Cheryl Lyons

Dance 'n Play

America's Magnificent "Vacation Playground" for Dancers!



Dance ‘n Play is a different kind of Swing event. It combines exciting competitions, outstanding workshops and a wide array of resort vacation activities. It’s exactly what it advertises – a place to Dance and to Play.

Dance ‘n Play is held at the scenic Eagle Crest Resort, an idyllic lodge located in the soft rolling hills of Redmond, Oregon. The word “blissful” is an understatement. Here you can experience a wonderful variety of outdoor adventures like horseback riding, white water rafting, canoeing, rock climbing, golf, tennis, bicycling, waterskiing, and jet skiing. You can even rent a boat and explore Lake Chinook which is surrounded by walled canyons, or hike the trails along the Cascade Mountains with views of volcanic peaks, or visit the Tumolo Waterfall. It’s incredible here. And there's free transportation for outdoor activities.


In addition to the resort, there's a golf tournament with Michael Kielbasa, a Bubble Ball Soccer competition, and beer and wine tasting features.

OK, that’s jut the backdrop. Now for the event itself. For “Dance ‘n Play”, Director Cheryl Lyons has assembled an array of top teaching Pros who offer workshops in  West Coast Swing and a variety of other dances. The workshops provide valuable tips for competitors with the emphasis on West Coast Swing Jack & Jill competitions. There's lot's of private lesson time, social dancing and activities with the Pro Staff. This is a family friendly event and a great opportunity for you to be for your vacation.

Competitive divisions include Jack & Jill Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. It’s a low-pressure event that focuses on workshops, social dancing and numerous outside activities.

There are 4 workshop rooms, over 30 workshops and 10,000 sf of ballroom space.

As for Cheryl, her dance resume is formidable. She has held roles as a competitor, instructor, judge, and event director. She’s done it all. Her long-term goal is to build “Dance ‘n Play” into a major convention with the special incentive of having dancers arrive a week early to enjoy a vacation adventure and take fullest advantage of all the unique outdoor activities offered here. As Cheryl says, “At this convention you Dance and Play - and have a great time doing BOTH.” That’s what it’s all about.

So, if you’d like to attend a multi-faceted dance event that is held at a beautiful 1,700 acre vacation resort at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, visit the www.dancenplay.com website and plan to attend. It’ll be an experience you won’t forget.

  Jack & Jill Competitions   


It's a Swing event, but the cool about it, is they are also mixing Salsa, night club 2 and hustle more than in other events I've been to. The workshops are also more uniquely titled to prepare students for competition dancing and higher level social. The event offers so many cool other activities.

 Michael Kiehm


You know when you're sitting outside on a patio, overlooking a beautiful golf course, hanging with some great people, thinking of late night dancing to some amazing music...life is good! :) Eagle Crest Resort...Dance n' Play Event.

Michael Kielbasa

If you didn't make Dance N Play this year Next year you have to show up!!! Great Staff, Dedicated to helping you learn and get better! Great Activities, White water rafting, Canoe trips, Etc...Amazing hotel and hotel staff they we're so helpful, and the rooms were amazing with great views!!! Regular workshops and leveled workshops for all kinds of dancers! The instructors LOVE to teach and are they to help you as a dancer! Multiple workshop rooms and a big dance floor! I can't wait for next year!!!!

Quin Kloppenburg


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