Q: I am a nonprofessional dancer who would like to take a two-week respite in New York from my desk job to be in residence at a modern dance school. Do any of the well-known dance companies offer a short-term program?
A: Many well-known companies tailor programs to nonprofessionals on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, 211 West 61st Street, New York, N.Y. 10023, (212) 767-0940, offers open enrollment throughout the year and a number of summer programs.
Under open enrollment, students 15 or older, from adult beginners to professionals, can take classes six days a week in all levels of ballet, jazz, modern, African, tap and Dunham (Afro-Caribbean) technique. The school also offers body conditioning from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and adult ballet Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., classes are held in Dunham, jazz and African dance. The summer session, which runs to Aug. 19, costs $9 for a single class. A 10-class coupon book is $80 plus $15 registration. Call (212) 767-0940 for more information.
This year the center is offering its first summer program for teen-agers. The program, which runs to Aug. 19, provides one daily ballet class as well as modern jazz dance classes for younger, less advanced students. The center also holds an annual intensive program in the summer for students ages 15 to 25. The program, which also runs to Aug. 19, offers ballet, modern, jazz, Dunham or pointe, plus workshops in East Indian and African dance.
The Joffrey Ballet School, 434 Avenue of the Americas, near 10th Street, New York, N.Y. 10011, (212) 254-8520, specializes in ballet, of course, but also offers at least one jazz class a day and a Spanish dancing class twice a week. Its summer schedule runs to Aug. 12 and provides classes of 60 or 90 minutes from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. A single class is $10, with a 10-class card costing $95. Monthly rates run from $115 for three classes a week to
$640 for 17 classes a week.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company, 552 Broadway, Second Floor, near Prince Street, New York, N.Y. 10012, (212) 966-6959, is JTC open to experienced students only. Most have an extensive background in ballet, and others are experienced in Martha Graham or Jose Limon technique, the school says. Until Oct. 11, the school is running two-week repertory workshops. Classes are held Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Each workshop costs $100 plus a $15 registration fee. When the workshops are completed, individual classes are available for $10 a class.
Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, 316 E. 63rd St., New York, N.Y. 10021, (212) 838-5886, offers year-round classes for adults at $10 a class. Sessions are held Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Q: Can you help me with information about the availability of trains between Rome and Pompeii?
A: Express train No. 973 leaves Rome Termini station at 9:15 a.m. and arrives in Pompeii at 11:58 a.m. Express train No. 972 leaves Pompeii at 5:01 p.m., arriving in Rome at 7:45 p.m.
Or, you could take one of the many daily trains from Rome to Naples and change there for one of the many local trains that go to Pompeii.