Culture & The Arts

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NEW! Art of the Renaissance
Explore the period from the 14th to the 16th centuries across Europe as we discover the artistic trend away from the medieval and towards more realistic and secular depictions of the world. Artists such as Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Durer will be covered among many others. We’ll look into the underlying reasons for these changes in the political, religious, and social climates of the times through slide presentations, lecture, and discussion.
CE-CULTR 2034, 3 Wed., June 8-22, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $60. S Altman. #5748

NEW! American Pie
We’ll discuss the lyrics of Don McLean’s #1 hit song, American Pie. The lyrics of the song cover the musical changes in rock & roll from the 1950’s to 1970, as the American cultural landscape changed dramatically. From the optimism and conformity of the 1950’s to the cultural changes caused by the political and social changes of the 1960’s: Bye Bye Miss American Pie.
CE-MUSIC 2075, 2 Sat., June 4 & 11, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $65. D Fruci. #5707

NEW! Great Paintings of the 20th Century
This course will present some of the greatest art produced in the 20th century. Paintings will be shown, with insights given into styles, subject, aesthetics, and relevance to the time period.
CE-CULTR 2036VA, 6 M/W, June 6-22, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $120. J Coppola. #5746

NEW! Outstanding Movie Choreographers
Come discover the lives of Busby Berkeley, Bob Fosse, Jack Cole, Gower Champion, Roland Petit, and Gene Kelly, who were outstanding movie choreographers. Video selections will be shown.
CE-FILM 2033VA, 3 Wed., June 8-22, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, KNC-4, $60. E Glass. #5699

NEW! Art History: Women in the Arts
Art captures the spirit of an age. Take a look at art work from gothic to the modern times and learn to analyze and interpret artwork. Includes an introduction to viewing and understanding paintings while focusing on particular periods or contexts, with a concentration on women in the arts.
CE-CULT 2035VA, 5 Sun., June 5-July 3, 3:00-6:00 pm, Room TBD, $150 (+ textbook, Women, Art and Society by Whitney Chadwick). K Gyokeny. #5747

NEW! An Opera Experience
Join us for a lively and informative presentation of opera this summer. We’ll explore the opera’s history, libretto, and aria highlights, as well as the cultural and social significance of this summer’s choice: Tosca by Giacomo Puccini.
CE-MUSIC 2074VA, 2 Mon., June 6 & 13, 7:00-9:00 pm, KNC-5, $40. J Mallory. #5708

NEW! Introduction to Catholic Theology
This will be the first in a series of courses on the primary topics of catholic theology as it developed over the past 2,000 years. This first class will present the primary beliefs as presented in Nicene Creed and the New Testament.
CE-PHIL 2026VA, 6 T/Th, July 5-21, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $120. J Coppola. #5712

Mary Cassatt in France
Join us for a compelling presentation about Mary Cassatt’s journey to becoming a professional artist in France. Share her struggles to balance family obligations with career goals as well as your instructor’s own journey in researching Cassatt’s life for her play, Girl in Blue Armchair. Includes images of Cassatt’s work and those of her contemporaries, as well as her residences in France and the present-day Cassatt family in Maine.
CE-ART 2187VA, 1 Fri., July 15, 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, KNC-3, $25. S Courtney. #5420

The Birth of the Beatles
Discover the individual lives of each of the Fab Four. Follow the Beatles’ rise to success while intertwining that success with the events of the 1960’s in an attempt to grasp their incredible significance on the cultural changes in the U.S. and around the world.
CE-MUSIC 2064, 2 Wed., June 8 & 15, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $60. D Fruci. #5464

The Music of Lennon and McCartney
Examine the genius of the songs written by the Beatles; follow the songs from their early years over time as their songs and music grew in complexity. Stories and quotes from the Beatles themselves about how or why each song was written will be a primary source of information.
CE-MUSIC 2063, 2 Thurs., June 9 & 16, 6:00-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $60. D Fruci. #5463



Dance It Off with Belly Dance
Belly dancing workouts relax your mind and flatten your belly. Wear comfortable workout clothes and bring a bottle of water, hip scarf, veil and if possible, a pair of cymbals. Acceptable foot attire includes socks or dance slippers. For all experience levels.
CE-DANCE 2002, 5 Sat., July 9-Aug. 6, 6:00-7:00 pm, AAB-218, $60 (+ $15 optional fee for hip scarf, payable to instructor). S Ramos. #5517

Latin Fusion
Spice up your Latin dance as we incorporate other dances such as hip hop, ballroom, modern dance, and much more! Add spice, flavor, and attitude and let loose as you get ready to put a twist on Latin dance like you never have before.
CE-DANCE 2040, 5 Sat., July 9-Aug. 6, 5:00-6:00 pm, AAB-218, $50. S Ramos. #5518

Ballet for Adults and Teens
Explore ballet’s foundations and learn the basics which, when combined, create “dance.” Class sessions will include barre work, center floor, adagio, pirouettes, and petite and grande allegro. Emphasis is on correct body alignment and use of terminology; work on dance combinations to improve technical skill, memory and performance. Bring ballet slippers, tights & leotard or leggings. For beginners and intermediates.
CE-DANCE 2000, 10 Sun., June 5-Aug. 28 (skip 6/19, 7/17, & 8/14), 11:30 am-1:30 pm, AAB-218, $215. I Kent. #5587


Y Dance

Westchester Community College and the Y Dance Academy
are pleased to partner to offer a variety of dance courses for community adults.

The Y Dance Academy, located at the Family YMCA at Tarrytown, provides excellence in dance education, accessible to all. A comprehensive schedule offers a curriculum in ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz dance, as well as wider offerings in tap, choreography, and more taught by faculty with extensive teaching, performing, and academic credentials. Individual placement classes, and regular progress reports are all part of a Y Dance Academy education.

 All classes meet at the Family YWCA in Tarrytown. Please see full class descriptions and meeting details at



Acting & Theater

 NEW! Improvisation for Acting, Writing, and Life
Have some laughs while you’re learning improvising skills. Expand your creativity and confidence through theater games that focus on spontaneity, awareness, energy, concentration, and more. It’s like a rehearsal for Whose Line is it Anyway?
CE-THEAT 2024, 3 Wed., June 8-22, 6:30-8:30 pm, Room TBD, $60. J Brownold. #5715

 Acting in the Afternoon
We’ll focus on the basics of using sensory work and creating a character, while reading scripts from plays with assigned roles.
6 Tues., 12:00 noon-2:00 pm, $120. S Courtney
Part 1: Students will work on a scene with a partner and present a staged reading during the last class. CE-THEAT 2020VA, June 7-July 12, KNC-2. #5421
Part 2: Students will work on a scene with a partner and present a staged reading on the last class. CE-THEAT 2021VA, July 19-Aug. 23, KNC-4. #5422


Acting & Playwriting Workshops at the Axial Theatre

Westchester Community College and the Axial Theatre are pleased to offer a variety of theatre courses for the community

These classes are offered through a collaboration with Howard Meyer’s Acting Program, a division of Axial Theatre. Classes will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church Community House, 8 Sunnyside Road in Pleasantville.


Playwriting Workshop
Learn how to develop a play scene by scene. Students will bring scenes each week and exchange work with fellow students. Gradually, a project will develop for each playwright: scenes, one-minute plays, one-act plays, and full-lengths. For background on your instructor, go to
CE-THEAT 2002, 6 Tues., July 5-Aug. 9, 7:00-9:00 pm. $265. G Fox. #5497

Basic Acting Technique for Adults
In this class we lay the foundation of the actor’s craft with a range of exercises developed by master teachers Sanford Meisner and Lee Strasberg. The exercises help develop the actor’s use of his/her senses and imagination and are practiced individually and in groups. Monologues and scenes are integrated as new exercises continue to be introduced.
CE-THEAT 2001, 6 Wed., July 6-Aug. 10, 7:30-10:30 pm, $245. R Jones. #5498

  Basic Acting Technique for Teenagers
We focus on exercises which cultivate the imagination, the use of the senses, and expression of voice and body. Each student is encouraged to access their own uniqueness and point-of-view, in a creative and safe environment. For ages 13-15.
CE-THEAT 2025, 6 Wed., July 6-Aug. 10, 5:15-7:00 pm, $235. J Erick. #5696



 NEW! Music Theory for Dummies
A brief and simple “crash-course” overview of the components of basic music theory: notation, pitch, staves, meter, intervals, scales, chords, keys, triads, harmony, and structural form. Listening skills include identifying basic chords and intervals. Basic sight singing involves using solfege and simple score reading while following notation.
CE-MUSIC 2071, 2 Mon., July 11 & 18, 6:00-8:00 pm, KNC-4, $40. T Williams. #5710

NEW! Music Sight Reading Made Easy
An introduction to reading music, with an emphasis on following notes by reviewing sheet music and scores. Includes identification of basic elements of music such as locating the melody, themes or motives which vary with different types of styles and historical genres; “ordering” scores according to instrument families; examining structural forms including ABA, rondo, sonata, and vocal/song forms; score reading across styles.
CE-MUSIC 2072, 2 Fri., June 17 & 24, 1:00-3:00 pm, KNC-3, $40. T William. #5711

Guitar Workshop
Learn to read music and play a melody together with a bass line. Discover shortcuts that can save you time.
10 sessions, AAB-104. J Lorusso.
Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2001, Thurs., June 2-Aug. 4, 7:30-9:30 pm, $175 (+ $45 for Book 1 and companion CD with the Songs of Book One, payable to instructor). #5478
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2015, Tues., June 7-Aug. 9, 7:00-9:00 pm, $175 (+ $55 for Book 2 and companion double CD with the Songs of Book Two, payable to instructor). #5479

NEW! Guitar Workshop-Advanced
A follow up to Guitar Workshop Intermediate. Learn more advanced techniques and repertory. More advanced arrangements of pop songs and light classical pieces will be the focus. Prerequisite: Guitar Workshop-Intermediate (unless the student has advanced music reading skills).
CE-MUSIC 2073, 10 Mon., June 6-Aug. 15 (skip 7/4), 7:00-9:00 pm, AAB-104, $175 (+ $55 for customized arrangements made for the class by instructor, payable to the instructor). J LoRusso. #5709

 Guitar is Fun: Intermediate
Join us for more guitar fun! This class is a continuation of the first course of Guitar is Fun. You will learn new chords, new strums, and more fingerpicking to familiar songs. Please bring your own guitar. Come and enjoy!
CE-MUSIC 2058VA, 7 Tues., July 12-Aug. 23, 1:30-2:30 pm, KNC-3. $70. D Moran #5494

Piano is Fun: Intermediate
Come join us as we explore new rhythms, keys and songs with fellow students. Please bring your own keyboard with batteries in it. Prerequisite: Piano is Fun! or beginning piano experience.
CE-MUSIC 2061VA, 7 Tues., July 12-Aug. 23, 12:15-1:15 pm, KNC-3, $70 (+ textbooks). D Moran. #5495

Piano for Adults
Individualized and group instruction. Access to a piano is required; practice outside of class time necessary.
$175 (+ approximately $20 for textbook, payable to instructor), AAB-110. H Dutton.
Beginning: CE-MUSIC 2005, 10 Thurs., June 2-Aug. 4, 6:00-7:30 pm. #5451
Advanced Beginner: CE-MUSIC 2062, 10 Thurs., June 2-Aug. 4, 7:30-9:00 pm #5452
Intermediate: CE-MUSIC 2020, (prerequisite: Beginning or equivalent experience), 10 Fri., June 3-Aug. 5, 6:00-7:30 pm. For students who can play piano with ease but want to learn advanced technique and theory knowledge. #5453
Advanced: CE-MUSIC 2018, 10 Fri, June 3-Aug. 5, 7:30-9:00 pm, (no book required; student will bring own music). For students with advanced technique and who can bring their own music which they want to learn and also get inspired from others. #5454