Hula Dance for Charity at EC Boston English School

By Doris Domingo At EC Boston we are loving the Dance for Charity classes! This week we danced Hawaiian Hula for the first time ever in our lives! Tiare, one of our intern teachers from Hawaii taught us how to dance a beautiful song about the rainbow = “Ānuenue” and nature. In Hula dancing there are many hand motions that represent the words in the song. For example, hand movements can signify aspect of nature, such as the rain or the beautiful land, or an action, like telling a story or smelling a flower. After the class we felt so peaceful and relaxed… we were all dreaming about visiting Hawaii and practicing our new moves near the ocean!

Dance for Charity: Flamenco with Doris!

By Doris Domingo The Spanish Flamenco vibe invaded EC Boston last Wednesday Feb. 17th!!! A number of very talented students and teachers joined our Dance for Charity activity to discover Flamenco. They learnt the first Sevillana, a dance from Sevilla, a city in the Southern region of Andalusia in Spain. This dance can be heard mainly in fairs and festivals, including the famous Seville Fair, La Feria de Sevilla or also known as La Feria de Abril. We had so much fun! Join us in our next Dance for Charity events next week! We are VERY close to reach our goal to build a school together with CARE NGO. Monday February 22nd: Hawaiian Hula with Tiare! @11:45am in Room 518. $5 (cash only please) Wednesday February 24th: Yoga with Sara! @11:45 – Room TBD $5 (cash only please) See you all there! Let’s have fun for a good cause!

New Years Eve Activities

By Jennifer Lacano Are you still looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day? Check out Boston’s First Night/First Day festivities! The fun starts at noon on New Year’s Eve and continues past midnight. It picks up again at 11:00 am on New Year’s Day. (They had to give people some time to sleep!) And most of the events are FREE! Here is some information from their website, http://www.firstnightboston.org/  (you can also visit https://www.facebook.com/FirstNightBoston ) The majority of the First Night First Day’s activities will be held in Boston’s Copley Square. Partner programming will occur during similar hours at the Prudential Center, Boston Public Library, the Old South Church and Copley Place. Additional activities can be found on the Boston Common, along the Freedom Trail, and in the Seaport District. There will be artistic and musical performances covering Boston’s diverse culture and talent, ice sculptures, light displays, fireworks, a Procession, and many other entertaining activities. To see our full list of events, locations and times please visit the Schedule page. (http://www.firstnightboston.org/schedule/) We encourage folks to join the People’s Procession starting at 6:00 PM on the 31st, marching from Copley Square to the Common, with dancing along both sides of Boylston. The main stage at Copley Square will also feature a variety of bands on First Night to welcome in the New Year until 12:30 AM. Dancing is encouraged. There will be fireworks… twice! The family-friendly fireworks display will take place on the Boston Common at 7:00 PM on December 31st. You may also ring in the New Year with the traditional fireworks display over Boston Harbor at Midnight. Parking will be limited, but the T will be running extended service until 2:00 am. Best of all, the subway is free after 8:00 pm!  If you’re looking to … Read more

Meet Elaine, a new English teacher at EC Boston!

Welcome Elaine to EC Boston! Can you introduce yourself? I have been teaching for over a year had received my certificate from the Boston Language Institute. Beforehand I went to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and received a degree in the French language. What is your favorite experience abroad? I really enjoyed my time in Morocco because the culture was just so unique and different from ours. Every aspect, from how and when we ate to how we bathed, was different. I learned about human nature and the various ways people live. What is your favorite thing about Boston? I am proud of Boston’s hospitals because they are the best of the best in the world. It is so convenient and wonderful that we have these hospitals available to us when others fly in from around the world to use our medical care. What is your most memorable moment at EC Boston so far? I have only been here a week, but I had a student show me his moves to a type of Japanese dance, which was very entertaining. Tell us something quirky about yourself: Something quirky about me is that I like to eat pizza from the crust inward because I like saving the best for last. That is great! I think we all will try that method out! 

EC Boston group attends Shen Yun performance

A group of EC Boston students and staff went to see Shen Yun Chinese dance performance company this week. Shen Yun is a very important cultural dance company, describing itself as “the essence of 5000 years of Chinese Culture”. Their dance tradition is rooted in Falun Gong spiritual practice, which is now not accepted in China. For this reason the company of Chinese dancers was formed and now continues to tour in the US, Europe, Asia and other places, but has never performed in Mainland China. Students said the performance was “great!” If you know of any cultural artistic performances and would like to lead an activity, please let the front desk know! Each month EC Boston’s activity program branches out to include new experiences for students.

Harry Potter Halloween Costume Ball in Salem, MA

DO THIS FIRST!!! BUY HP Halloween Costume Ball Tickets ONLINE  HERE   Friday, October 26, 2012 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Knights of Columbus Ballroom 94 Washington Square East, Salem, MA Knights of Columbus Ballroom, 94 Washington Square East Time: 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. About: DJs Alvis and Zombi will play Halloweeny/80s/Wrock/ Goth/Industrial/current dance music, photo opportunities, and full bar. All ages welcome, 21+ to drink (bring ID). You may not bring your own alcohol. Travel Notes: This is the Friday of Halloween weekend in Salem. I recommend you get into town early as Salem will be extremely crowded this time of year. Parking is available behind the hall but the Salem stop on the commuter rail is highly recommended. The Rules: Costume required ( preferably HP but any fabulous costume will do) Cost: $20 RSVP by using PAYPAL ONLINE TICKET PURCHASE in ADVANCE   WARNING: EVENT WILL BE SOLD OUT, SO BUY YOUR TICKET BEFORE YOU GO TO SALEM No student will be admitted without a prepaid ticket. Let’s meet on the 5th Floor student Lounge at 6:00 PM Transportation: OUTBOUND TRAIN TO SALEM  $14 Round trip MBTA commuter rail fare from North Station – Boston to Salem Depot/ Outbound -6:45 PM (Newburyport Line) Last  Inbound Train to BOSTON 11:40 PM (North Station- Boston) Optional: OUTBOUND SALEM FERRY (ONE WAY ONLY) Take the Salem Ferry from Boston @ 5:30PM – Long Wharf to Salem Ferry Landing $15 one way. You may purchase a one way  ticket online HERE or purchase from the ticket booth at Boston Harbor Cruises – Long Wharf (Aquarium Stop on the Blue Line ) one hour in advance at 4:30 PM. Note: There is NO INBOUND FERRY TO BOSTON…you must return by Train. Last  Inbound Train to BOSTON 11:40 PM (North Station- Boston)   Hosted … Read more