There are 4 registration types: Youth (7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18), College Student, Adult (18+), and Chaperone.
What are the Registration Rates?
Youth/College Student: Early Bird – $180.00, Regular – $205.00, On Site – $255.00 Adult: Early Bird – $255.00, Regular – $280.00, On Site – $330.00 Chaperone: Early Bird – $75.00, Regular – $100.00, On Site – $125.00
What are the Registration Dates?
Early Bird: January 1, 2014 – April 30, 2014 Regular: May 1, 2014 – June 25, 2014 On Site: June 26, 2014
What is the Registration Cap?
The daCi USA 5th National Gathering is limited to 175 participants. There is no limit on chaperones.
Can I register for just 1 day?
At this time we are only offering registration for the full conference. This is due to the format/intent of the schedule, as well as the class/space size limits that we have at the University of Washington. The aim is to provide a rich, diverse experience for all participants, which is achieved by attending all the events, specifically the daily multi-generation classes.
If we don't reach our registration cap, we may look in to allowing some day-only participants, but until then the priority is given to those who can join us for full 3-1/2 days.
Where is the Gathering?
The daCi USA 5th National Gathering is at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Is daCi Membership required to participate?
daCi Membership is required for all Adult and College Student participants. Youth participants and Chaperones do not need daCi Membership
I just graduated, what type of registration should I do?
If you recently graduated from High School, or College, you can register based off the school year leading up to the Gathering.
What is your Refund Policy?
Only a participant and his or her parents or legal guardians have the authority to request a refund. A refund (minus $30.00 nonrefundable) will be granted for all cancellations requested in writing and emailed firstname.lastname@example.org. If the Gathering is cancelled, a full refund will be given. daCi USA cannot be held responsible for any cancellation or change in charges assessed by airlines, travel agencies, or other institutions in the event of program cancellation.
YOUNG children are the responsibility of the chaperones and the DIRECTORS who attend the conference with them. We expect the chaperones and directors to be ACCESSIBLE DURING THE GATHERING IF AN EMERGENCY WITH A YOUNG CHILD ARISES.
daCi USA Chaperone Guidelines
Chaperone duties during the daCi Gathering daytime (not including overnight supervision):
-Supervising the children when they are not in classes, including the breaks between classes, the lunch break (11.50am-1:00pm), and between 5.00pm when classes end, and 7:30pm when the evening performances begin on the Friday and
- Transitioning the children between classes. Classes will be held in 2 locations on campus, separated by an approximately 10 minute walk. The children will need to be walked between the two locations, depending on class choice and allocation.
-Being available to handle any emergency situation that may arise with your group of children.
-A ratio of one adult for every 10 youths is recommended.
UW Chaperone Guidelines
Conference Services requires 24-hour supervision of youth guests by adults 25 years of age of older. Chaperones less than 25 years of age must be discussed with and approved by Conference Services in advance. A maximum ratio of one adult for every 20 youths is required. For youths 13 years of age and under, the ratio may be higher, depending on the program. Active supervision is required anytime youths are n the residence halls and dining facilities.
Coverage must be planned for ill, injured or disinterested persons who may not be taking part in activities with the rest of the group.
Chaperones must reside on the same floor as the youths. Chaperones are expected to cooperate fully with University of Washington staff to enforce Quite Hours and correct behavioral problems. Quiet hours are from 10:00 p.m. until 9:00 a.m.; however, courtesy noise levels should be observed 24 hours a day.
The $75.00 chaperone fee includes the Opening Meet and Greet Pizza party on Thursday evening, and the Closing Banquet on Sunday evening.
Will I be able to observe classes?
Will I be able to attend the performances on Friday and Saturday night?
If I am a registered participant, do I have to pay the chaperone fee if I am also a chaperone?
No – you just pay the participant registration fee.
If I am a night chaperone in the University of Washington dorms, do I get a discount on the cost?
No – there is a flat fee for staying in the dorms that is the same regardless of whether you are a chaperone, and adult who is not a chaperone, or a students or a youth.
Yes, shirts will be available for pre-purchase during registration. A limited amount of shirts will be available for purchase during the Gathering. Cost is $15, and is available in standard sizes – Child Small thru Adult XXL.
Will there be a Gathering DVD?
Yes, the Gathering DVD is available for pre-purchase during registration, or during the Gathering. Cost is $20. DVDs will be mailed approx. 4-6 weeks after the Gathering.
Can parents or other family members (non-participants) attend the two evening performances, or the final sharing.?
Due to space limitations, priority will be given to registered participants, chaperones and volunteers. There is no guarantee that non-paying parents will be able to attend any of the performances at the Gathering.
What are the Housing Options during the Gathering?
On-campus housing is available in the UW dorms. Rates are $31.50 per person, per night, double-occupancy and $65.00 per person, per night, single-occupancy. A meal plan is required for all on-campus participants
Off-campus housing is not included/provided, but a list of recommended locations can be found at – http://daciusa.org/seattle.php?housing. A meal plan is optional for all off-campus participants.
Can I arrive early / stay late in the dorms?
A limited amount of participants can arrive up to 2 days early (06/24/2014) and stay up to 2 days late (07/02/2014) on a space-available basis. The extra days are an additional $10.00 per night ($41.50 double occupancy / $75.00 single occupancy). A meal plan is not required during the early check-in/late check-out days.
What is Check-in/Check-out times?
Check-in is 2pm and Check-out is 11am.
What is provided in room?
Towels (housekeeping exchanges towels and empties wastebaskets daily)
Small fan (there is no air conditioning)
Hardwired internet (bring your own computer and cords)
Where are the bathrooms?
The Bathrooms are communal, with showers. Genders are separated into own section on the same floor, on opposite sides of the building.
What items can be provided/checked out?
What amenities are in the building?
Each floor In the middle is a shared communal area with couches
There is a big communal area downstairs for everyone’s use. It has a piano, and some table games, like pool.
The dorms are located on a leafy part of campus with a view
There are two Gathering meals that are included in the registration fee. On Thursday evening, the Gathering begins with a Pizza Meet and Greet Party. On Sunday evening, the Gathering ends with a Closing Banquet.
Is there a Meal Plan Option?
Yes, there is an on-campus meal plan. It is required for all participants that stay on-campus, but optional for those who stay off-campus. The cost is $60 and includes a 2 meal / $20 credit for Friday/Saturday, and a 1 meal / $10 credit for Sunday/Monday. NOTE: The meal card does not cover all the food costs, but most of it.
More information at https://www.hfs.washington.edu/conferences/Default.aspx?id=304
All-You-Care-to-Eat (AYCE) dining facilities are located at The 8 in McMahon Hall on North Campus and at Local Point in Lander Hall on West Campus. Meals in our AYCE dining facilities for the 2014 summer conference season are $8.45 for breakfast (served 7-9 a.m.), $10.20 for lunch (served 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and $12.45 for dinner (served 5-7 p.m.) This means that a full day of meals equals to $31.10.
More information at https://www.hfs.washington.edu/conferences/Default.aspx?id=304
What if I have dietary needs/restrictions?
During registration you can note any dietary needs/restrictions. This will then be used in food planning for the opening/closing events and the meal plan (if selected).
From UW Dining and Catering - Conference meal service at The 8 in McMahon Hall and Local Point in Lander Hall offer a broad selection of menu items in an AYCE style designed to satisfy a variety of preferences. A meatless entrée is provided at every meal. A wide variety of food choices are offered that will accommodate most dietary restrictions; however, vegan and kosher options are not guaranteed. Nutritional information can be found online at https://www.hfs.washington.edu/dining/Default.aspx?id=1074
Transportation from SeaTac airport to the University of Washington
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) is located approximately 20 miles south of the University of Washington and 15 miles south of Downtown Seattle. It is approximately 30 minutes from the airport to the University of Washington which is located in the University District (U-district) area. Suggested transportation options are listed below, and this airport map may help located the various services. (NOTE: Fares quoted here are subject to change.)
Shuttle Express http://www.shuttleexpress.com/hotel-airport-shuttle-service#UW Shuttle Express offers 24 hour service between the airport and any Seattle destination. It is the suggested method for transportation from the airport as it will drop you off in front of your dormitory or hotel and is convenient if you are traveling with luggage. The shuttle takes up to 10 passengers in a small van at a one-way trip fare of $22-$25/person. Kids 17 and under ride free, one for each paying adult. Cash, traveler's checks, and major credit cards are accepted, and it is customary to provide the driver with a 15% gratuity or rip. Reservations are not required prior to arrival at Sea-Tac Airport, but advance reservations are required for the return trip from your dormitory or hotel to the airport (Call 425-981-7000 or 1-800-487-7433, or make reservations online. To locate Shuttle Express at Sea-Tac Airport after baggage claim, follow the signs to ground transportation located on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. The 3rd floor where Shuttle Express is located is on the same level as baggage claim, but is on the opposite side of the street. To get across the lower drive from the baggage claim area, you must go up one floor via escalator or elevator and go back down a level to proceed to Shuttle Express. The wait for a shuttle is usually 10 to 20 minutes and then the ride to the UW Campus takes about 30 minutes.
Shuttle Express is offering the discounted rate of $44 per person on round trip reservations; the retail rate is $72, so this is a pretty heavily discounted rate. Reserve online at http://shuttleexpress.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=daci&LOGON=GO or by calling the Guest Service Center at 425.981.7000 and referencing DACI 2014.
Taxi Transportation by taxi is likely the easiest form of transportation, though it is also the costliest. Services from the airport are available 24 hours a day. Taxis depart from the street at the baggage claim area level. If you do not see a cab, you can call 206-246-9999 to arrange for pick-up on one of the curbside phones. The average fare from the airport to the U-District ranges from $40.00 to $50.00 depending upon traffic and the time of day. It is customary to give th driver a 15% gratuity tor tip in addition to the fare. Other reliable taxi services are available in the Seattle area All taxi cab companies operate at the same rate in King County, $2.50 meter drop, $2.00 per mile, $.50 per minute waiting time, $.50 per extra passenger over two excluding minors:
Far West 206-622-1717
Orange Cab 206-522-8800
Yellow Cab 206-622-6500
Graytop Cab 206-282-8222
Public Transit (Link Light Rail / Seattle Metro) http://metro.kingcounty.gov/ Utilizing the Light Rail and Seattle Metro system is the most economical means of transportation, but is not recommended if you are arriving late or traveling with a lot of luggage. From the arrivals hall at Sea-Tac Airport, follow the signs for Link Light Rail; the station is a short walk from the terminal on the far side of the parking garage. Tickets must be purchased at the station before boarding. The cost is $2.50 and can be paid in cash or with a credit/debit card. Take the train to any of the transit tunnel stops (International District, Pioneer Square, University Street or Westlake). Once you disembark the train, take a bus going in the same direction--buses use the same tunnel as the Light Rail. Bus routes serving the University District include the #71, 72 or 73. Buses usually come every 10 minutes for most of the day. Fare is $2.00-2.25 (exact change required) depending on the time of day and the ride takes about 20 minutes. Buses stop along University Way, one block from the UW campus. (NOTE: Those staying at the Silver Cloud Inn would need to transfer to bus #68 at NE Campus Park Way.). For bus schedule and route information call 206-553-3000 or go to METRO's website at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/
Is there Parking available on campus during the day?
Parking is available for purchase at the conference front desk. Rates are: $15.00 M-F, $5.00 Sat, Free Sun.
Is there Overnight Parking available on campus?
Overnight parking is available for purchase at the conference front desk and they will assign you to a spot in the parking garage under the residence halls.
Participants should be aware of the following rules and precautions:
Do not bring a lot of money or expensive items to the Gathering: you do so at your own risk.
Do not leave equipment or luggage unattended.
Do not walk alone on campus or leave campus unattended (without an instructor, chaperone, or gathering staff member).
Please make sure to coordinate time and place to be picked up by your ride each evening if necessary.
Clearly label all personal items you bring to the gathering (such as a water bottle).
No food is allowed in the studios. No sweetened or flavored beverages are allowed in the studio. No food is to be eaten in the dance studio. There are exceptions to these rules.
Water is allowed in the studios in a reusable contained with a secure top.
No street shoes are allowed in the studios. Bare feet or soft-soled dance shoes/slippers only. No high heels. No hard soles. No talc or rosin may be used on shoes or on the studio floors. Participants are asked to refrain from wearing excessive lotion or oils on exposed skin.
No pets are allowed in the studios.
Do not raise or lower the window blinds. If incoming light needs to be adjusted, use the wands to open or close the slats to increase or decrease the amount of outside light.
What is the Washington Sales Tax?
The State of Washington sales tax is currently 10% on food items and 9.5% on non-food items.
THINGS TO DO IN SEATTLE BEFORE/AFTER THE GATHERING
The Space Needle
The Space Needle, created for the 1962 World's Fair, is an Emerald City icon. You can ride the elevator 520 feet to the Observation Deck for views of Lake Union, the Olympic Mountains, the Cascade Range, Safeco Filed and CenturyLink Field. http://www.spaceneedle.com
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Located in the heart of Seattle, Chihuly Garden and Glass provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Through the exhibition's eight interior galleries, lush outdoor garden and centerpiece Glasshouse visitors will experience a comprehensive look at Chihuly's most significant series of work. With both day and night experiences, and full–service dining in the adjoining Collections Cafe, this long–term exhibition offers a unique experience rain or shine. http://www.chihulygardenandglass.com
Pike Place Market
Pike Place Market, founded in 1907, is one of Seattle's most popular attractions. Here you can purchase produce and flowers from area farms, fresh fish, gourmet sweets and crafts from local artisans—all while being entertained by buskers. http://www.pikeplacemarket.com
The Seattle Great Wheel
One of the biggest Ferris wheels in the United States, The Seattle Great Wheel is 175 feet tall and extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of the pier, over Elliott Bay. The wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas. 41 white gondolas each seat up to eight adults. Cabin #42, the VIP cabin, has leather bucket seats, a stereo system, glass bottom floor, and can seat up to 4 adults. In total, the wheel can hold over 300 passengers at any given time. https://seattlegreatwheel.com
Museum of Flight
he Museum of Flight is an expansive facility filled with all things related to flight. From the first primitive glider designed by the Wright brothers to the stealthy "Blackbird" capable of Mach 3 and an 80,000 ft ceiling - the museum has assembled a massive collection of flying machines. http://www.museumofflight.org
The EMP Music, Science Fiction and Pop-culture Museum
The EMP Music, Science Fiction and Pop-culture Museum has interactive displays such as a new installation that lets visitors vote for their favorite songs. The new exhibit "Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic" features artifacts such as the Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz; the prison jacket worn by Sirius Black in the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; and manuscript pages from books by Tolkien, including his handwritten edits. The exhibit "Hear My Train a Comin': Hendrix Hits London," in honor of what would have been Hendrix's 70th birthday on November 27, 2012, will be on view until sometime in 2015. http://www.empmuseum.org
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (locally known as the Ballard Locks) is a waterway system that connects the saltwater of the Puget Sound to the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which sits about 20 feet above sea level. Boats enter the locks, the gates close and the water rises or falls to the level of the destination waterway. Watching boats pass through the locks, exploring the 7 acres of botanical gardens and looking for fish on the fish ladder is fun and free entertainment that draws locals and tourists alike. http://travelntours.in/destinations/north-america/hiram-m-chittenden-locks-seattle
Seattle Art Museum
This post-modern structure houses an impressive and eclectic collection. The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Visit SAM to see a museum carved into the city, as much a part of Seattle's landscape and personality as the coffee, rain, mountains, Pike Place Market, and the Space Needle. Our three distinct locations celebrate the region's position as a crossroads where east meets west, urban meets natural, local meets global. Our collections, installations, special exhibitions, and programs feature art from around the world and build bridges between cultures and centuries. http://www.seattleartmuseum.org
Olympic Sculpture Park
World-class sculpture. A walk with wonderful views of the city, harbor and mountains. And it's free. How could you not visit the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park? The outdoor sculpture garden spreads over 9 acres of a seaside bluff north of downtown, transformed from an industrial backwater into the home of artwork such as Alexander Calder's "Eagle," six tons of red-painted steel that looks like an abstract soaring bird. Paths wander amid sculpture; for a longer, lovely walk, stroll along the 1.2-mile waterfront path in adjoining Myrtle Edwards Park. http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/olympic-sculpture-park