2015 Spring Cultural Classes

2015 Spring Cultural Classes

Pre-registration mandatory.

All classes listed are for adults and young adults and are located at CAC’s offices in the Armory (unless noted otherwise).

For more information about these classes please send us an e-mail at info@cacboston.org


The Oud and the Middle Eastern Scales Oud Classes


Tuesdays: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Session 1: March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 7, 14, 21

This class is designed for both beginners and intermediate level students. Students will get introduced to Arabicmusic by learning the Arabic scales “Makamat” through playing musical compositions.  They will also have brief look at the history and the importance of the Oud in Mid-Eastern Music. In addition, students will learn how to hold the instrument and the pick, the positioning and understanding of the quarter tone, and how to tune the strings.

About the instructor: Nabil Ata was born in Lebanon and immigrated to Massachusetts in March, 1973. He has been focusing on singing the classics in the Arabic language, like “Mouwashahaat and Adwaar.” He established “Tarab Chrous” in 1997.

Cost: $200/session
Members’ Cost: $190/session

To Register for Session 2, CLICK HERE.

To purchase Oud:

Unique Strings
165 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478‎ (617) 489-1254

Rhythms of the East – Tabla Class (Arabic percussion)

Tabla Lessons

Private lessons available upon request.  Cost: $65 per hour.

To arrange a private lesson, please email us at info@CACBoston.org.

To purchase Tabla:



Spring Dance Classes Will Be Announced Soon


Raks Sharqi with Shadia – Belly Dance ClassBelly Dance Class

Tuesdays: 7:30 – 9:00 pm

September 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28;  Nov. 4.

Explore and enjoy the high energy dances from the Arab World and the Middle East. Dancing classes will build a solid foundation in Raks Sharqi (Belly Dance) through good form, knowledge of music and movement. This is an Intermediate/Advanced  Class.

This class focus will be on  “Roots” * movements and music and learning to play finger cymbals Arabic Style.  Goal is to build foundation from which student can build her own dance/choreography.

“Roots” of Belly Dance training  has been developed  by Shadia  with over thirty years of teaching, performing and learning classic and folkloric styles of the Near & Middle East and North Africa.

Classical  ME dance predates ballet and other modern dance forms and has its own distinct form and disciplines.  It has been her lifelong mission to keep Belly Dance or Raks Sharqi as the women’s solo dance is called, Oriental in form.

Cost: $200/session
CAC Members: $190/session


To register, CLICK HERE.

SHADIA has enjoyed a celebrated 40-year career teaching and performing dance in professional settings throughout the United States, Canada, South and Central America. Shadia’s popularity with diverse audiences of Middle Eastern descent comes from her strong foundation and expertise in both folkloric and classical training. She will be down-sizing her group classes by 2015 so she can expand on her new online boutique, Shadiacostumedesign.com. These classes present a valuable opportunity to study with an internationally beloved artist.



For information about our Colloquial Arabic Classes, please click here

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