BCCA Community Newsletter
Brookline Community Center for the Arts
 BCCA Newsletter . Volume 1, No. 1 
Winter Session 2004 
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Dear Community Friends,

The BCCA is off to a great start in 2004! We have some exciting updates for you in this newsletter.

We hope you like the new look and feel of our newsletter. It is part of our New Year's resolutions to have you feel more a part of the BCCA "family". We have so many great things going on at the BCCA, and please count on this newsletter to keep you informed of all our excellent classes, events, workshops, and other news.

In This Issue
  • BCCA Participates in Dance Across the City Day!
  • Winter Session Off to a Great Start!
  • BCCA Spotlight: Great new classes and programs for kids
  • Regular, Special, and Upcoming Events
  • Miscellaneous

  • Winter Session Off to a Great Start!
    Our first week of 2004 has been very exciting and action packed. The BCCA had a very successful Open House week with great participation and many new faces. Our Winter Session looks stronger than ever and we look forward to your attendance.

    Pre-registration has begun. Stop by, try a class, and register to guarantee your spot.

    The online schedule is now complete. Printed copies are also available at the Center.

    We are offering some sensational new classes for kids and adults this session. Yoga, movement, theater, and music classes for kids. Charcoal drawing. Japanese drumming. Empowering your energy and immune system. Whatever your heart desires!

    More on our new classes »

    BCCA Spotlight: Great new classes and programs for kids
    Every newsletter, we'll shine a spotlight on our wonderful classes, events, programs, or faculty.

    Lights Up! : Theater Class for Kids
    Come act, sing, dance and shine on stage! Each week we will explore different selections of theater from various shows, ranging from musical comedy to one-act dramas. Through these scripted texts as well as improvisation and theater games we will look at elements of stage blocking, acting technique, character development, singing technique, choreography and have a blast in the process! At the end of the term the class will perform in a showcase for family and friends.

    Alphabet Fitness
    Exercising fun, fitness, and creative soles through the ABCs and the 123s! All Alphabet Fitness programs use the alphabet as a fitness tool, enabling the ABCs to simultaneously educate literacy and fitness. Children learn initial alphabet, reading, writing and math skills more readily when they can identify their own body with each of the 26 letter shapes. Since all children share the same core set of muscles, this program offers a more inclusive learning format for literacy that lets children exercise greater flexibility, range of motion, coordination, endurance, compassion and cooperation directly into their ABCs.

    Keys for Kids
    A comprehensive group music program, designed to help children discover the world of music through motivating materials and activities. The program develops well-rounded musicians who understand music and enjoys performing it. Every student has a very positive experience while gaining a wide range of musical skills and knowledge.

    Brookline Jams Music Camp
    A jam-filled musical adventure where you can jam with your friends, rap with a live hip hop band, learn about the history of Rock and Roll, and record your own CD! The perfect program for all up and coming rock stars and American Idol winners.

    Regular, Special, and Upcoming Events
    On January 9th, we had another breakdancing competition. In the past, breakers have travelled from as far as Connecticut to participate or watch. The competition was fierce, and those that were fortunate to attend witnessed some very innovative moves. You've all heard of head stands, arm stands...but an elbow stand??!! It was an amazing sight to see.

    The BCCA is your hotspot for the best salsa dance party in town. In addition to our Saturday night salsa party, due to popular demand, our Friday night now features a new salsa dance party. Havana Club Salsa, with host Jeff Robinson, has had incredible attendance in its first two weeks and is quickly growing in popularity.

    Thanks to Johnny Lloyd & Becky Walters for teaching incredible Lindy Hop workshops January 10-11th. The eight workshops, from beginner to advanced, were a wonderful treat. The workshops were organized by Marilee Annereau, one of BCCA's swing dance instructors. She teaches Savoy Swing (aka Lindy Hop) on Tuesdays. And Liz Nania teaches East Coast Swing (aka Jitterbug) on Wednesdays while Pam Levy teaches West Coast Swing on Sundays.

    This Thursday January 16 is Classics Open Mike & Singalong for senior citizens and friends of all ages. Join singer Paul Jordan for favorites from the 30's, 40's, 50's & 60's, featuring acclaimed pianists Richard De Mone & Mike De Napoli with Leon Alperin on Drums. Songs will be led by local singer personalities and everyone is encouraged to participate. One to two songs per person - Sign up at 9 p.m. - $5 cover charge - Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

    Reminder: All of our events are all ages and alcohol free. Dance parties end at 1:30 am.

    See something familiar at The Brookline Bank on 1340 Beacon Street? The BCCA has a wonderful, eye catching window display for the month of January. Thank you Brookline Bank! We are also working with a Brookline Access TV intern to create a couple production pieces. Stay tuned.

    We are in the process of forming an artistic advisory committee; it includes several of our veteran faculty members. This committee will help ensure that the BCCA is fulfilling its artistic vision and providing excellent programs and services to our community.

    You may see a new face around the BCCA in the months to come. Please welcome Jonathan Aguiar who will be doing a co-op from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Jonathan will be working with Ekaterina, our IT Administrator, on database development.

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    BCCA Participates in Dance Across the City Day!
    On January 10, 2004, the BCCA took part in Dance Across the City, an educational collaboration between FleetBoston Celebrity Series and The Wang Center for the Performing Arts. Dance Across the City aspires to showcase dance in the Boston community as a vital and enriching experience through a series of creative and interactive events that are free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.danceacrossthecity.com

    BCCA had an information table, and BCCA faculty were part of a select company of professional instructors who taught free classes. Erica Sigal, Adrienne Hawkins, Pam Raff, and Dan Marshall all taught classes to rooms packed with students.

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