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Tuesday February 14, 2017


WINSTED, CT – February 14, 2017 - This semester, Northwestern Connecticut Community College is offering Special Topics: Keep on Dancing Part IIl (MUS 298-01) on its campus in Winsted.  The Dance is the most ancient and the most animated of all the arts. Mankind has been dancing since the earliest civilizations of Egypt and Greece. During the Renaissance, dances became more formalized and began to have an impact on the other arts.

Last spring, Keep on Dancing Part Il was devoted to the czardas, skocna and the tarantella. Part III will explore other dances like the polka, polonaise and the fandango that transitioned successfully from indoors and outdoors to the concert stage.

Special Topics: Keep on Dancing Part IIl (MUS 298-01) will meet on Tuesdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Founders Hall Auditorium.  To obtain credit, student attendance is mandatory at all five sessions.

Jeffrey Engel, who will lead this class, graduated from Ithaca College, New York. He lived in Paris for fourteen years where he studied cello, art history (at the Sorbonne) and earned diplomas in the French language. As a cellist, he played with numerous French orchestras including that of the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. Mr. Engel has been giving lectures devoted to music history in colleges, libraries, retirement communities and other venues for some fifteen years. He believes that such lectures should be entertaining as well as informative. To that end, his explanations are never too technical and he infuses his material with amusing anecdotes and musical illustrations.

Special Topics: Keep on Dancing Part IIl (MUS 298-01) is subsidized by the Northwestern Community College Foundation/Regional Advisory Council.  For senior citizens, this is a lecture series rather than a college course.  Seniors must register, but admission is FREE. Please call (860) 738-6314 to register.

For more information about this course please contact Jeffrey Engel at  


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