END OF MODEL YEAR
JCC Asks CCS:
Shall We Dance?
JENNIFER FINER STAFF WRITER
he "marriage" may sound
strange, but in reality it
makes a lot of sense.
Earlier this year, when
the Jewish Community Center
began examining the possibility
of expanding its music and dance
programs without hiring addi-
tional teachers, the only logical
option was to bring in a pre-ex-
isting program — a task often
easier said than done.
At the same time, the Center
for Creative Studies, one of De-
troit's top arts-education institu-
tions, wanted to expand its
Institute of Music and Dance be-
yond its pre-existing location in
Detroit and a Grosse Pointe ex-
Both organizations say it was
fate that brought them together.
"CCS does the best job of pro-
viding what we're looking for,"
said Chris Lewis, the di-
rector of operations for the
JCC. "They offer a high
caliber of instruction and
they were very receptive
to our offer. This is a win-
win situation for every-
Beginning Sept. 11,
over two dozen CCS mu-
sic and dance classes will
be offered at the JCC, in-
cluding ballet, jazz, tap,
East Indian, family and
Russian folk dance.
Among the music op-
portunities are private
lessons for clarinet, flute,
guitar, oboe, piano, saxo-
phone and voice.
"We were looking for a
new suburban-branch lo-
cation," said Michael
Stockdale, the director of CCS' In-
stitute of Music and Dance. `This
arrangement is mutually benefi-
cial. We like the fact that part of
the JCC's mission is to reach out
to its community. It goes along
with our desire to continue being
accessible to the greater commu-
nity. This arrangement helps to
further both of our missions."
This isn't the first time the
JCC has collaborated on its class-
es. Some of the martial arts and
sports and fitness classes are con-
ducted on a contractual basis.
The CCS arrangement marks the
first time an enrichment course
is run through an outside source.
Under the CCS/JCC arrange-
ment, CCS handles the registra-
tion and provides the instructors.
The JCC helps publicize the
classes and allows them to be
taught in its Maple-Drake build-
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