited)
Communal living (living spaces, kitchen)
Studio Space (The Barn)
Glendalough is located about 5 minutes from Battle Lake and Xanadu. They have tent sites, cabins, and yurts. Book early if this sounds like an option you'd like! This is not organized by DanceBARN or part of your registration fee.
If you would like to look into your own housing, be sure to book ASAP. The week of the Festival also happens to be Battle Lake's town festival weekend and it can become nearly impossible to find last minute lodging.
We want to be as transparent as possible with the cost of the Festival. We get it. Everyone has varying financial comforts and we want you to be able to plan for the week as much as possible! We are here to talk out and help plan budgets if you need us!
Set up a call with us and we'd be happy to help!
RATES REFLECT MONDAY-SUNDAY
(Limited to 16 people, organized through DanceBARN, includes dinners.)
GLENDALOUGH STATE PARK CAMPING:
$90 - $150
AVERAGE HOTEL OR RESORT RANGE:
$450 - $3,000+
We're trying a couple of new things year...more details in the section below.
INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION:
INCLUDED WITH XANADU LODGING FEE:
Dinner every night
NIGHTLY COMMUNAL DINNER:
(Not staying at Xanadu = $10/night)
LUNCHES AND OTHER FOOD/DRINK COST ESTIMATE:
(Not included in registration or lodging fee)
Since year one, nightly dinners during the festival have been such a large part of what makes the week so magical. Cooking, eating, and cleaning up as a cohort has also served as a time to dream up a collaboration, connect with a new friend, and adds an overall sense of togetherness to the week. As the festival grows, we are always looking for ways to make meals to feel organized, yet family-like. (And lets be real, having an organized family dinner isn't easy...) We've been working with a group of past festival-goers to help us make this game plan...so here it is! Let us know if we can do even better!
HERE'S HOW IT WILL WORK...
Everyone is invited to eat dinner at Xanadu! If you are paying to stay at Xanadu, your dinners are included.
If you are not staying at Xanadu, you will need to pay $10 any night you come to dinner.
SIGN UP TO COOK OR CLEAN UP FOR 1 MEAL
YOUR COOKING GROUP WILL RECEIVE $100 TO BUY FOOD.
(DanceBARN will provide certain items, but for the most part you
will need to buy ingredients and plan to feed 20 people.)
HAVE YOUR MEAL READY BY 7:30 / CLEAN UP BEFORE BED!
WHAT TO BRING
No need to over do it!
casual lake clothes
Closed toe shoes for site specific adventures
There will be a couple of events that you can wear "real people clothes"
We will provide:
Towels (1 for shower, 1 for beach)
Shampoo & Conditioner @ Xanadu
Some snacks and drinks, but you’re mostly on your own (Dinner included for those staying at Xanadu, all are welcome to eat. Just bring $10 if you're not staying there.)
Loads of fun
COVID-19 / Health and Safety
Updated January 2023
To ensure the safety of you, our organizers, and our community, we are requiring Festival attendees to be fully vaccinated upon their arrival July 17, 2023. As a collective of caring humans, we will discuss agreements on a Zoom call surrounding the shared spaces we occupy during the Festival before arriving.