CCCA Exciting Fall Session Workshops & Classes + News & Updates + Arts Advocacy!

Dear Friends:

We hope you had a great summer, and are off to a safe, strong, healthy, and bright start to the fall!!!

August was a wonderful month at the CCCA:
Rosalita's Puppets' Magical Puppet Encounters were a big hit with kids and families! We'll be scheduling more dates very soon, including a puppet making and puppeteering workshop.
Margaux Skalecki & Ukumbwa Sauti's workshops were well attended and appreciated, and we've scheduled additional sessions for September and November (read newsletter Section 1 for details)!
CCCA hosted (onsite) a private family line dance lesson by Raul Nieves, and today, as we speak, we are hosting an innovative music video shoot, featuring local artists, harp music, puppeteering, and poetry!
We welcome you to bring forth your ideas for classes, workshops, socially distant gatherings, rehearsals, photo and video shoots, livestream broadcasts, and private lessons, and we'll help you produce them online or onsite, while adhering to safety guidelines, which we've found have resulted in creativity and innovation.

Important Website Updates:
In preparation for the our Fall 2020 session, we are very happy to announce that we've completed upgrading both of our websites to https, so every page and transaction is now fully secure, in addition to our prior-existing layers of encryption. We have also greatly improved the class, event, and workshop info and registration pages layout, styles, and flow, and made important updates to further clarify and simplify our registration system, as we continue to work towards our major platform update! For further security and student experience, completed registrations will receive an order confirmation E-Mail and a second E-Mail that will include detailed directions on how to attend and the private password-protected Zoom info for the offering you choose -- This means that no one outside those who register and the instructors/producers, will have access to the Zoom info, and you'll be able to better understand the logistics and flow of each class, workshop, and event, to further ensure a good experience for all participants!

Fall 2020 Session Begins:
We invite you to join us on September 13th for the start of our Fall session, which will offer programs for all ages and abilities in a diverse array of arts and culture! Read newsletter Section 1 for special workshop and class highlights, scroll to Section 3 for a complete listing, and stay tuned via our home page, online schedule, and Instagram, for many more great offerings!!

Important Advocacy Call to Action:
Thank you again to everyone who attended BioMed Realty's February 27th arts center plans unveiling — read more about their proposal in these two articles: Feb. 18th & Feb. 27th!
Now that the City's Planning Board has re-commenced reviewing building proposals, BioMed is scheduled for a September 15th online meeting, where you'll have the opportunity to voice your support, ask questions, and make comments. BioMed has been sponsoring us year-long, rent- and utilities-free, with their wonderful facility at Canal District Kendall to house our arts and community programming, and their building proposal features a fully funded and permanent arts center, among many other community features. We hope some of you are able to attend on September 15th, to help ensure the creation of this important cultural institution! (Read newsletter Section 2 for more details.)

In this Newsletter:
Section 1: View highlights from our exciting Fall 2020 lineup of workshops and classes!!
Section 2: Show your support by attending Cambridge's September 15th Planning Board Meeting to review BioMed's 585 Third Street building proposal!
Section 3: Browse our complete list of Fall 2020 online/virtual classes & workshops.
Section 1: Fall 2020 Online Workshop & Class Highlights!
August brings two super-fun interactive Magic Puppet Encounters for kids & parents, a healing, harmony, and understanding workshop, and the 3rd monthly Dance-Tantric-Shamanic Rhythm Ride workshop/gathering! Read on for more details and links to the info and registration pages, and stay tuned for future announcements about a special boxing basics workshop, and a family interactive circus experience!
Float Like a Butterfly,
Sting Like a Bee:
Intro to Boxing Workshop
An Special Online Workshop
By Jessica Liggero
Sunday, Sept. 13, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
$10 Early Bird Until Midnight Sept. 8
Learn how to move and punch like a boxer in this 45 minute online intro to boxing technique workshop. This workshop will go over proper boxing stance, basic boxing footwork, how to jab, throw straight punches and crooked punches. Then we cool down with a little core work. Have fun learning proper boxing technique from a former competitive boxer.
Latin & Ballroom Footwork & Body Movement
by Dan Marshall
A New Online Class Beginning Sept. 13
Sundays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Take advantage of this social distancing period to advance your Latin & Ballroom footwork & body movement — solo dancing only, no partner needed. Each class will feature technique & choreography of 2 styles of dance, including Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo-Salsa, Samba, Bolero, Argentine Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing/Lindy, and Disco/Funk. A fun & informal experience, where style, elegance, and passion, will take over the dance floor, & fill your body with energy and confidence!
Belly Dance
By Johara
A New Online Class Beginning Sept. 14
Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Experience this earthy and sensual dance, and get a light cardio workout and all-over body toning. Learn or sharpen traditional Belly Dance movements from fiery hip-locks and shimmies, to slow serpentine undulations. Discover Egyptian, Cabaret, and Turkish style movements and fun combinations. Develop poise, and gain a more graceful and fluid body. Each class, will build on the next, working on technique, choreography, & improvisation.
Vinyasa Bliss - Yoga
by Amber Jamanka
A New Online Class Beginning Sept. 14
Mondays & Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Fridays, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Vinyasa is a style of yoga that links movement and breath. In this one hour flow, Amber will gently guide you through the postures, building strength, flexibility, and balance. This class is open to adults and teens of all levels, and you should feel free to modify according to your own abilities. Mute your microphone, and put your favorite music on!
Mindfulness of Body & Breath - Meditation
by Amber Jamanka
A New Online Class Beginning Sept. 14
Mondays & Thursdays, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Fridays, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Mindfulness simply means paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, in a non-judgmental way. This 25 minute guided meditation will focus on bringing awareness to the body in the present moment. Over time, this practice has been clinically proven to reduce stress, and increase happiness.
TRINITY: The Dance-Tantric-Shamanic Rhythm Ride
A Monthly Virtual Workshop/Gathering Facilitated by Margaux Skalecki
Saturday, Sept. 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
TRINITY: The Dance-Tantric-Shamanic Rhythm Ride, embodies the ancient practices which have guided humans for centuries into the medicine of deeper knowledge of inspiration, healing, transformation, and crucial information from the unseen worlds.
Creating Pathways to Understanding & Harmony for Men & Women
A Special Online Workshop Facilitated
by Ukumbwa Sauti & Margaux Skalecki
Saturday, Nov. 21, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
This healing workshop presents a safe, brave space to address issues of sex/gender diversity, and promote awareness of how we are affected by the interconnectedness of various forms of oppression, racism, misogyny, heterosexism, etc.
Section 2: Sept. 15th Cambridge Planning Board Meeting!
A message from Vice President of Development, Sal Zinno:
I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy as we all work to overcome the COVID-19 crisis. Although I and others on the BioMed Realty team have been unable to organize in-person meetings, we have worked hard to stay connected and keep the community up to speed on the status of 585 Third Street as we wait for the city to resume its zoning process. I’m excited to share with you today a major announcement on that front.

The Cambridge Planning Board has restarted its meeting schedule, and our zoning petition for 585 Third Street — a necessary step to make this project a reality — is scheduled to be discussed at its next meeting on September 15 at 6:30 PM. We are excited to finally present our vision for this project to city officials and begin the formal permitting and rezoning process, and we hope you are as well. The meeting will be held by video conference, and we encourage you to virtually attend via this link and express your support during the public comment period. Your advocacy- whether it’s via a letter, email, or speaking at this upcoming hearing- will make a difference in determining if we can relocate the gas transfer station and bring this arts and culture center to Kendall. I appreciate everything you have and will continue to do to show your support.

Thank you again,

Sal Zinno
We wish you many continued and increased blessings and happiness, and look forward to seeing you this Fall session!

Best Regards & Wishes,

Dan Yonah Marshall
President & Executive Artistic Director
Brookline/Cambridge Community Center for the Arts, Inc. (BCCA / CCCA)
Direct: (617) 642-1444
Section 3: Online/Virtual Fall Classes & Workshops Lineup
Our Fall session of online virtual classes & workshops (designated in the online schedule as "[Online]" in the title) begins September 13th, both via live conference, and subsequently archived in each class page. We have many wonderful classes for remote attendance, and our previously archived classes are available for viewing, for your enjoyment and health, and for continued artist employment!
with Dan Marshall
Sundays, 7:00 p.m.
First class on 9/13
2 x 5-Class Sessions
1 x 4-Class Session
Pre-Register for $9/Class
Drop-In at $14/Class
with Jessica Liggero
Sunday, 9/13, 11:00 a.m.
$15 General Admission
$10 Early Bird Ends Midnight on 9/8
with Amber Jamanca
Mondays & Thursdays, 12:00pm
Fridays, 4:30 p.m.
First class on 9/14
7 x 6-Class Sessions
Pre-Register for $8/Class
Drop-In at $10/Class
with Amber Jamanca
Mondays & Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.
Fridays, 5:30 p.m.
First class on 9/14
7 x 6-Class Sessions
Pre-Register for $4/Class
Drop-In at $5/Class
with Johara
Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
First class on 9/14
3 x 5-Class Sessions
Pre-Register for $9/Class
Drop-In at $14/Class
Shadow Boxing
with Jessica Liggero
Jessica will resume teaching her weekly Shadow Boxing classes in October. In the meantime, we invite you to attend her special Intro to Boxing Workshop on 9/13, and stay tuned for updates via her Instagram page!!
with Seyyide Sultan
Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m.
First class on 9/8
with Seyyide Sultan
Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.
First class on 9/8
with Margaux Skalecki
Saturday, 9/26, 11:00 a.m.
Sliding Scale $10, $15, or $20
with Ukumbwa Sauti
& Margaux Skalecki
Saturday, 11/21, 11:00 a.m.
Sliding Scale $10, $15, or $20
with Fen Tung
Enjoy the 6 archived classes online until the next session of this class begins!
Floor Lords
Breakin' Class
with Alex (B-Boy El Nino) Diaz
Alex is on temporary hiatus from teaching group classes, but stay tuned, and in the meantime consider booking him for a private lesson (click for info).
For Info & Media Inquiries, Contact Dan Marshall, Executive Artistic Director
at (617) 642-1444