Community Classes for ADULTS & TEENS

 Community Classes

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Simone Louw

Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM

June 22-July 6

$40 for 3 week session or class pass

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Tom Truss

Acting Improvisation

Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM

June 22-August 8

Dance Improvisation

Saturdays 1:30-3:30 PM

June 24-August 12

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Ian Spencer Bell

Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM

Begins June 5

(Open Level, No Beginners)

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class descriptions modernballet •  ballroommulti-culturalfitnessimprovisation




Beginner/Advanced Beginner
Bettina Montano/Susan Quinn, Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 AM

This gentle dance class for adults is based on breath and flow. Find the joy of movement through simple phrases, kindness to the body, and a re-awakening of the dancer within. Classes will include floor work, dynamic exercises in center and across the floor.



Open Level, No Beginners
Ian Spencer Bell, Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM (beginning June 5)

This class introduces adults to the dancers they already are and welcomes back dancers who have been away from the form and want to ease back in. We will focus on alignment, weight, spatial clarity, building coordination, and moving spaciously and juicily. At the same time, we will expand and deepen our creative expression. Class structure includes warm-up, center work, strengthening exercises and traveling across the floor.



Open Level, No Beginners
Ryoko Kudo, Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 PM (beginning May 31)

Ryoko’s classes will explore movement based on the principles of the Limón Technique, which incorporates the effect of gravity and use of breath as an initiation of movement. We will explore coordinating breath and weight in terms of falling, recovering, and suspending. The class will also address use of space, time and energy with clear intention and musicality for greater dynamic range of movement and richer coloring of human expression.



Intermediate and Advanced, 18 + (TEENS admitted by Invitation) 
Bettina Montano/Ryoko Kudo, Thursdays 9:30-11:00 AM

This class draws on various forms of modern dance, with an emphasis on release and core strengthening exercises that support the dancer in moving from a strong center. Classes will include floor work, dynamic exercises in center and across the floor, and will culminate with distinctive phrases. This class is for students who are participating in more than one dance class per week.



Sarah Percival, Wednesdays 10:30-11:45 AM (beginning July 5)

A class for students trying ballet for the first time or wanting to continue dancing at a gentle capacity.Discover the joy of dancing, improve posture and flexibility while embodying grace and a sense of well-being. Ballet provides related benefits found in Yoga and Pilates, holding poses to strengthen muscles, especially core, and never using more than the body’s natural weight for resistance. Most importantly, ballet provides the pleasure of connecting movement with music and the feelings of breath, grace and delight that are experienced in the spirit of dance.



Open-Level (previous experience & basic ballet knowledge required)
Ian Spencer Bell
, Saturdays 11:30 AM-1:00 PM (beginning June 3); Sarah Percival, Thursdays 5:30-7:00 PM (beginning July 6)

This mixed-level class offers students with basic experience the opportunity to revisit, expand, and develop their movement experience of classical Ballet.  Class begins with slow thorough barre work, followed by spacious movement exercises in center and traveling combinations across the floor. Emphasis is on body alignment, movement efficiency, and developing a safe practice that increases strength, ease and precision, as well as facilitating development of whole body movement and musicality.



Simone Louw, Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM (June 22-July 6)

Want to learn swing dance? Simone will be teaching the basics of footwork, turns, and a few special moves.  The goal of the class is to enable you to start enjoying dance right away.  After the first class, you should be comfortable sharing your new swing skills with friends!

The class works best when there are enough partners for everyone, but please feel free to join as a solo dancer.

$40 for the 3 week series. Or included in Class pass memberships.


For Men and Women
Joanne Bockemuehl-Jackson, Saturdays 2:00-3:00 PM (beginning August 5)
In this class beginner students will be introduced to all the basic aspects of Flamenco. Weekly classes will focus on footwork (as a percussion instrument), upper body coordination, understanding flamenco music and compás and proper posture and breathing. With consistent attendance, students will begin to develop the muscular strength, movement skills, artistic nuance and musicality necessary for flamenco dance.

10 Class Pass required

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Joanne Bockemuehl-Jackson, Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 PM (6/20, 7/11, 7/18; weekly beginning August 1)

Flamenco is proud and unique. The one who feels it cannot describe it, it hits the heart, not the intellect. Flamenco is not folklore- it is art. Flamenco is a global art form that is gaining great popularity. Originating with the gypsies in Andalucia, Flamenco has grown beyond the boundaries of Spain and is now well known all over the world. Flamenco dance and music embodies universal and genuine human emotion, which transcends culture to touch the souls of all people. Flamenco is an expression of love, passion and joy, but also of anger and great grief. In this class, students learn to express themselves with dramatic movements and skillful footwork as they come to understand the exciting rhythms and soulful songs of gypsy music. Flamenco offers a rich transformative experience and a life long journey of discovery, challenge and development.



Multi-level, inter-generational (Ages 13-17 must register for complete session)
Molly Christie Gonzales, Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 PM (June ONLY)

Explore traditional African dance in the many African-rooted dances of Haiti, Cuba and Brazil in this high-energy class. Students move through a warm up filled with yoga, isolations and rhythmic movement into a dance combination that travels across the floor. No prior experience is required for participation in this class. WITH LIVE DRUMMING AND SONG!



Inter-generational, ages 11+
Anna Masiero, Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM, No class 6/29

This Hip Hop class is about individual self expression. Through the introduction of Hip Hop fundamentals, students will explore the outer kinesphere of movement technique, body shapes, and rhythm, while investigating new language of expression within themselves.  In a safe, judgment free atmosphere, this class will guide students to connect two things: personal movement and self confidence. Come ready to move, to feel connected to the music, to experience the positive energy of Hip Hop in new ways, with yourself and others, and to learn! What to wear to Hip Hop Class



Susan Eisley, Wednesdays 7:15-9:15 PM

Scottish Country Dancing is an ancestor of American contra dancing and a cousin to English country dancing. It is “set” dancing in that the dances are done in groups of dancers who interact with each other as they perform figures similar to those found in contra dancing and square dancing. Dances are done to jigs, reels, and a slower tempo called “strathspey”.

*This class is not included in the Berkshire Pulse Community Class Program. A $7 per class fee is directly due the instructor.



Lindsey Berkowitz, Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 PM; Saturdays 10:30-11:30 AM

A workout disguised as a party! Follow along for an up-beat and energetic fitness experience. Absolutely no experience necessary – plenty of fun for all. Awesome, international style rhythms and movements, to learn and enjoy. Have a blast doing something great for your body and your soul.



Mimi Rosenblatt, Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 9:00-10:30 AM

Get your groove on with this fun, playful high-energy class. Easy to follow dance steps, retro-aerobics and kickboxing moves are combined with intervals of resistance training to create a pumping, thumping, innovative work-out. Emphasis is on cardio-vascular endurance, co-ordination, muscular strength and endurance, balance and flexibility. Groove to a hot musical mix of current hits, world-beat, disco, soul, funk and rock. Stretch segment completes the whole body workout with anatomically friendly exercises that support healthy alignment, use of breath and positive energy as you enter your day. This class has it all! (please bring your own mat)



Ryoko Kudo, Mondays 8:00-9:00 AM; Wednesdays 5:15-6:15 PM

Pilates is designed to strengthen the body’s core by developing pelvic stability, abdominal control, builds co-ordination, improves flexibility and joint mobility through slow, controlled movements and proper breathing. The body will redevelop its natural foundation, which is often hindered by poor posture and motor control issues resulting from modern day living, injury, illness or heredity. This concentration of work, connecting the mind-body through breath and awareness results in more fluid, efficient movements. By combining elements of yoga, breath work, weight training and gymnastics, Pilates is a truly holistic form of exercise. READ MORE

Students should wear comfortable stretchy clothing. Yoga mats will be provided for those who do not have their own.

This is not your typical Pilates mat class. With emphasis on breathing and sensory awareness, this class is designed to restore, reintegrate, fine-tune your body and de-stress the mind. You will not be pumping the hundreds and straining your neck.
This class will improve your posture, cultivate kinesthetic awareness, and make your body feel yummy good!



Sifu Kathy Crowe and Sifu David Crowe, Mondays 6:15-7:30 PM; Fridays 10:30-12:15 AM

Manage stress and enhance your health, focus, balance and vitality with the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi. A unique form of “moving meditation,” tai chi calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Much of tai chi is practiced slowly and gently, ideal for people of all ages and health conditions. Classes will include qi gong (energy cultivation), along with stretching and conditioning exercises. Sifu Kathy Crowe and Sifu David Crowe are certified teachers of authentic Ch’ang style tai chi.

*This class is not included in the Berkshire Pulse Community Class Program. A per class fee is directly due the instructor.



Ages 15+
Tom Truss, Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM (June 22-August 8)

There are two kinds of acting improvisation: Short Form and Long Form. We will investigate both in this class.  Using theatre sports and games we will develop quick thinking, character development, story telling, confidence when taking risks, listening and responding to one’s intuition and working with others.  We will also use Ann Bogart’s Viewpoints to enable us to craft long form improvisations that have depth, nuance, variance and sophistication.  This class is perfect for actors, leaders, teachers, bosses, teens, shy people and anyone who wants to have fun while expanding their boundaries.  The course will end with an in-studio informal performance.

$120 for 8 class session or included in Pulse class pass memberships.

$17 drop in rate applies for one trial class only



Tom Truss, Saturdays 1:30-3:30 PM (June 24-August 12)

Improvisation can be exciting, scary, fun, challenging and rewarding.  In this course priority will be given to three facets of improvisation:

1) Investigating how our bodies move.  By focusing on this self-reflective aspect of improvisation we will deepen our understanding and relationship to our bodies while strengthening our technique.

2) Expanding our movement palette. Increasing the ways in which we can move gives us more “crayons” to draw upon when creating movement, expressing ourselves and performing.

3) Performing. The technique and craft of performing improvisation onstage is vastly different than improvising in a studio.

We will explore the ingredients that enable improvisation to be done onstage successfully.  This class is open to any level, any age and any experience.   The course will end with an in-studio informal performance for those interested in sharing there work.

Included in class pass memberships ($150 for 10 classes, $240 for 20 classes) $17 drop in rate applies for one trial class only