Harrison Hot Spring Dance Spa Retreat 2017

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 Join us for our third annual

Dance & Spa Retreat

    at Harrison Hot Springs Resort in beautiful British Columbia, Canada

Sat-Mon, Feb 18-20, 2017

Three fun-filled days of workshops, live music, dancing, dining, hot springs, and R&R over the Presidents Day Weekend, with Ari Levitt, Alyssa Manning, Emily Webb & company!

** UPDATE (Jan 3, 2017)**

We’re very pleased to announce that Emily Webb of San Francisco, a specialist in Fusion & Tango, will be joining us to teach a session on movement and connection.  She is a fabulous dancer and teacher and we are very privileged to have her (Check out her videos in the "Bio" section below)

** UPDATE (Feb 9, 2017)**

Thank you, leads, for stepping' up!  All follows have now been taken off of the waiting list and we are back to open registration for all!


  • Three wonderful days of interactive dance workshops, wellness, and R&R with Ari Levitt, Alyssa Manning and companyincluding several very unique sessions on partnering & connection, fun & informative fireside & hot tub discussion panels, and opportunities for each participant to teach as well as to learn from each other in our unique "un-conference" sessions!
  • Two night's of LIVE MUSIC & DANCING in the resort's world-famous and historic "Copper Room", including a:
    • Saturday night after-dinner dance party from 9-11:30pm (with complimentary drinks and snacks), followed by a fireside chat, and late night hot springs & mineral bath soaking.
    • Sunday night semi-formal group dinner & dance to live music from 6-10pm, with a late night DJ'd after-party until 11:30pm, and outdoor hot springs & mineral baths till 1:00am
  • Five delicious mealsincluding breakfast, lunch, & dinner on Sunday; breakfast & lunch on Monday; and two tea/coffee breaks per day. 
  • Five indoor & outdoor natural hot spring pools for early morning to late night soaking (open until 1:00am!) for guests staying at the resort
  • Numerous rest, relaxation, and fitness opportunities, including morning walks, yoga, stretching, hot springs soaks, guided meditations, workout/fitness room, fireside chats, lakeside activities, hikes, and more!



  • Your transportation to & from Harrison Hot Springs
  • Your Room  (You must reserve your room separately through the hotel.  Group discount rates are available for all "Roll Up The Rug" participants, with prices starting at $33.00pp/night for a quad.  The group rates will also be honored if you wish to stay any additional nights before or after the event. See Hotel Reservaion section below for details)
  • Parking Fee at Harrison Hot Springs  ($8/day, if you're driving)
  • Spa treatments  (Harrison Hot Springs is a world-class spa facility. All spa amenities and treatments are available for an additional cost.  Please check the Harrison Hot Springs website for more details)

   SATURDAY  (Feb 18th, morning to late night)
  • [OPTIONAL] CARPOOL TO B.C.:  Meet for coffee and snacks in Seattle, drive or carpool to Harrison Hot Springs, B.C.  (carpooling details to be arranged individually.  contact Ari if you need a ride)
  • 11:00am-6:00pm:  Arrive at Harrison Hot Springs and enjoy the amenities! (you can store your luggage in your car or with the hotel concierge until your room is available)  Hike, bike, golf, mineral bath soaks, R&R, dinner on your own...
  • 4:00pm:  Official resort check in is 4pm.  You can check into your room earlier if it is available.  If it's not available, you can still leave your luggage with the concierge and go enjoy the resort amenities!   (Changing rooms are available at poolside)
  • 6:00-7:00pm:  Dance Retreat check-in and/or registration (in the lobby)
  • 7:00-9:00pm:  Meet & greet; introductions; games; group workshop with Ari
  • 9:00-11:30pm:  "Copper Room" dance to live music (bar drink & snacks included)
  • 9:00-11:45pm:  Camp ballroom available for late night practice, dancing (Bring your own music to DJ; sound system will be provided)
  • 9:00pm-late:  Hotel after hours activities -- hot tubbing, spa activities, fireside R&R, free-time (on your own).  
  • 11:50pm:  Midnight Hot-Tub Chat & Story Swap (a great way to cool down and relax after the dance!)
  SUNDAY  (Feb 19th, full day)
  • Early morning walks, watsu, yoga, stretching, spa, hot springs soak (Schedule TBA on Sunday)
  • 8:30-9:45am:  [GROUP BREAKFAST]
  • 10:00-12:00pm: Morning Dance Workshops with Ari & Alyssa
  • 12:00-1:30pm: [GROUP LUNCH]
  • 1:30-3:30pm:  Afternoon Dance Workshops With Ari & Alyssa
  • 3:30-7:30pm: Free time (spa, walks, talks, practices, hot springs chats)
  • 7:00-11:00pm:  Copper Room Group Dinner & Dance Party, Live Big Band (business casual attire)
  • 10:15-11:45pm:  Camp Ballroom available for late night music, practice, dancing
  • 10:00pm-late:  After hours hot tubbing, spa activities, free-time (on your own). 
  • 11:15pm:  Fireside "Team Trivia" Game:  This will be a really fun, light-hearted, late-night matching of wits & memory, moderated by  Ari.  (With delicious prizes to the team who wins!) 
      MONDAY, Feb 20th (June 16th, morning and afternoon, ends at 4:30pm)
    • Early morning walks, watsu, yoga, stretching, spa, hot springs soak (Schedule TBA on Sunday)
    • 8:00-9:30am:  [GROUP BREAKFAST]
    • 9:30-10:00:  Room Checkout (luggage storage available)
    • 10:00-12:00pm: Morning Dance Workshops with Ari & Alyssa
    • 12:00-1:30pm: [GROUP LUNCH]
    • 1:30-3:30pm:  Afternoon Dance Workshops with Emily Webb, Wrap Up
    • 3:45-4:30pm:  Special Group-Dance Activity  (TBA)
    • 4:30-6:00pm:  Last chance to enjoy the resort before you leave! (hot springs, swimming, walks, etc).  Changing rooms available at poolside.
    • 6:00pm + :  Optional group dinner and dancing for those staying an extra night (To be arranged on site -- not included in the weekend package)


    Classes will draw concepts and material from a variety of dance styles (ie, blues, swing, ballroom, latin, tango, fusion, etc) and will focus almost entirely on techniques that can make your dance connection and partnership that much more of a rich and profound experience in any dance you do (as apposed learning lots of isolated moves and step-based patterns for a specific style)

    What makes this retreat such a unique experience is not only the knowledge of your instructors, but the material they will be teaching and the way they will be presenting it.  During the course of the camp, you will be taken on a personal journey, utilizing a variety of social dance styles, to emphasize those critical elements of energy & connection that are so fundamental to improving your ability to communicate (or "converse") on the dance floor...in ANY style of dance!  
    If you have taken mostly "steps-based" classes or workshops in the past, this might be one of the most important experiences you will have in order to 
    get you to that next level of enjoying your dancing, of fluidly improvising with alternate rhythms, of connecting profoundly to the music, and of truly appreciating and celebrating your partnerships, both on the dance floor and off.  

    This is the vital, rich stuff that all beginning dancers, and even most intermediate or advanced dancers have not really been exposed to, but are usually very eager to learn once they become aware of these elements.  And this is what this weekend is about.  It's a very unique, very special opportunity to take your dance to the next level with two masterful teachers, and it really doesn't matter whether you come to this from a beginning, intermediate, or advanced level of dance.  This weekend will blow your mind, and will truly change the way you think about and appreciate partner dancing for long time to come!


    1. Simply go to the Roll Up The Rug website Registration & Payment pages to complete your registration & payment for the weekend.  Spaces are limited, so please do this sooner than later!  All prices are listed in Section A below.
    2. Contact the Harrison Hot Springs Spa & Resort to reserve your room.  Room prices and contact information are detailed in Section B below   (When you call HHS, be sure to ask for or push the voicemail prompt for "Group Reservations" and just tell then you are with "Roll Up The Rug".  If booking online, be sure to use the reservation code: 41Y9I3A) 


    (Spaces are limited, so register early!  Rooms will sell out as the date nears)

    A)  Dance & Wellness Spa Package

    • Early Bird  (Dec 1 - Jan 31):                  $320  (SAVE $20) 
    • Regular Bird  (Feb 1 - Feb 18):             $340  

    **PLEASE NOTE: Our group discount for the hotel rooms is only good through Jan 18th.  After then it's on a space available basis at the regular seasonal rates.  

    Go to the Registration & Payment pages to complete your Registration & Payment.  

    **FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS:  Due to the disproportionate US-Canadian dollar exchange rate, Canadian citizens will receive the following additional discount on the Payment Page to help offset your cost of paying in US dollars:  

    • [CANADIAN]  Early Bird  (Dec 1 - Jan 31):        $295  (SAVE $45) 
    • [CANADIAN]  Regular Bird  (Feb 1 - Feb 18):   $310  (SAVE $30)
    Remember to use "Canadian Citizen" option on the Payment Page. 


    B)  Hotel Room Rates (in Canadian Dollars)   

    To qualify for our specially discounted group rates, you must book your room directly through the hotel "Group Reservations" desk and say you are with "Roll Up The Rug", or book online using the reservation code: 41Y9I3A (See directions below).  Rates are the same for single or double occupancy.  Payment will be made directly to Harrison Hot Springs Resort in Canadian Currency.  Tax is approximately 15%.    Click Here to view the various room descriptions on the Harrison Hot Springs Webpage:

       Room Prices are in Canadian Dollars  (Currently $1.00 US = $1.32 Canadian; $1 Canadian = $0.76 US)


    SINGLE/DOUBLE ROOMS per night (1 or 2 beds)

    • Main Hotel    C$119.00 (plus tax)   (about $90 US, or $45/pp, plus tax)
    • West Wing   C$134.00 (plus tax)   (about $102 US, or $51/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower   C$144.00 (plus tax)   (about $109 US, or $55/pp, plus tax)
    • East Tower    C$154.00 (plus tax)    (about $117 US, or $59/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$145.00 (plus tax)   (about $110 US, or, $55/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Jr Suite   C$145.00 (plus tax)   (about $110 US, or, $55/pp, plus tax)

    TRIPLE ROOMS per night (3 beds)

    • Main Hotel      C$139.00 (plus tax)   (about $106 US, or $35/pp, plus tax)
    • West Wing      C$154.00 (plus tax)   (about $117 US, or $39/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower    C$164.00 (plus tax)   (about $125 US, or $42/pp plus tax)
    • East Tower     C$174.00 (plus tax)   (about $132 US, or, $44/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$165.00 (plus tax)   (about $125 US, or, $39/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Jr Suite   C$165.00 (plus tax)   (about $125 US, or, $39/pp, plus tax)

    QUAD ROOMS per night (4 beds)

    • Main Hotel                      N/A
    • West Wing      C$174.00 (plus tax)        (about $132 US, or $33/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower    C$184.00 (plus tax)        (about $140 US, or $35/pp, plus tax)
    • East Tower     C$194.00 (plus tax)        (about $147 US, or $37/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$185.00 (plus tax)   (about $141 US, or, $35/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Jr Suite                  N/A

    **Please feel free to arrive early and/or to stay an extra night as you wish.  To do so, you would simply need to make those arrangements with the hotel when you book your room.  The hotel will honor the same group rates for any additional nights you choose to stay



    To reserve your room using our special group discounted rate, contact Harrison Hot Springs "Group Reservations" via any of the methods below:

    • Online: at http://www.harrisonresort.com (You can book directly using the reservation code: 41Y9I3A)
    • By Direct Fax:  604-796-3682
    • By Phone (Toll Free):  800-663-2266 (at prompt, press 2 for group reservations) 
    • By Reservations Email:  res@harrisonresort.com  
      • Please use the group name "Roll Up The Rug" to identify yourself and access the discounted rates

    Whichever way you contact them, be sure to let them know the following:

    1. Your name and contact information (email, phone, address)
    2. That you are with "Roll Up The Rug" 
    3. Your arrival and departure dates
    4. Your preferred room location from the list above (Main Hotel, West Tower, West Wing, East Tower)
    5. The number of persons sharing your room (If more than one, please indicate your preference for a single bed or for separate beds.  Please also let them know the name(s) of the person or persons you will be sharing your room with)
    6. Your form of payment 
    7. Any special needs you might have.  


                * PLEASE NOTE

    1. Our group hotel rate will be guaranteed through Wednesday, Jan 18th. Reservations received after Thursday, Jan 19, 2017 will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates.   
    2. As per hotel policy, hotel reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card or by an advanced deposit received 30 days prior to arrival. Individual Cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to arrival or one night's charge will be forfeited.    
    3. Cancellation refund policy for the "Roll Up The Rug" instruction, meal, and dance package:  1)  Full refund if cancelled by Jan 18th (1 month prior to the retreat);  2)  Full refund minus $50 from Jan 19th to Feb 8th (10 days before the retreat);  3)  1/2 full refund from Feb 9th to Feb 17th  4)  Full refund minus $200 after Feb 18th (at this point, we would have already paid HHS for your spot)


    Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa 

    100 Esplanade Avenue
    Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, VOM 1KO, Canada

    (Click Here for their web page)

      • Fax:  604-796-3682
      • Phone (Toll Free):  800-663-2266 (at prompt, press 2 for group reservations) 
      • Reservations Email:  res@harrisonresort.com  



    All rooms feature flat-screen TVs, in-room coffee makers, wireless Internet and beverage coolers. Views from the guestrooms range from Harrison Lake to the Resort Gardens, from Mt. Cheam to the village of Harrison Hot Springs and all rooms feature access to the spa's five hot mineral poolsfitness room and tennis courts.

    Our British Columbia hotel accommodations include the East TowerMain HotelWest Tower, and West Wing. View our Interactive Map to see the resort's layout or visit our Discover Harrison Hot Springs page to find directions, weather, and local information. 



    Travel time from Seattle to Harrison Hot Springs is just under 3 hrs, and less than 2 hrs from Vancouver.  A current passport will be required to cross the USA/CANADA border.  

    If you would like to carpool to the event, or if you have room in your car to take others, please be sure mark the appropriate box(es) on the registration page.  Carpooling details will be disseminated closer to the event date.  


    For anyone crossing the border into Canada, a current PASSPORT is required.  If coming from Seattle, I would recommend using the border crossing at Sumas, which is open 24hr/day and has a NEXUS lane. 

    • CLICK HERE to learn more about all three USA/Canada border crossing options and directions available to you.
    • CLICK HERE to learn more about the Sumas crossing specifically.
    • CLICK HERE to learn more about current road conditions, border wait times, traffic & weather at the Sumas crossing.



    Menu Items 


    The dinner menu you see below is not necessarily the menu that will be served at this year's event, but is rather from our 2016 retreat.  Since what they offer in the Copper Room is seasonal, we won't know the exact menu for dinner until thirty days prior the event.  At that time, I will email you the menu options and ask you to choose your main dish for the evening. 

     Monday & Tuesday, 7:45-8:45 AM

    •    Assorted Fruit Juices
    •    Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Berries
    •    Fresh Baked Croissants, Muffins & Danish Pastries
    •    Sliced Bread for Toasting, Sweet Butter, Preserves & Honey 
    •    Assorted Breakfast Cereals
    •    Warm Oatmeal with Brown Sugar
    •    Yogurt
    •    Scrambled Eggs with Red Pepper & Scallions
    •    Crispy Bacon, Fraser Valley Maple Breakfast Sausage
    •    Home Fried Hash Brown Potatoes - Ketchup
    •    Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea


     Monday & Tuesday, 10:00 AM

    Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

     Sunday & Monday, 12:00-1:30 PM

    SUNDAY:  Pizza Lunch     

    •   Two Types of Pizza:
                 1)  Grilled Chicken, Pesto, Feta & Sun-Dried Tomato
                 2)  Portabella Mushroom, Spinach, Olive & Asiago Cheese
    •   Caesar Salad, with Herb Croutons & Parmesan Cheese
    •   Marinated Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Feta Cheese & Basil
    •   Soup of the Day
    •   Gluten-Free Option (Chef's Choice) 
    •   Assorted Pastries, Tiramisu Mousse with Biscotti
    •   Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea

     MONDAY: Sandwich Buffet Lunch 

    •   Market Salad 
    •   Potato Salad
    •   Soup of the Day
    •   Fresh Vegetable Tray
    •   Assorted Sandwiches and Wraps
            (Gluten-Free & Vegetarian Options Available, Chef's Choice)
    •   A Variety of Fresh Pastries from the Harrison Bake Shop
    •   Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea


     Monday & Tuesday, 3:00 PM

    Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea

     Sunday Night Dinner & Dance

    **NOTE:  These are examples from last year.  The 2017 menu selections will be available 30 days prior to the event.

    Doors to the Copper Room open at 6:00pm, Dinner begins at 6:30pm, Music begins at 7:00pm


    DINNER MENU (from 2016 camp)

     Butter Lettuce & Radicchio Salad
     Asparagus, Radishes & Feta Cheese & Lemon Vinaigrette



     Beef Tenderloin  
    (with Red Wine Jus, Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)


     Wild Salmon  (with Salsa Cru, Parsleyed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)


     Pork Tenderloin  (with Apple Chutney, Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)


     Pappardelle Pasta  (with Mixed Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Smoked Tomato Arugula Sauce) 


     New York Cheesecake
    Pear Compote, Toasted Walnuts


     Coffee or Tea 
     No host cash bar and beverage service available


    **Copper Room Dress Code:  Smart/Casual (No Shorts, Sneakers, or T-Shirts). Clean, Well-Pressed Jeans are Acceptable.


     ARI LEVITT, MD (Seattle, WA):

    An incredibly versatile dancer & world-class instructor, Ari is well-known for his fun, energetic, and delightful classes that can't help but inspire students with a love and passion for dance.  He has been teaching and performing nationally, and internationally for over 25 years; is the co-founder and director of "Waltz Week in Vienna", "New Zealand Dance Adventure", "Dance-Cruise Adventures", & the "Mexico Dance Retreat"; and is one of this country's leading innovators and instructors in the areas of cross-step waltz, as well as "fusion" -style blues, waltz, swing, &  night club 2-step.
    When not dancing, Ari is a physician on faculty at Singularity University's prestigious "Exponential Medicine", and is a pioneer in the burgeoning field of "Experiential Wellness Medicine" which, among other things, uses dance movement, technique, & connection as a modality for diagnosing and treating patients, and as a greater rubric for motivating healthy behavior & finding balance and joy in life.   You can learn more about Ari at
     www.rolluptherug.comwww.waltzweekinvienna.com, or www.exponential.singularityu.org.

    Here are links to a few of Ari's YouTube dance videos that you may find interesting:


    ALYSSA MANNING (Seattle, WA):

    Alyssa will be partnering with Ari at this years Harrison Hot Springs retreat.  Alyssa’s passion for dance has developed through performing, learning, competing, and teaching partner and solo dance for over 20 years.  Her multifaceted experience includes extensive training and national awards in ballroom dance, additional work in hip hop, swing, jazz, and blues, as well as dabbling in many other styles.  She especially enjoys the creative expression that comes from combining these varied dance forms in fusion dancing. 

    When not on the dance floor, Alyssa is working towards discovering new cures for widespread neglected diseases at the Infectious Disease Research Institute of Seattle.

    EMILY WEBB (San Francisco, CA):

    Emily began her love affair with partner dancing in 1996.  Starting out as a Lindy Hopper, through the years she danced through Tango, Salsa, Blues, and finally Fusion dance.  Today, Tango remains her greatest dance love. She teaches tango and fusion across the U.S. and is the co-creator of both "Mission Fusion" and "Tango Atypico" in San Francisco.


    While Emily loves to geek out on technique she also believes learning should be experiential and fun!  Her classes create a positive environment to explore human relationship, movement and expression in dance partnership.  Get ready to play, get geeky, laugh, learn and delve deep into the world of partner dance!

       Click on the links below to see videos of:

    a) Emily Following:





    b) Emily Leading:


    The perfect setting for fun interactive learning, dining, dancing, and R&R!