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1/28/22: The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Center are open. All classes will be held as scheduled. Rentals and local, open meetings are not affected unless canceled by the Executive Director or the rental client.

 

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This class is suitable for both beginners and those who have taken improv classes in the past. Improv comedy is a great way for kids and teens to express themselves and gain confidence. Focusing on creativity and teamwork, The Alden’s improv comedy classes for youth teach improv fundamentals such as “yes, and” in a supportive environment.

Session I: Class participants will perform during (the) Unruly Theatre Project’s show on Friday, March 4, at The Old Firehouse Center.

Session II: Participants will perform a class showcase at MCC on the last day of class.

Session I

8-11 years

8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3001.322          M, 1/10-3/14          6:30-7:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/17 and 2/21.


12-16 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3002.322          M, 1/10-3/14          7:30-8:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/17 and 2/21.

 

Session II

8-11 years
7 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3003.322          M, 4/11-5/23          6:30-7:30 p.m.

12-16 years
7 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3004.322          M, 4/11-5/23          7:30-8:30 p.m.

 

The Alden’s “Celebrating Indian Festivals” Series
As part of The Alden’s Summer Concert series in 2022, we will be presenting Garba360, a South Asian social dance experience with live music. An essential component of the nine-day, fall Hindu festival Navratri, Garba is an intoxicating, high-energy folk dance style from the Indian state of Gujarat. This community event has been reimagined for all to participate in the fun any time of the year!


Leading up to this event, The Alden will provide virtual workshops to give context to this celebration and the culture that surrounds it. Because each Indian state has its own cultural traditions, it is impossible to take a “deep dive” into the culture of the whole country in just a few workshops, so we will be exploring some of the ways people from Gujarat mark the transition
of seasons.

These workshops are designed for families from all backgrounds to participate in together. We will all learn something, but because these workshops are celebratory events, they can be enjoyed by those who already have family traditions marking these events or those who have never participated in one of these events before. All workshop leaders are of Gujarati heritage and will share their culture with us from their own perspective.

Celebrate Chaitra Navratri (Spring Navratri) Workshop (Virtual)buy tix off
Tuesday, March 29, 6 p.m.
$7/$5 MCC district residents (fee is per device)

 

With the arrival of the Indian heat, comes the festival of Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day Hindu festival that marks the transition from spring to summer. The festivals of Navratri in general occur at times of seasonal change, with both Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri (the one that occurs in the fall) happening when the length of the day and night are similar. Both are times of eating particular foods, fasting, and/or eating smaller quantities of food to support our bodies through seasonal changes. In the Hindu context, fasting does not necessarily mean no consumption of food. Often it is eating a special diet of food and fasting foods can be quite tasty. Join us in this Chaitra Navrati workshop to learn how to make a faraali (fasting compliant) Gujarati dish.

 

Mark your calendar now for the final event in this series:

Garba 360: Live Dance Instruction and Band! (In-Person)
Sunday, June 26, 5 p.m.
McLean Central Park, 1468 Dolley Madison Blvd.
Free admission

 

If you would like to purchase tickets at the box office please email Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov to set up an appointment.