Highlights of December 2020

Adapting to meet the evolving needs of the college community, CCBC continues to provide instructional, training and enrichment opportunities on campus and in virtual environments.

CCBC Dance Company presents virtual Fall 2020 Dance Concert

dancers performing on stageThe CCBC Dance Company’s presented its Fall 2020 Dance Concert Dec. 4 on the CCBC Performing Arts YouTube channel.

The CCBC Dance Company, in residence at CCBC Essex, is under the artistic direction of Melinda Blomquist and Associate Director Kristi Schaffner. The virtual performance featured nine CCBC students; three of the dancers performed original works created as part of their capstone project for their AFA degree in Dance.

Preparing a virtual dance concert came with challenges, especially operating under COVID-19 guidelines. Students practiced wearing masks, danced in taped-off squares, and adhered to strict cleaning protocols after classes and rehearsals. Artistic Director Melinda Blomquist challenged the choreographers to think carefully about how their work would present virtually instead of in person.

Year-end celebration maintains festive spirit in a virtual environment

screenshot of a zoom meeting with ccbc employeesOn Sunday, December 6, CCBC president Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis opened her home to a virtual celebration highlighting the collective success of more than 240 individuals who helped raise $519,021 in support of CCBC students. President Kurtinitis shared with viewers her appreciation for their philanthropic commitment to CCBC during an especially challenging year.

The event featured messages from CCBC Board of Trustees Chair Gene Leitner, CCBC Foundation Board Chair Michael Carper, and a number of CCBC students who received scholarship or emergency support over the past year.

Since its inception in 2010, the President’s Club for Annual Giving has grown into an amazing initiative, gathering together friends and supporters from our college and communities who share a common passion for CCBC.
Watch the 2020 President’s Club virtual reception video »

Also marking the close of a challenging year was the presentation of CCBC’s annual video holiday card to the college community. More than two dozen CCBC students, faculty and staff showed off their musical talents with a medley of winter-themed songs. Participants each performed their parts individually, then were brought together virtually for an upbeat message of holiday cheer.
View the CCBC 2020 holiday card »