CCCA Spring Session 2 Begins - Classes, Workshops, & Events Update!

Dear Friends:

We hope your Spring season has been full of energy and revitalization, and wanted to send you this brief update on the upcoming classes, workshops, and events, beginning this evening, Tuesday, May 4th!

Cultural programming at the CCCA has been bustling with rehearsals, online/onsite classes and workshops, photo shoots, meetings, events, and film/broadcast projects — Here's a quick highlight:

  • Continuing our bi-weekly "Live from the CCCA" variety show, broadcast live on Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), and featuring local artists, culture, and interesting community topics, we featured the wonderful Jessica Liggero on April 13th for an interview on establishing a routine of creativity and movement for achieving balance (archived video available for viewing on our event page), and on April 27th interviewed Latin music maestro Vicente Lebron and Jazz and Rock musician Russ Gershon (video to be archived and posted later this week) — See details on our upcoming May 11th show in Section 1 below, and on our event page.
  • Resident CCCA partner, Eureka Ensemble, rehearsed and produced a powerful and truly poignant to global health concert, "Rising Tides", which was broadcast online on April 30th, very well received, and archived here.
  • Latin and Jazz musician/composer/singer/bandleader Manolo Mairena rehearsed at the CCCA on April 28th with his acclaimed quintet, in the very first socially distant music CCCA-hosted rehearsal that involved live singing, horns, keyboard, percussion, and other instruments, and it was a very momentous and gathering for them and us, as the pandemic had kept them and most other musicians at large, from rehearsing and performing in person. On May 15th, Manolo will be rehearsing and recording a virtual concert at the CCCA with a sextet of local musicians, and looks forward to the near future when he can once more present his music to a live audience of viewers and dancers!!
Read on for an update on our Spring 2021 livestream events and interactive workshops and classes, and about our non-profit's education web software upgrade — There's something for everyone at the CCCA!!

In this Newsletter:
Section 1: View our upcoming livestreamed events!
Section 2: View our online interactive workshops.
Section 3: View our Spring 2021 Session 2 diverse lineup of classes.
Section 4: Learn about our non-profit's major education web software upgrade!
Section 1: Bi-Weekly Livestreamed Events
We invite you to view our "Live from the CCCA" variety show upcoming and past Cambridge Community Television (CCTV) livestreams!
For an interactive listing of events and shows, visit our Programs page (where the "Event" & "Performance/Show" checkboxes have been selected under the "Content / Offering Types" filter).
"Live from the CCCA" CCTV Livestream Broadcasts
A Bi-Weekly Show for All Ages
Next Show on
Tuesday, May 11, 4:30 - 5:27 p.m.
Join the CCCA faculty and visiting artists, educators, and community members, every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, for quality arts entertainment, discussions, and lessons for all ages and abilities, featuring dance, music, martial arts, theater, health, fitness, wellness, visual arts, technology, science, & more, livecast by CCTV to the comfort of your home, work, or mobile device!
Tuesday, May 11, Broadcast Parts 1 & 2, 4:30 & 5:00 p.m.:
Featuring a special interview with musician/singer/composer/producers Eddie Pasco and Howie Jordan (Snyder). Eddie led his acclaimed local big band Eddie Pasco & The Festival for 40 years, and has charitably led BCCA/CCCA's "You & Broadway!" Happy Time Band for the past decade, along with Howie, who has co-produced and MCd this show by seniors for seniors and all ages, taking over from his father, the late singer Paul (Saul) Jordan (Snyder), who co-founded the show in 2003 with the late singer/drummer Leon Alperin. Join us for this wonderful trip down memory lane!

View the shows live on Cambridge Channel 9, or at, and stay tuned via our "Live from the CCCA" event page for the specific cultural and educational programming to be featured, and to view videos of past shows!
Section 2: Upcoming Online Interactive Workshops
Join Russ Gershon for his 4th Jazz Listening Session on one of two dates, discussing famed band leaders Fletcher Henderson and Sun Ra!
For an interactive listing of workshops, visit our Programs page (where the "Workshop" checkbox has been selected under the "Content / Offering Types" filter).
Jazz Listening Sessions
For Musicians & Non-Musicians
By Russ Gershon
Thursday, May 6, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 15, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Join Russ, a five time Boston Music Award winner, who has been presenting jazz to the public since his days as a teenage DJ at WWPT-FM in Connecticut and WHRB-FM in Cambridge in the 1970’s. His career as a saxophonist, bandleader, composer, and educator, has prepared him to give clear but not simplistic explanations of what makes jazz tick. With a practitioner's knowledge, he can go as deep as the participants desire.
Section 3: Spring Session 2 Online Interactive Classes
Our lineup of quality online classes for all ages and levels of ability, will keep you healthy and on your toes! Read on to learn about our latest upcoming classes, beginning this evening, Tuesday, May 4th, with Johara's & Seyyide's Belly Dance classes!
For an interactive listing of classes, visit our Programs page (where the "Class" checkbox has been selected under the "Content / Offering Types" filter).
The Groove & Flow Experience: Yoga, Dance, Qigong, & Meditation
By Eve Costarelli
Mondays, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Next Class on May 10
Groove & Flow Embodied Movement is Eve's special blend of yoga, dance, Qigong, and meditation styles where the participants can explore and experience the joy of movement and freedom of expression within a supportive, creative environment, regardless of experience and/or abilities. This class is balanced with movement, relaxation and meditation and participants can be on a mat or in a chair.
Belly Dance
By Johara
Tuesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
5-Class Session Begins May 4
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.
Beginner Belly Dance
By Seyyide Sultan
Tuesdays, 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Next Class on May 4
Learn the dance women have performed for ages in the Middle East and North Africa, where different parts of the body are moved independently, layered to make a unity. These polycentric movements develop body awareness and coordination. Movements centered on the trunk rather than the limbs (unlike occidental dances) have a wonderful positive effect on the body and mind. This class is for students with less than 6 months of belly dance experience, or those getting back into it.
Advanced Belly Dance
By Seyyide Sultan
Tuesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Next Class on May 4
This advanced class is for those with at least a few years of experience, including at least some previous exposure to Egyptian style. Students will use veils and canes regularly. Basic cane twirling is assumed to be known. Basic veil handling is assumed to be known. There will be professional dancers among the students, so expect the level to raise significantly compared with the previous level.
Intermediate Belly Dance
By Seyyide Sultan
Fridays, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Next Class on May 7
This intermediate class is for those with several months of experience, coming from another teacher/location or from Seyyide's own beginner classes, only after they have already internalized the fundamentals of belly dance, and a repertoire of basic movements, and are familiar with some rhythms and with combining movements. Students will use veils and might also introduce some simple cane twirling technique and simple movements.
Tai Chi for Beginners
By Jessica Sollee
Saturdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Next Class on May 8
(Moving to 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on June 5)
Jessica's zoom class includes a warmup/stretching, qigong, and learning the basics of tai chi and the 24 Yang tai chi short form. It is geared for beginners and is a great review of tai chi and qigong practice, but anyone may attend. Jessica's style of teaching is described as gentle, inspiring and easy to learn. This class is a way to gently ease into movement after this year of stagnation due to COVID. It is very relaxing and grounding, and helps to promote the smooth flow of energy and blood circulation, loosen tight muscles, and is a great way to relieve stress.
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee: Shadowboxing Level 1
By Jessica Liggero
Sundays, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
4-Class Session Begins May 9
Shadowboxing focuses on the development of basic boxing technique. Participants will learn the proper punch technique for straight/crooked punches, footwork and stance. Shadowboxing is a full body workout that focuses on breath and improves coordination while providing a fun mental challenge. Each class will progress with additional punch combinations, footwork, and defensive moves, in addition to a little core work. Have fun learning proper boxing technique from a former competitive boxer.
Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee: Shadowboxing Level 2
By Jessica Liggero
Sundays, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
4-Class Session Begins May 9
Shadowboxing level 2 is an intermediate/advanced class and is a continuation of the techniques learned in level 1. The pace of this class is faster and more emphasis will be placed on developing an individualized style in addition to refining technique. Students will become more comfortable with putting together their own combinations and improvising.
Latin & Ballroom Footwork & Body Movement
By Dan Marshall
Sundays, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
4-Class Session Begins May 9
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 & confidence!
Section 4: Learn About the Release of our Non-Profit's Education Web Major Software Upgrade!
As per our April 11th newsletter, we announced the completion of a significant upgrade to our non-profit's institution, artist/educator, and student management software and website technology! Our goal was to upgrade our legacy version, to make it a truly tailored and modern software for onsite, online, and hybrid arts, culture, and educational programming, coupled with a robust infrastructure that will allow it to easily scale up to more users and institutions/content providers. Here is an updated recap of our previous announcement, in case you missed it.

The new technology is seamlessly integrated into our website, and features several key views, to allow you to browse and enjoy current and past cultural offerings:
  • The Programs view, lets you see all of our offerings both in tile and table formats, filter them by programs, categories, content types, ages, levels, instructor/producers, online/onsite, and locations, and conveniently access each offering for more details and to register.
  • The Schedule view allows you to browse by week, day, and instructor, and soon also by category, and allows you to further filter and refine each view by location, program, category, and instructor/producer.
  • The Faculty view displays the wonderful instructors and producers we have worked with since 2003, allows you to quickly search and filter, and then be able to view each instructor/producer profile, and their current and past offerings.
  • All of our past student accounts, have been maintained, so if you had an active E-Mail in our system, you will be able to create a password, and easily gain access to your account. Once logged in, both returning and new students are able to conveniently access via their accounts, all info on the content/offerings they register for going forward, update their accounts, and click to attend virtual programming. Past transactions, will also be ported over, and viewable in the future.
  • We hope you have a smooth experience navigating our new system, and are available at (617) 642-1444 and to answer question and assist with sign-in and registration. We also thank you for your patience and feedback, as we continue to improve the software.

We continue to make upgrades and improvements to the system, and recently added on-demand video viewing, both free and paid, to further contribute to the gainful employment of the artists we serve, and for greater convenience and access to the community!

Thank you again to our incredible software design team at Nix Solutions, for their dedication, brilliance, and care for our community vision!
Many blessings, strength, happiness, fulfillment, productivity, culture, and arts, to you, and we look forward to wonderful times together!

Best Regards & Wishes,

Dan Yonah Marshall
President & Executive Artistic Director
Brookline/Cambridge Community Center for the Arts, Inc. (BCCA / CCCA)
Direct: (617) 642-1444
For Info & Media Inquiries, Contact Dan Marshall, Executive Artistic Director
at (617) 642-1444