Brookline Community Center for the Arts
BCCA September Events & Announcements )
  September 3, 2004 
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  • Fall Course Registration
  • Organizational Update
  • Regular Events at BCCA
  • This Weekend
  • Week of September 6th - 12th
  • Week of September 13th - 19th
  • Week of September 20th - 26th
  • Join the BCCA Street Team
  • Support the BCCA

  • Dear Friends of the Arts,

    The BCCA is gearing up for an action-packed Fall season, with tons of exciting schedule and organizational changes!

    This newsletter contains:
    *an invitation to our Fall Open House Week and a few notes about our Fall course registration,
    *a quick organizational update,
    *a calendar of our September events, and
    *an appeal for support: simple ways you can support the BCCA.

    Rest up this Labor Day weekend - then come in throughout Open House Week to kick off a new semester at the BCCA.

    Fall Course Registration

    Join us for Open House Week:
    Tuesday, September 7th - Monday, September 13th

    Open House Week is our time to debut an incredible line-up of new courses, in addition to dozens of returning favorites. During Open House Week, most classes will have free viewing and many will have free participation for first-timers - all to tempt you to explore new styles of art. Even if you have been coming to the BCCA for months, you are considered a "first-timer" to any class that is new to you. Check for notes about free demos and classes on our website. Click "See Today's Class Schedule" under Quick Links, and view details about any class by clicking on its class code (e.g. CD053).

    Course registration has already begun! Find the courses that are right for you, and reserve your spot today at great discounts. Our online schedule will be completely updated by Monday, which allows you to:
    "Search Our Classes" by program, instructor name, or course title on the homepage,
    Or "See today's class schedule" and search by date.
    The printed course catalog will be available by Tuesday afternoon. You may download the catalog by Sunday night by clicking the following link. (The link will not be active until Sunday)

    In the meantime, check out our Fall Course Schedules (Excel format):
    Fall Schedule By Category
    Fall Schedule By Day

    Note: The BCCA will not be running any classes on Labor Day, although you may drop by or contact us by phone between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. if you would like to pre-register for a class or get more information. If you cannot reach us, please leave a detailed message in the general voicemail mailbox and someone will get back to you by the next day.

    Organizational Update
    After a busy summer, filled with many positive changes, the BCCA is stepping it up a notch, and we have some great news that we'd like to quickly highlight:

    1. The BCCA is here to stay! We are in the final stages of the Building Purchase. The BCCA also has a revised budget and Artistic Program Plan, and if our proposed Fall programs are well attended, our organization will finally be able to stand on its own feet and make ends meet. Your registrations and frequent patronage can make this a significant turn-around semester for the BCCA.

    2. After a long and arduous 1+ year process, BCCA has finally received its full tax exemption from the IRS! The IRS has granted us tax exempt status since February 3, 2003, the date of our incorporation. This means that all donations and contributions received from that date on are fully tax deductible. Our official status is a non-profit, tax exempt [501(c)3] public charity [509(a)2]. This means that we can finally apply for the wide array of external assistance via foundations, grants, and endowments. In anticipation to this moment (a month ago) we hired Sarai Yaseen as our Grant Officer, and she has made substantial progress in the grant research and writing departments. Thanks to her efforts, we have recently began applications for grants to cover the costs of installing handicap accessibility into our basement level, and we are scheduled to complete these implementation by January 2005.

    3. The BCCA welcomed Jeff Robinson as Executive Director in late July. The three original founders remain on board, with Dan Y. Marshall as President and Artistic Director, Olaf Bleck as CFO & Facilities Director, and Vlad Selsky as Director of Development.  

    4. This past week we refinished our dance floors, optimizing them for our many styles of dance and movement practiced here, especially for our Ballet, Modern & Jazz dancers. They're beautiful and they're ready for action! In addition to the floors we have re-painted the basement hallways, installed wall-to-wall mirrors in Studio 6 (great for private lessons & practices), and performed general repairs and cleanup. We hope you enjoy our upgraded facility, and thank you for being an integral part of our progress.  

    5. Early this month, we will be hosting the first ever BCCA Community Meeting. The BCCA would like to hear from its neighbors and fellow Brookline citizens to answer: How can we better serve our community? This is your opportunity to meet our staff, hear about our goals, and contribute to the future plans of the BCCA.
    Date & Time: Sunday, September 12th 5:30-6:30 p.m. Refreshments served. See listing below for more details.
     

    6. September Entertainment License Hearing:
    The BCCA will appear before the Brookline Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, September 21st at 8:00 p.m. to ask for extended hours of operation and relaxed police detail requirements. We thank you for your support at the past hearing, and we look forward to having even more supporters in attendance at this September hearing. Letters of support may be directed to Dan Y. Marshall

    Regular Events at BCCA
    WEEKLY EVENTS

    Thursdays
    "Milonga La Portena"
    An elegant evening with live music by Mass Tango, starting with an introductory lesson for beginners at 8:30 with dancing to follow from 9:15 to midnight
    8:30 p.m. Lesson; 9:15-midnight Dance
    ($13 with lesson; $10 dance only)

    Fridays
    "Havana Club Salsa*"
    A cool, classy event where people meet with friends, dance, and improve skills
    8:00 p.m. Rueda Lesson & 9:00 p.m. Salsa Lesson; 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Dance
    ($10 lesson and/or dance)
    *Havana Club will host its regular Friday night BCCA event this month on September 3rd and 10th. After September 10th, Havana Club will be relocating. Call Jeff of Havana Club at 617-312-5550 for more details.

    Saturdays
    "Noche de la Salsa"
    A hot evening of dancing to SalsaBoston's great DJ music
    9:30 p.m. lesson; 10:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. open dance
    ($12 with lesson; $10 dance only)

    Sundays
    "Mr. Rogers' Tango Practica"
    A relaxed place to meet, share skills & ideas, and have fun
    3:00-6:00 p.m.
    ($5 - by donation)

    "Samba Sundays"
    Samba de Gafiera, "Brazilian Tango", Forro & other Brazilian dances
    7:00-8:30 p.m. Lesson; 8:30-11:00 p.m.
    ($10 with lesson; $8 dance only - by donation)

    This Weekend
    FRIDAY, September 3rd

    Havana Club Salsa - See Regular Events description above
    8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

    SATURDAY, September 4th

    FREE Belly Dance Workshop
    Shimmy, shake, and undulate! A free belly dance class for women of all levels and ages. Try this unique dance and discover your inner Goddess!
    2:00-3:30 p.m.
    For more information: www.GoddessDancing.com

    Noche de la Salsa - See Regular Events description above
    9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

    SUNDAY, September 5th

    Mr. Rogers' Tango Practica - See Regular Events description above
    3:00-6:00 p.m.

    Rock Concert: Anodyne, Ed Gein, As Long As We're Living, We're All Dying, and Black Tail
    7:00-10:00 p.m.

    Samba Sundays - See Regular Events description above
    7:00-11:00 p.m.

    Week of September 6th - 12th
    THURSDAY, September 9th

    Milonga La Portena - See Regular Events description above
    8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    FRIDAY, September 10th

    Havana Club Salsa - See Regular Events description above
    8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

    SATURDAY, September 11th

    Flamenco Workshops with Soledad Barrios
    1:00-4:00 p.m.

    Blue Milonga by Hsueh-tze Lee - 2nd Saturday night of every month
    8:00-9:00 p.m. Lesson; 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Dance
    $15 Lesson & Dance; $10 Dance
    See full listing below for Saturday, September 11th,
    and learn more at www.BlueTango.com

    Noche de la Salsa - See Regular Events description above
    9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

    SUNDAY, September 12th

    Flamenco Workshops with Soledad Barrios
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Bollywood Workshop
    Experience Bollywood, the largest film industry in the world! This workshop will explore this new genre of Indian dance and music that draws from various world styles, including hip-hop, Indian folk, and Indian classical forms. Learn upbeat dance moves and fun choreography set to the highly popular "Rang Deeni" from the 2004 movie Dev.
    *No prior dance experience necessary, and both men and women are welcome.
    Saturdays, September 12, 19, & 26
    1:00-3:00 p.m.
    $90 Pre-registration for all 3; $35 Drop-In each
    More info:

    Mr. Rogers' Tango Practica - See Regular Events description above
    3:00-6:00 p.m.

    BCCA Community Meeting 5:30-6:00 p.m. ???

    Classics Open Mic & Sing Along: Broadway and You! - Every other Sunday night
    An evening of your favorite classics and showtunes with host Paul Jordan. Bring a song to share, sing along, or sit back and enjoy.
    7:00-9:30 p.m.
    $5

    Samba Sundays - See Regular Events description above
    7:00-11:00 p.m.

    Week of September 13th - 19th

    WEDNESDAY, September 15th

    Open Mic for Musicians & Poets
    With featured theme:
    "Non-English Night" No sign-up necessary. Piano and amp available.
    9:00-11:00 p.m.
    $5

    THURSDAY, September 16th

    Milonga La Portena - See Regular Events description above
    8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    FRIDAY, September 17th

    Flamenco Workshops with Soledad Barrios
    6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    SATURDAY, September 18th

    Flamenco Workshops with Soledad Barrios
    1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Blue Milonga
    Hsueh-tze Lee presents the BCCA Blue Milonga, a uniquely romantic and mesmerizing evening of dance. There will be a one-hour lesson, followed by a night of dancing until 1:00 a.m.
    8:00-9:00 p.m. (lesson); 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. (dance)
    $15 (lesson & dance); $10 (dance only); 20% off for students
    Blue Tango's website...
    Image: http://bccaonline.com/images/bluemilonga1_tm.gif

    Noche de la Salsa - See Regular Events description above
    9:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

    SUNDAY, September 19th

    Flamenco Workshops with Soledad Barrios
    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Bollywood Workshop
    See description above on September 12th.
    Saturdays, September 12, 19, & 26
    1:00-3:00 p.m.
    $35 Drop-In
    More info: http://www.geocities.com/akeshaviah/events

    Mr. Rogers' Tango Practica - See Regular Events description above
    3:00-6:00 p.m.

    Johara's Drum Solo Workshop
    4:30-6:00 p.m.
    $25 Advance; $30 Door
    More info & to register: Call Johara at 617-780-8890.

    1st Annual Boston Belly Dance Awards
    The BCCA is proud to host the 1st Annual Boston Belly Dance Awards! The contest features a New Performer Category for dancers with 6 months to 2 and a half years of professional experience, as well as a Promising Amateur Category for students. Great prizes will be awarded and all contestants will receive certificates to Baladi & Awtar nightclubs.
    6:00-9:00 p.m.
    $40 to enter (Space is limited to 12 contestants per category); $10 to watch
    More info & to enter: Call Johara at 617-730-3733 or email her at johara@joharasnakedance.com.

    Samba Sundays - See Regular Events description above
    7:00-11:00 p.m.

    Week of September 20th - 26th
    THURSDAY, September 23rd

    Milonga La Portena - See Regular Events description above
    8:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    SATURDAY, September 25th

    JuliaOnTap's Tap Jam
    Join Julia Boynton and the Zachary Kreus Trio for an evening of live music and dancing - The last Tap Jam of the until September! The event starts with classes for advanced beginner or intermediate levels, followed by a beginner/intermediate jam. They'll wrap it up with a showcase of some of the best tap dancers in Boston. A must see!
    Time: 6:00-7:00 Classes (adv. beginner & intermediate)
    7:00-8:00 Beginner/Intermediate Jam
    8:00-10:00 p.m. Advanced Jam & Tap Showcase
    Admission: $12/jam only; $15/jam & class
    Julia Boynton's Tap Page...

    SUNDAY, September 26th

    Bollywood Workshop
    See description above on September 12th.
    Saturdays, September 12, 19, & 26
    1:00-3:00 p.m.
    $35 Drop-In
    More info: http://www.geocities.com/akeshaviah/events

    Mr. Rogers' Tango Practica - See Regular Events description above
    3:00-6:00 p.m.

    Samba Sundays - See Regular Events description above
    7:00-11:00 p.m.

    Join the BCCA Street Team
    We know you're busy... but everyone has time to join the BCCA Street Team. One of the most important tasks for the BCCA each semester is to get the word out about our great classes. There are many Brookline residents who still have no idea we exist! Therefore, we've designed a team to fix this problem, and we need your help.

    Joining the Team is easy.
    1. Sign-up at the front desk at the BCCA or email Emily@bccaonline.com, Subject: Street Team
    2. We'll call or e-mail you sometime this month for a one-time volunteer opportunity. Projects can be as simple as distributing catalogs in Brookline for a couple of hours or taking a stack of catalogs to put in your apartment building or office lobby. We'll provide the maps and a list of locations where you can leave BCCA information, or you can suggest a location that we might not have thought of.
    3. Earn a coupon to attend a FREE BCCA class or event in exchange for all of your hard work. No commitment after that. We'll take your name off the list if you'd like.

    Support the BCCA
    Thank you all for your continued support of the BCCA. Our students and patrons have helped us considerably in past months by donating to the BCCA Building Fund and by providing much needed equipment such as filing cabinets, computer equipment and more.

    The BCCA still has many projects that need your support. In addition to joining our Street Team, become a regular volunteer and dedicate some of your free time to a great cause. Contact Emily to learn more about how you can help in these capacities and more!

    Lastly, you can always support the BCCA by using the Forward Email option at the bottom of this page to tell your friends and family about our classes, workshops, and events. We always love to see new faces!

    Thanks and best wishes for fall from the BCCA

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