iCan Dance Hosts

Our hosts include nonprofit organizations, local governments, advocacy groups and proactive parents that step-up to organize a local iCan Dance program. This usually starts with a motivated individual that wants to formerly introduce dancing into the lives of people with disabilities in their area

iCan Dance Hosts

What Hosts Should Expect

Hosting a successful iCan Dance program involves a good deal of effort, however, the feedback and gratitude you will receive from dancers, families and volunteers will make it worth all your hard work. Being an iCan Dance host may be the toughest job you’ve ever loved!

We offer two types of iCan Dance programs.  Our iCan Dance Camp is the most common and is described below.  Additionally, we offer an iCan Dance After School Program (ASP) specially designed for school district and private school hosts interested in engaging and empowering the typically-developing peer students of the dancers as the volunteers.

iCan Dance Camp Hosts are responsible for:

    • Securing a local suitable climate-controlled facility (accessible for wheelchairs) such as a gymnasium, dance room, fitness room, yoga room, to conduct our dance program Monday through Friday during normal business hours
    • Allowing access to the facility for two hours on the Sunday afternoon/evening before camp (parent and volunteer orientation)
    • Paying a fixed program fee of $5,450 to iCan Shine for between 4 and 8 dancers during each of the five daily 60-minute sessions
    • Providing lodging for two iCan Dance staff for the week (2 hotel rooms for 7 nights)
    • Establishing a dancer registration fee to charge and collect from families (used to fund the above mentioned program fee – dancer registration fees generally range from $75 to $125 per dancer)
    • Recruiting and registering local dancers and volunteers (1 to 2 volunteers per dancer)
    • Planning and administering the daily check-in process, providing name-tags, t-shirts and recognition awards to dancers and volunteers

Getting up to speed on becoming an iCan Dance Camp Host:

The most efficient way to understand what is involved in being an iCan Dance Camp host is to:

Difference between an iCan Dance Camp and After School Program (ASP):

The iCan Dance Camp differs from an ASP to the extent that an ASP:

    • utilizes the typically-developing peer students of the dancers as volunteers
    • includes an educational daily one hour team-building and diversification training component for the volunteers
    • includes one or two 60-minute session(s) per day (vs. five 60-minute sessions per day in a Camp) serving between 4 and 8 dancers per session depending on square footage of the dancing area
    • occurs during the school year in the afternoon after school ends
    • costs $3,250 for one session or $3,750 for two sessions (vs. $5,450 for a Camp), plus lodging for two iCan Dance staff for the week.

If interested in hosting an iCan Dance ASP please start by reading the comprehensive Dance ASP Host Overview.

Host Documents

In order to make iCan Dance programs efficient and successful, we have developed standardized planning, administrative, marketing, registration and other informational documents. Our goal in doing this is to make hosting one of our iCan Dance programs as stress-free and seamless as possible.

Over the years, we have accumulated a number of best practices on hosting efficient and successful programs and have fine-tuned this process to be reflected in the documentation below readily available to all hosts. As an iCan Dance program host, you will benefit from our many years of determining what works best and therefore avoid having to re-invent the process.

Finally, we work especially close with our new ‘rookie’ hosts to ensure they are completely up to speed and fully supported in the endeavor to plan their first dance program. After hosting their first program, our hosts find that hosting subsequent programs becomes substantially easier.

Considering Being A Host?

  • Dance After School Program (ASP) Host Overview

    If you're interested in hosting an after school iCan Dance program here's the place to start.  This document provides a comprehensive overview of what's involved in implementing an after school program such as program description, it's benefits to dancers and the typically developing peer students that volunteer as spotters, facility requirements, cost, etc...

  • Dance Camp Host Overview

    If you're thinking about hosting an iCan Dance camp and want to know what's involved reading this document is the best place to start! This document provides a comprehensive overview of what is entailed in hosting a dance camp covering important items such as program description, dancer benefits, facility and volunteer requirements, cost, etc...

Planning

  • Dance Camp Host Planning Guide

    If you want to see the big picture as to when and what needs to occur when planning an iCan Dance camp, reading this document is a great place to start! This document provides a timeline of major tasks and how to most efficiently accomplish planning and organizing a successful, efficient and stress-free dance program

  • Dance Camp Host Facility Checklist

    Checklist of important items iCan Dance Hosts need to consider when searching for and selecting a facility for hosting their iCan Dance program

  • Dance Camp Budget Template

    Simple and easy-to-use Excel format budget template for Hosts to use in determining the gross and net cost of hosting an iCan Dance camp

  • Dance Camp Booking Form

    This is the form all prospective iCan Dance hosts complete and submit to book a week to host an iCan Dance camp once they secure a venue. Once received, we will e-mail you an agreement and prepare your iCan Dance webpage to include on our website to assist you with marketing your dance camp.

  • Dance Camp Host Overview

    If you're thinking about hosting an iCan Dance camp and want to know what's involved reading this document is the best place to start! This document provides a comprehensive overview of what is entailed in hosting a dance camp covering important items such as program description, dancer benefits, facility and volunteer requirements, cost, etc...

Marketing

Dancers

  • Dancer Registration Form

    Form hosts use to register dancers for their iCan Dance program including details about the dancer, program and the dancer liability release.  Alternatively, hosts can establish an online registration process through websites; however, we require all of the information requested on this registration form be included in any online registration platform.

  • Dancer Daily Check-In Sheet

    Check-in sheet listing all dancers by session for daily check-in purposes at dance camp

  • E-mail Confirmation of Dancer Registration

    Standard communication sent from Host to families confirming their registration and important details about dance camp

  • Dancer Data Spreadsheet

    Summary of pertinent dancer information Host completes and e-mails to their iCan Dance assigned Dance Instructor 2 weeks prior to camp

Volunteers