Harrison Hot Spring Dance Spa Retreat 2019

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 Join us for our fifth annual

Dance & Spa Retreat


at Harrison Hot Springs Resort in beautiful 

British Columbia, Canada

Fri-Sun, June 21-23, 2019

Three fun-filled days of workshops, live music, dancing, dining, hot springs, and R&R with Ari Levitt, Alyssa Manning, Sharon Sebo, Phil Leger & company!


Single Leads are needed to help take follows off of the waiting list!

Due to an initial lead/follow imbalance in registration, we will need to put all further single follows on a waiting list for the retreat (please complete the registration page none-the-less.  When a space opens up, we will be happy to honor the price that corresponds with the date you registered).   All single leads and lead/follow couples will still be admitted right away.  Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

If you are on the waiting list, please go ahead and make your reservations for a room at the resort (Those group prices will only be available to us through mid-May).  You can always cancel your reservation with a full refund up to three days before the event. 

Come on, leads!  We have follows waiting for you to get them in!


  • Three wonderful days of interactive dance workshops, wellness, and R&R with Ari Levitt, Alyssa Manning, Sharon Sebo, Phil Leger, and company, including 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:
    • Friday 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.
    • Saturday 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

  • Three delicious meals, including a full buffet brunch & formal dinner on Saturday; a full buffet breakfast on Sunday, and lots of great options for lunches and snacks in between...

  • 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 $41.00pp/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 the "Hotel Reservation" 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)


   FRIDAY  (June 21st, 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!)
  SATURDAY  (June 22nd, full day)
  • Early morning walks, watsu, yoga, stretching, spa, hot springs soak (Schedule TBA on Friday)
  • 8:00-9:45am:  [BREAKFAST in the LAKESIDE CAFE]
  • 10:00-12:00pm: Morning Dance Workshops 
  • 12:00-1:30pm: [LUNCH BREAK]
  • 2:00-4:00pm:  Afternoon Dance Workshops 
  • 4:00-6:00pm: Free time (spa, walks, talks, practices, hot springs chats)
  • 6:00-11:00pm:  Copper Room Group Dinner & Dance Party, Live Big Band (business casual attire)
  • 9:00-11:45pm:  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!) 
      SUNDAY, June 23rd (morning and afternoon, ends at 4:30pm)
    • Early morning walks, watsu, yoga, stretching, spa, hot springs soak (Schedule TBA on Sunday)
    • 8:00-9:45am:  [BREAKFAST in the LAKESIDE CAFE]
    • 9:30-10:00:  Room Checkout (luggage storage available)
    • 10:00-12:00pm: Morning Dance Workshops
    • 12:00-1:30pm: [LUNCH BREAK]
    • 1:30-3:30pm:  Afternoon Dance Workshops, 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 frame, flow, 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 several 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 truly change the way you think about and appreciate partner dancing for long time to come!


    • 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.
    • 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".  

    PLEASE NOTE:  Group discounts cannot be made by booking online; you will need to call the resort and speak to someone in person.  


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

    A) Full Workshop, Dine & Dance Package


    • Early Bird (May 6-31)                            $295  [SAVE $35!] 
    • Regular Bird (June 1-20)                       $325 


    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. COST here is in US dollars:                           

    • Early Bird (May 6-31)                           $270  [SAVE $60!] 
    • Regular Bird (June 1-20)                      $285  [SAVE $45!] 

      ** Remember to use "Canadian Citizen" option on the Payment Page. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Our group discount for the hotel rooms is only good through May 21st.  After then it's on a space available basis at the regular seasonal rates. So call the resort early and book your room!  

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


    B)  Hotel Room Rates (in Canadian Dollars)   

    To qualify for our specially discounted group rates, you must call and book your room directly through the hotel "Group Reservations" desk and say you are with "Roll Up The Rug".  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 = $1.33 Canadian; $1 Canadian = $0.76 US)


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

    • Main Hotel    C$149.00 (plus tax)   (about $113 US, or $56/pp, plus tax)
    • West Wing     C$174.00 (plus tax)   (about $134 US, or $67/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower   C$184.00 (plus tax)   (about $140 US, or $70/pp, plus tax)
    • East Tower    C$204.00 (plus tax)    (about $155 US, or $77/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$155.00 (plus tax)   (about $117 US, or, $59/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Jr Suite   C$155.00 (plus tax)   (about $117 US, or, $59/pp, plus tax)

    TRIPLE ROOMS per night (3 beds)

    • Main Hotel      C$169.00 (plus tax)   (about $128 US, or $43/pp, plus tax)
    • West Wing      C$194.00 (plus tax)   (about $147 US, or $49/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower    C$204.00 (plus tax)   (about $155 US, or $52/pp plus tax)
    • East Tower     C$224.00 (plus tax)   (about $170 US, or, $57/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$175.00 (plus tax)   (about $133 US, or, $44/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Jr Suite   C$175.00 (plus tax)   (about $133 US, or, $44/pp, plus tax)

    QUAD ROOMS per night (4 beds)

    • Main Hotel                      N/A
    • West Wing      C$214.00 (plus tax)   (about $163 US, or $41/pp, plus tax)
    • West Tower    C$224.00 (plus tax)   (about $170 US, or $43/pp, plus tax)
    • East Tower     C$244.00 (plus tax)   (about $185 US, or $46/pp, plus tax)
    • Main Family Rm   C$195.00 (plus tax)   (about $148 US, or, $37/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:

    • 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
    • Onlineat http://www.harrisonresort.com (You can always book directly online, but you will not get the group discount rate.  For the group discount rate, you must call )

    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 Sunday, May 21st. Reservations received after May 21st 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 is as follows:
      1. Full refund minus $50 if cancelled by May 20th (1 month prior to the retreat);
      2. Full refund minus $100 from May 21st to June 7th (14 days before the retreat);
      3. After June 7th, all purchases will be final and non-refundable.
      4. PLEASE NOTE:  If you find you are unable to attend the event, your ticket is fully transferable, i.e.: you may give or sell it to another person on your own. If you do give it to another person, please notify us of the switch by emailing arilevitt@hotmail.com, cc-ing all of the people involved, and giving consent for the switch to occur.  Please have the person you are transferring the ticket to register separately online and let us know that this is a transferred ticket (not purchased).  

    Donate to our Scholarship Fund:

    If you would be willing to donate $25, $50, or more to our event scholarship fund, the money will be used to help subsidize students who might not otherwise be able to afford this event.  You can make your donation on our Payments page by simply picking the ticket for how much you would be willing to donate, or you can pay b cash or check.  If you would like pay online and it's more than $50, please let Ari know, and he can set this up for you.  Your support is very much appreciated and will go a long way to not only helping students to attend events like this, but also in building, supporting, and maintaining our wonderful dance community!


    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 2018 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. 

     Saturday & Sunday, 7:45-10:00 AM in the Lakeside Cafe

      Assorted Fruit Juices

      Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Berries Bar

      Fresh Baked Croissants, Muffins & Danish Pastries

      Sliced Bread for Toasting, Sweet Butter, Preserves & Honey 

      Assorted Breakfast Cereals, Granola, etc

      Warm Oatmeal with Brown Sugar


       Omelet Bar

       Waffle & Pancake Bar

      Scrambled Eggs with Red Pepper & Scallions

      Crispy Bacon, Fraser Valley Maple Breakfast Sausage, Ham, etc

      Home Fried Hash Brown Potatoes

      Gourmet Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea


     Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 AM

     Saturday Night Dinner & Dance

    **NOTE:  These are examples from last year's event  The 2019 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 2018 camp)

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

     --  Sorbet  -- 

     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.

    ** STAFF UPDATE **

    We’re very pleased to announce that Sharon Sebo of Kelowna, B.C., a specialist in Tango & Partnered Social Dance, will be joining us with her partner, Phil Leger, to teach sessions on dance partnering, movement, and connection.  She is a fabulous dancer and teacher and we are very pleased to have her. 


     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", "Heart Sound Fusion", "Waltz Fest NW", "Dance-Cruise Adventures", "Hawaii Dance Adventure",  & 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


    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.

    SHARON SEBO (Kelowna, B.C.):

    Sharon is based in the Okanagan, B.C., and has been bringing her unique blend of technique and enthusiasm to the Kelowna dance world since 1998.  Her breadth of experience is extensive, & while she has been dubbed the “Mother of Argentine Tango” in Kelowna, Sharon is also spear-heading the Lindy movement there, and anchors (pun intended) Kelowna’s West Coast Swing community.  For the last 10 years, teaching dance has been Sharon’s primary occupation (if you don’t count parenting!). Sharon offers classes in not only Tango and Swing, but also Country, Salsa, and Ballroom and Latin.  She is a member of both Kelowna’s Ballroom society, and the Canadian Dancesport Federation. Sharon also loves Fusion and Blues, and is looking that direction for her next adventure in her Okanagan home (so many dances, so little time!)

    Sharon joyfully teaches group and private lessons, does workshops and demonstrations, and hosts social dances and weekend workshops,(including the one of a kind, all-genres, Okanagan Dancefest)

    You can learn more about Sharon at: www.sharonsebodance.com

    PHIL LEGER (Kelowna, B.C.):

    Phil will bring his talents to the dance floor as Sharon's teaching partner for the weekend, and is excited to be attending the Dance & Spa Retreat with you for the first time!

              With a basic grounding in a large number of dance styles, Phil‘s dancing is always innovative. Not only is he a creative dancer, but he also brings a professional DJ’s appreciation of music to his dancing (Phil is the DJ and host for many of Sharon dances and workshops).  Although he’s done a bit of ballroom in his day, Phil’s current focus is largely Westcoast Swing, Argentine Tango, and Hustle.  He is a consummate entertainer and all-genres social dancer, so be sure to grab a dance when you see him!

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