Important Announcement

All our group and private classes are running and will be taught online throughout the end of April. We will then evaluate the safety of switching to in-person classes. If you have any questions please contact Book pick-up schedule: Friday 3/20 12-3 p.m., Tuesday 3/24 10 a.m.-1 p.m, Friday 3/27 3-6 p.m.

Le Goût du Vin - Part 2 : VIN-2

Wednesdays at 6:15-8:30pm
04/01/2020 to 04/29/2020
Instructor: Maxine Borcherding

RESCHEDULED: Le goût du vin - A delicious journey through the wine regions of France

Explore and taste French wines through the lens of history and culture. Learn to read and demystify French wine labels as you discover new favorites and find hidden treasures. Wine & refreshments paired to the region will be served at each session. The seminar will be in English, with appropriate French vocabulary. The two five-week seminars may be taken in sequence or stand-alone. There is a $65 materials fee to cover wine & food for each five week seminar. To take any single session for $55 (materials fee included), please contact the office at 503.223.8388.

This class is a reprise of the popular fall Goût du vin seminars. New wine tastings will be offered, and students will have online access to lecture notes.

Maxine Borcherding, Chef, Sommelier, and lover of wine and fine food, will guide you through an in-depth look at the wine regions of France. Maxine’s professional certifications include Sommelier (International Sommelier Guild), French Wine Scholar (French Wine Academy), Spanish Wine Educator (Wine Academy of Spain), and Wine Location Specialist (Center for Wine Origins). She recently retired from 16 years as Lead Chef Instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute.

Hoke Harden is a B.N.I.C. (Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) Certified Cognac Educator, a master instructor with the Wine Scholar Guild, and Wine & Spirits Instructor at Mt. Hood Community College.

4/01 – Alsace

4/08– Armagnac / Floc de Gascogne with guest instructor and cognac educator Hoke Harden

4/15 – Champagne

4/22 – Rhône Valley

4/29 – Burgundy / Beaujolais


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Identité dans la danse moderne : Identité Danse

Class full, out of stock

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
03/31/2020 to 04/21/2020

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Required: B1 or equiv.

Description: Celine Bouly participated as a reference person for the 20th century dance in the successful cultural seminar “Dance & Culture” and now returns to the Alliance to explore the question of identity in modern dance: how cultural identities, social and political experiences are at play in modern dance from the sixties until now, in America, Germany, Japan and France. This seminar is in French and includes four weeks of seminars at the Kamm house and one outing to Camille A. Brown & Dancers at Newmark Theater. Detailed schedule of sessions:

03/31 – The Kamm House, 10am – The pedestrian movement in Post Modern dance in America, in the sixties.

04/02 – Newmark Theater, 7 p.m. – Performance: Camille A. Brown & Dancers: African identity, today. UPDATE: This performance has been cancelled due to COVID-19 measures.

04/07 – The Kamm House, 10am –  Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater: the dancer interprets his own character, in Germany, in the seventies.

04/14 - The Kamm House, 10am – Butô: dance of darkness, dance of the unconscious, in Japan, in the sixties.

04/21 – The Kamm House, 10am – Maguy Marin, May B, a dance piece about the human condition, in France, in the eighties.

Can't make it to all five sessions? Contact the office and sign up for the seminar date of your choosing for a drop-in rate of $45.

Céline Bouly is a French dancer and choreographer. She has taught in various French institutions and completed advanced programs at Marne-La-Vallée University and Paris 8 University. Residing in Portland since 2009, she has performed with Randee Paufve, Esther LaPointe, Susan Banyas, Jamuna Chiarini, Catherine Egan, and Sarah-Luella Baker. In 2013, Céline staged her ensemble work I am not going to jail! at Conduit. Most recently, she appeared in Under Over Dressed by Gregg Bielemeier in the New Expressive Works residency program. 

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La race, parlons-en : Race-Art

Tuesdays at 10-12:15pm
05/05/2020 to 05/19/2020

colescottRequired: B1 or equiv.

Description: Discuss questions of race with art historian Elene Zedginidze and sociologist Emmanuel Laurin. This 4-week seminar is centered around the subjects explored  by the artist Robert Colescott and includes a tour of his retrospective exhibition on view at the Portland Art Museum. This seminar is in French.

04/28 - Explore the life and the themes in the work of Robert Colescott at the Kamm House with Elene

05/05 - Emmanuel will walk you through the issue of race in French painting.

05/12 - Tour the exhibition at the Portland Art Museum with Elene

05/19 - Meet with Emmanuel at the Kamm House to talk about racial questions in France and bring your perspectives on the global consequences of racism.

Can't make it to all five sessions? Contact the office and sign up for the seminar date of your choosing for a drop-in rate of $45.

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Where Design Meets Technology – French Evening at Wacom Experience Center : Design/Technology

Tuesdays at 6:00-8:00pm
05/26/2020 to 05/26/2020

dan katcher 2 of 13Have you ever wondered how artists, designers and other creative professionals use digital media in their work? Would you like to know how a product is created and what tools are used during the design process?

Join us for a unique opportunity to discover a digital tool that impacts the world of education, business and art with Douglas Little, Wacom’s Senior Manager of Public Relations, and Thomas Belhacene, Nike Innovation Designer. Douglas and Thomas will walk us through the different stages of industrial design process along with a demo. We will be hosted in the beautiful Wacom Experience Center where you will have an opportunity to test drive a variety of Wacom tablets and pen displays! Come immerse yourself in the French language, creativity and a wonderful community.

Refreshments will be provided. Please note that this seminar is in French. 

The seminar will be held at Wacom Experience Center, 1455 NW Irving Street, Suite 110

The attendance is free and open to all, but we kindly ask you to register following this link: 

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Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
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