This year, as in years past, we will offer the option for out-of-towners to stay with some of our lovely local dancers. We want you to know now that while we will do our best to find beds, sofas and floors for you to rest on, we cannot guarantee housing. We will be sure to communicate with you if housing becomes full.
Here is the notional schedule for the hosting process:
April 1-15: Hosts and Guests are contacted for their preferences.
April 15-30: Initial assignments are made
April 25: Guest Sign up is closed.
May 1-7: Last minute adjustments are made.
Are you new to homestay? Included below are some basic etiquette points that should help things go smoothly.
Etiquette for Guests
- Contact your host to introduce yourself as soon as you’ve been notified by the Housing Coordinator.
- Let your host know the best way to keep in touch with you both before and during the event.
- Hosts will provide a place to sleep and access to a bathroom. (Expect to provide your own toiletries and towels.)
- Expect to take care of your own meals, though some hosts may have some items or snacks on hand.
- Let your host know what you can bring for yourself (linens, etc.).
- Let your host know to what you’re planning for transportation. Check with your host(s) for transportation to and from the airport and around town.
- Let them know your schedule for the weekend and where to find you.
- Make your “getting ready” time as short and efficient as possible. You may not be the only guest in the house.
- Don’t make guesses about acceptable behavior. Ask questions about what is or isn’t okay, but also let us know if there are issues or concerns.
- Do something for your host to express your gratitude. This isn’t necessary, but it’s nice and makes the overall hosting experience more positive.
Etiquette for Hosts
- Contact your guest(s) to introduce yourself as soon as you’ve been notified by the Housing Coordinator.
- When your guests arrive, give them a tour and let them know what they can use and what is off limits. It’s up to you to protect your good furniture, carpets, etc. Let them know your “house rules.” These are completely up to you, and if you communicate them up front, it should avoid problems.
- Clarify what you’re providing in the areas of housing, linens, transportation and breakfast. Remind them what they’ll need to bring for themselves. They’re told to expect only a place to sleep and access to a restroom, more than that is up to you.
- Guests should expect to take care of their own meals. If you provide some food or snacks, notify your guests and ask about their eating habits/allergies to avoid conflict.
- Let them know the best way to keep in touch with you both before and during the event. Your guests are strangers and will look to you for help.
- Let them know your schedule for the weekend and be specific about what a reasonable time in the bathroom will be.
- Don’t make assumptions about behavior. Be up front with what matters and let us know if there are issues or concerns.