Acting Improv for Anyone
Thursdays 6:30-8:00 PM
Fridays 5:15-7:15 PM
Belly Dance Class
Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM Postponed until Spring
Saturdays 2:00-3:00 PM
Open Level, Experienced Beginners +, 14+
Ryoko Kudo, Mondays 6:00-7:30 PM (September 11-November 27, pre-registration required)
This 10 week series of open level modern dance class will be based in the Limón Style for dancers with previous dance experience. Focusing on coordination of breath and weight in terms of falling, rebounding, and suspending, we will explore movements with phrase work to warm up the body as an orchestra and then travel through space.
Be prepared to investigate! Dancers will gain a deeper understanding of different uses of effort to play with dynamic ranges, as well as clarify intensions and motivations as a platform for an in-depth dance experience.
Preregistration required for minimum 8 out of the 10 weeks to allow the group to have continuity and consistency for optimal growth.
BEGINNERS MODERN – DANCER WITHIN
Bettina Montano, 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.
Tom Truss, Saturdays 9:00-9:45 AM
For caregivers and children ages 15 months+
Dancing Together is a creative movement class for caregiver and child. Movement language expands through rhythmic exercises, use of props and joyful movement patterns, offering both child and caregiver the inspiring and fulfilling experience of dancing in a spacious and artistic environment. This class is a wonderful introduction to dance for caregivers and their toddlers and provides a comfortable transition from playful dance at home to studio for student’s who later enroll in Creative Movement and Foundation level Modern/Ballet classes in the Berkshire Pulse Performing Arts Program. Classes are offered on a class pass/drop in basis.
MODERN 3 – Advanced
Ian Spencer Bell, Saturdays 1:00-3:00 PM (September 16-October 21)
Tom Truss, Saturdays 1:00-3:00 PM (November 4-November 18 & December 2-9)
(Intergenerational, Age 15+)
Modern dance training at this level emphasizes technical and artistic work which encourages students to challenge themselves as emerging artists, self-assured athletes and responsible individuals fully committed to the process of creative and technical growth. Students will broaden their dance vocabulary with new and increasingly difficult technique while continuing to develop strength, flexibility, alignment and musicality. In addition, students will be challenged to push the limits of their stamina, strength and focus, and inspired to deepen their understanding of the art of performance and the rewards of physical practice at this level. Group awareness and a conscientious mind-set are expected at all times. Participants of this class have the opportunity to study with visiting teaching artists regularly throughout the year and are invited to participate in workshops at other studios in the region.
BALLET CLASSES FOR ADULTS & TEENS
GENTLE BEGINNERS BALLET
Kendra Lassor, Thursdays 9:00-10:15 AM (begins November 2)
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 positions 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.
Ryoko Kudo, Wednesdays 6:00-7:15 PM
Advanced Beginners/Intermediate Level
This class will be geared towards dancers fairly new to ballet, and those looking to deepen their training at a basic level. Class will start with a gentle warm up, barre work, center, and phrases across the floor while focusing on proper alignment, flexibility, coordination and musicality. Feel free to work at your own pace, ask questions, and most importantly, enjoy the process of fine tuning your body and mind for a graceful and fun dance experience.
Paula Modaferri, Saturdays 9:00-10:30 AM
Open-Level (previous experience & basic ballet knowledge helpful)
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.
Inter-generational, ages 13+
Anna Masiero, Fridays, 5:45-7:00 PM
No Class November 3rd
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
SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE*
Susan Eisley, Wednesdays 7:15-9:15 PM
No Class November 22, December 20-January 3
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”.
INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO
For Men and Women
Joanne Bockemuehl-Jackson, Saturdays 2:00-3:00 PM
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.
Joanne Bockemuehl-Jackson, Tuesdays, 5:15-6:30 PM
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)
Kim Waterman, Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 PM
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!
Multi-level, Inter-generational ages 14+
Fiona Slattery, Mondays 6:30-7:30 PM Postponed until Spring
In this class students will learn the exciting and ever-growing art of belly dance. We will focus on executing movements with precision and strength with a focus on healthy posture. Students will also learn strengthening exercises as well as warm-up and cool-down movements to increase flexibility and circulation. This class is open to people of all ages and dance abilities.
Fusion bellydance is a modern interpretation of the world’s oldest dance. Fiona’s particular style uses traditional bellydance as its foundation and adapts movements from modern dance, Jazz, traditional Eastern folk and early Western dances. Fusion Dance is unique as it allows each student to create their own vocabulary and unique take on bellydance. Focusing on the art of expression through movement, tribal fusion is an empowering dance that is growing in popularity all over the world.
Lindsey Berkowitz, Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 PM; Saturdays 10:40-11:40 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.
CARDIO- GROOVE COMBO & STRETCH
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!
Ryoko Kudo, Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 PM
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!
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.
BERKSHIRE TAI CHI
Sifu Kathy Crowe and Sifu David Crowe, Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM; Fridays 10:30-12:15 AM
No Class November 24 or December 29
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.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
Tom Truss, Second Saturday of the month, 3:30-5:30 PM
Curious about how to deepen your relationship to your body and how to increase coordination, stamina, poise, flexibility and balance? The Alexander Technique provides a brilliant body of information that is taught at over 100 colleges and conservatories in the States including Juilliard, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Yale, Barnard, New England Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival and now PULSE! Each monthly workshop will cover the basic principles of the Alexander Technique through solo and duo exercises, hands on work with Tom Truss and games. With the $25 per workshop fee, workshop participants will also receive two private Alexander “mini sessions” with Tom at Pulse throughout the month. Hours for mini-sessions will be Thursdays 12-3:30 in studio C, 3:30-6 in the music room, before and after most of Tom’s classes – and feel free to stop him in the halls for some help as well if he’s taking class. Check out this link for more information about the Alexander Technique http://www.amsatonline.org/
Tom Masters, Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Multi-level, inter-generational (Ages 13+)
Learn the basics of being a part of a musical theatre company. Through the warm-up and across the floor exercises, students will develop their technique as a foundation. Choreography taught familiarizes students with basic musical theatre vocabulary, promotes self-confidence, and allows each student to develop their performance skills in an encouraging environment. Pieces are chosen from classic musicals, and often incorporate blocking, partnering, scene, song and dance.
Tom Masters, Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 PM
Multi-level, inter-generational (Ages 13+)
Tap is all about rhythm, footwork. Use your feet as a percussion “instrument” to create sounds as you dance. Key elements in tap class are timing, rhythm, and musicality. A variety of tap styles including Broadway tap and Rhythm tap will be taught. This class is for all levels of tap dancers, so shuffle on in and makes a joyful noise!
ACTING IMPROV FOR ANYONE
Tom Truss, Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM
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.
CONTACT IMPROV CLASS & JAM
Tom Truss, Fridays, 5:15-7:15 PM
Contact Improvisation is a dance form rooted in sharing weight while investigating momentum and a moving point of contact. It’s part touch, physics, listening, trust, support, risk taking and body awareness. CI can be slow and gentle, athletic and raucous and anything in-between depending on the skill and mood of the movers. A Contact dance can look like Akido, salsa, wrestling, tango, Tai Chi and puppies playing. Any age, size and ability can do CI. See a video of Tom in a CI duet here.
Contact Improv Class, every 1st & 3rd Friday, $17 or class pass
Classes will include a variety of solo, duet and group movement explorations that increase kinesthetic awareness while building the improvisational and technical skills needed to do Contact. Throughout class, students will work with multiple partners including the teacher receiving specific feedback. CI is an excellent way to improve your core strength, coordination, trust, proprioceptors, physical and mental agility and state of being. Class will always end with a dance Jam where CI principles can be investigated and applied. 10 times out of 10 you will feel different and better after doing CI.
Contact Improv Jam, every 2nd & 4th Friday, sliding scale $5-$10
A Contact Improv Jam is a dedicated place where people gather to explore movement, dance and Contact Improvisation. Each participant decides for themselves how much they want to move and engage with others. Most often there is no leader or music, but rather movers rely on their inner impulse, external stimuli and connection with others to fuel what happens next. A Contact Jam can look and feel like a variety of things from recess, a seance and bee hive, to a mosh pit, folk dancing and underwater disco depending on the mood of the movers assembled. At a Jam you can dance the whole time or just for a brief moment, you are in charge.