|Dancers from across the country (and outside the U.S.) have expressed great interest in coming to SHORASHIM 2003 in NYC, especially because it is a rare opportunity to experience a whole weekend of teaching by Dani Dassa. They also had many questions, some of which are answered below and may be of interest to you or your friends:
CAN I GET A REDUCED RATE IF I COME FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND?
Those who wish to come for the complete weekend will have entry to all sessions at a discounted rate of only $100, which is 17% off the total cost for SIX WORKSHOPS & FOUR PARTIES/MARATHONS. You can even pay on Friday evening, when the first session begins. But let us know if you are interested, so we can reserve a weekend pass for you that will allow you entry, even if we limit the number of participants to a specific event.
CAN I RESERVE IN ADVANCE, IF I AM COMING FOR ONLY PART OF THE WEEKEND?
If you are not from New York City, please let us know which events you are planning to attend, so we can assure you entry to Shorashim in case we need to limit the number of participants to a specific event.
CAN YOU GIVE ME A LIST OF HOTELS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF BRIDGE FOR DANCE (2726 Broadway at 104th St.), WHERE SHORSHIM 2003 WILL TAKE PLACE?
Go to our website www.rikud.net, click on Location, "Yahoo! Maps", "Nearby Businesses - More", Hotels -- this will give you an extensive list of hotels in the local area at various price ranges as well as hotel reservation websites. The least expensive is probably the youth hostel, Hostelling International, one block away or the Malibu Hotel about a half block from the dance studio. But, you must make your arrangemnets quickly since Labor Day weekend is very popular time for tourists in NYC. You can also try the internet for more upscale hotels at reasonable rates. I used choicehotels.com and found very good rates for well under $100/night at the Quality Hotel on 94th St. and Broadway, about 10 minutes walk. Several SHORASHIM participants are staying there. You should also try other hotel reservation websites listed for comparative rates, which seem to change daily or even hourly. If you make such reservations, let us know how you make out so we can share the information with others.
ARE THERE SHABBAT SERVICES AVAILABLE NEARBY?
The Youth Hostel, ONE BLOCK AWAY on Amsterdam Ave. and 104th St., has Orthodox services on Shabbat. There are also many synagogues in the area -- Orthodox and Conservative - that have Friday night services. The closest one is Ansche Chesed, FIVE BLOCKS AWAY at 100th St. between Broadway and West End Avenue, a Conservative Synagogue with several different Minyanim.
WILL THERE BE FREE TIME FOR DOING THINGS IN THE BIG APPLE?
Much of the day is free. The Rivka Sturman z"l program with all our guest teachers as well as Danny Pollock's repertoire workshops start at 2pm and the advanced-level workshops with our guest choreographer, Dani Dassa, are scheduled at 4pm. So you can sleep late or take advantage of the numerous attractions in New York City during the early part of the day. There is a two hour break between the workshops and the start of the evening party, so you can have leisurely dinners at the local restaurants, that include many ethnic, kosher and vegetarian ones to choose from.
IF I GO TO HORA KEFF, CAN I ALSO COME TO SHORASHIM ?
For those planning to go to Hora Keff, it is possible to participate in the last two days of activities at Shorashim, which is being held in New York City. In past years when there was such an overlap, dancers from as far away as Australia came to Shorashim after Hora Keff. This year there are workshops planned for Sunday afternoon August 31 with Danny Pollock at 2pm and with Dani Dassa at 4pm. The evening party begins at 8pm. The same schedule applies for Monday September 1. Over the weekend, music for dance parties will be provided by Ben Hole, Rob Markowitz & others (TBA), as well as a live band. For a preliminary schedule and costs per event check out our website at www.rikud.net or email us at email@example.com for the latest info. If you are not from New York City, please let us know if you are planning to come after HORA KEFF, so we can assure you entry to Shorashim in the event we limit the number of participants to a specific event on Sunday or Monday.
Have a great summer and hope to see you at SHORASHIM 2003.