Spring 2022 ECJ: April 13-17

Spring 2022 East Coast Jam Event Info

  • Where: Claymont Society, Claymont Court Estate, Claymont Mansion Road, Charles Town, WV 25414
    See Travel Info for travel details

  • When: April 13, 2022, 05:00 PM, to April 17, 2022, 02:00 PM
    Official kickoff is Wednesday night, April 13 at 6:30 PM dinner. Jammers can begin arriving as early as 5:00. Contact us if you need to arrive earlier.

Our continuing mission: sharing Contact Improvisation. Bring your whole dancing self, share quests and questions, connect and explore!

  • See our home page for general info about the East Coast Jam

  • See the At-the-ECJ Details page for various particulars

  • Visit Claymont Court Seminars for info about the Jam retreat center.

  • The rest of this page has the jam-specific details like costs and organizer contact info. Registration rates are organized around the actual costs, which vary depending on when and how you'll be attending.

  • To actually register, follow the registration page instructions. (But get acquainted with the details below, first.)

Spring 2022 COVID considerations and provisions

This is a complex moment in the COVID pandemic, when we may be near (or in) a shift to endemic phase. For the time being, though, it's hard to be sure. Recognizing that, we're changing our cancellation policy to try to provide latitude for those who register. Specifically, anyone who is registered can cancel with no penalty at any point up to 10 days before the jam – until April 3 – if they feel COVID situation requires it. No penalty means refund of their deposit along with any principal payment.

Conversely, the organizers and the jam hosts, Claymont Seminars, can cancel the jam up to nine days before the jam (April 4), which would also mean full refunds for all registered jammers. The premise is that the COVID situation during the jam will be much more clear soon before the jam than it is now. We would love to have the jam if conditions allow, and we hope and as things currently seem to be trending. But we've been surprised many times during the COVID crisis, and we need to be able to cancel with minimal cost to everyone if that's what the conditions at the time dictate.

In addition, our hosts and we currently require that all participating:

  • Must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination on or before arrival.

  • Must obtain a Covid test within 48 hours of arrival, and present proof of a negative test on or before arrival.

  • Anyone who cannot be vaccinated must show proof of a medical exemption prior to arrival.

  • Claymont may require wearing masks indoors. This will be based on current CDC recommendations.

We hope and expect that all will stay healthy and well while at the jam, but we can't be sure of that. Everyone attending will agree that, should someone develop possible COVID symptoms:

  1. Anyone who is symptomatic should immediately self isolate and test, and notify the organizers immediately

  2. Everyone should bring at least one extra rapid COVID test to the jam.

  3. If someone tests positive or has distinct COVID symptoms (inability to taste or smell, for instance), for the safety of all participants that person must leave the jam.

  4. Depending on circumstances of the incident, those remaining at the jam may need to self-test.

  5. If the organizers feel that such an incident warrants, they may shut down the jam without possibility of refunds.


All of this is subject to change as conditions dictate at the time of the jam. It's possible that the requirements will ease, but any substantial policy changes will depend on consent of all registered jammers.

Costs and Payment

The cost depends on your attendance and how soon you register.

  • A bed in a shared room and delicious meals are included in the charges. (Meals are vegetarian, and entail simple breakfasts and full lunches and dinners.)

  • Blankets and pillow are included; sheets and towels are available for a small laundry fee, like $5 to $10 total.

  • Arranging to camp onsite reduces your cost by $20/night
    Please let us know that you are camping when you register - there's a space on the form for that. You'll need to pay the difference if you change your mind beforehand (let us know) or crashing indoors at the last minute to escape weather, etc. There's some risk: we might not have spare beds for last minute changes, though that's unusual.

  • Kids 11 and younger also get discounted food and lodging. Speak with the organizers (see below) to determine how that specifically affects your charge.

Note: The full balance is due a week before the jam.

  • A $50 deposit is required to secure your enrollment, with full balance paid by a week before the jam.

The deposit is refundable until the end of the early registration period, around 2.5 weeks before the jam.

You can pay the balance online using our handy Online Payments page or with a land-mailed check. If you send a check, you must send it to arrive before April 3.

  • Workstudy: available but get in touch with us promptly. Work study availability closes 2 weeks before the jam. Contact the work study organizer (see below) for details and arrangements.

Cost Schedule

Our baseline registration prices hold until before March 28, and they depend on how many nights you attend:

  1. $470 Full Jam
    Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch

  2. $390 3 nights
    Thursday after lunch through Sunday lunch or Wed. after lunch through Sat. lunch

  3. $280 2 nights
    Friday after lunch through Sunday lunch or Thur. after lunch thru Sat. lunch or Wed. after lunch thru Fri lunch

  4. $180 1 night
    Any jam day from after lunch through lunch of the next day

  • Registration must be for a contiguous days – you can't skip days

  • You don't have to attend through Sunday. For example, your last day could be Friday or Saturday.

  • Registration for any day starts after lunch. Our registration facility is organized this way - if you want to arrive earlier that day you need to bring your own lunch.

The actual cost depends on both your attendance plans and how soon you register. Here are the registration deadline offsets, with an example based on the Full Jam attendance price:

  1. +$0 Early registration:
    Start until end of Sunday Mar 27
    Eg Full Jam attendance
    at the early-bird price: $470

  2. +$50 Late registration:
    Monday Mar 28 until registration close Apr 3
    Eg Full Jam attendance at the late price: $520

Organizer Contact Info

To reach the Spring Jam organizers as a group, send an email to springecj@gmail.com.

To reach a specific organizer:

Registration (etc.)

Jonathan DeVilbiss

  • Email: jdevilbiss3@gmail.com

  • Phone: (301) 602-7864

  • Address (eg for non-online payment):
    44 Woodbine Ave.
    Northampton, MA 01060

Workstudy (etc.)

Kathleen Hunter

Coordination / Online Tech (etc.)

Ken Manheimer