Manhattan Amateur Classic


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For a comp with lots of couples in both syllabus and open, adult and seniors, plus a full junior day come to the MAC. It is one of the most reasonably priced comps around.

Dear Competitors, Spectators, Vendors and Volunteers,

You may have received a post-competition survey from the Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance after the Manhattan Amateur Classic 2015. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the survey. We are dedicated to continually improving the MAC and we appreciate all of your feedback.

With this goal in mind, we would like to address some of your major concerns and highlight the ways in which the MAC will continue to move forward in 2016 and beyond.

Many of you were concerned about the venue of the MAC 2015, the Empire Meadowlands hotel. We agree with you. We are happy to announce that the MAC 2016 will be held on January 15-17, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency at 2 Exchange Place in Jersey City. This beautiful venue is located just across the Hudson River. While we understand the desire to host the MAC in Manhattan or Brooklyn, we cannot afford any venues large enough to support an event the size of the MAC in New York City without greatly increasing competitor and spectator fees. We believe that, with the Hyatt's accessibility to New York City, it will prove to be a great host for the MAC next year and will allow us to keep our same affordable prices.

We understand the need for the competition to be easily accessible for everyone via public transportation, car, plane and train. We chose The Hyatt as it is located less than 100 feet from the first PATH train station from Manhattan and just a few stops on the PATH from Newark Airport.

We heard your concerns about the hotel rooms. We are happy to say that the Hyatt has received numerous wonderful reviews on TripAdvisor, Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak and other travel sites. We visited the hotel and saw their rooms, which are clean, spacious and all feature waterfront views.

We also saw that there was a need for more food options. There are many restaurants located within five blocks of the Hyatt for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a 24-hour diner. We will be providing a list of the local food options to competitors and spectators to help easily identify nearby options.

We received 118 responses to our survey: 88 responses from competitors, 30 responses from spectators, 11 responses from volunteers and 2 responses from vendors, some of which overlapped among one or more category. Fifty-two responses came from people from the New York City and Tri-state area and the rest were from people who had traveled to the MAC from throughout the rest of the country. Twenty-five people traveled by plane to get to the MAC 2015, 56 traveled by car and 12 took public transportation from the survey responses we received.

Of the competitors who responded, 53 danced in an open category and 23 danced in a syllabus level. Fifty competitors danced in an Adult category, 31 danced in one of the Senior categories, 17 were current members of a collegiate team at the time and 7 were competitive dancers under the age of 18. We also had 21 people respond who were family members of a competitive dancer under the age of 18.

We asked in the survey for people to rank how they felt about various aspects of the 2015 venue as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor. Most responses said the main ballroom, spectator seats, practice room, changing rooms and vendor space was good. Most responses said that the hotel rooms and food options were poor. Most responses said that the overall venue was poor.
We read your responses and we want to use them to help improve the MAC this year and going forward.

We are very excited to be at the Hyatt this coming year and we hope to see you for the MAC 2016! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to this exciting event!


Board of the Greater NY Chapter of USA Dance

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