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 MODERN & CONTEMPORARY • BALLET • DANCE & MUSICAL THEATER • FITNESS


MODERN & CONTEMPORARY


Contemporary • Modern


 

DANCER WITHIN (MODERN)

Beginner/Open Level Modern
Bettina Montano, Thursdays 9:00-10:15 AM **Resumes Sept. 6, 2018**

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 MODERN

Tom Truss
Open level, ages 13+
Start date TBD

This modern class can be tailored to work for all levels.  We will find the joy of movement through awareness, kindness to the body and re-awakening the dancer within .  Each class will have a different focus such as, alignment, connecting the arms to the back, awareness of tension, shape vs moving through space, ease of locomotion, etc.  Classes will begin with investigating the theme of the day through improvisation that will lead to going across the floor, exercises in the center and a final combination.

CONTEMPORARY

Open Level, Experienced Beginners+, 14+
Sayer Mansfield, Mondays 6:00-7:30 PM **Session ends August 20, 2018**

Upbeat and highly physical, this class will explore movement that goes beyond the traditional structures of modern dance. Drawing from her exposure to contemporary european forms and years dancing with Pilobolus Dance Theater, Sayer’s approach treats the body as a three dimensional, highly integrated source of power and virtuosity. Dancers will develop skills and comfortability moving on the floor, on their hands, upside down and in the air. Class will be structured to include an exploration of improvisation, body work and partnering techniques. At the peak of class the goal will be to build physical vigor and sweat through expansive phrase work. While this class will be physically demanding, the complexity of material is approachable and accessible for the advanced beginner mover. Participants should have an openness to new ideas and a willingness to push their physically boundaries. Supported by groovy playlists, we will work, sweat, play and find freedom in the body and mind.


BALLET


Beginners Experienced Beginners/IntermediateOpen Level


BALLET CLASSES FOR ADULTS & TEENS

BALLET

Beginners+
Kendra Lassor, Thursday 6:00-7:15 PM

An open-level class for students trying ballet for the first time, coming back to ballet, or wanting to continue their existing beginning-intermediate ballet practice. 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.

BALLET

Experienced Beginners/Intermediate Level

Sayer Mansfield, Wednesdays 6:00-7:15 PM **Session ends August 22, 2018**
Sayer Mansfield, Saturday mornings 10:00-11:30 AM **Session ends August 25, 2018**

 

This class is designed for all movers and bodies. We will work to develop clear technique and skill inside the traditional structure of classical ballet. Developing foundational alignment principles, each class will begin at the barre, move into center work and culminate in across the floor phrases. Sayer draws from 20 years of rigorous training with the Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Royal Academy of Dance in London. From a strong technical foundation and professional experience as a contemporary dancer, Sayer has an alternative approach to finding freedom and expansion within the classical ballet technique. Come and enjoy finding structural clarity, physical engagement and grace in your body.

BALLET

Open Level (previous experience & basic ballet knowledge helpful)
Micheline Weiler, Saturdays 9:00-10:30 AM **Starts Sept. 9, 2018**

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.

 

 

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DANCE & THEATER


Scottish Country Dance • Jazz • Journey Dance • Tap • Contact Improv


 

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE

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

Susan Eisley & Others, Wednesdays 7:15-9:15 PM
Ongoing

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”.

 

JAZZ

Bettina Montano, Tuesdays, 9:00-10:15 AM
Ongoing

A chance to re-fuel, invigorate and release, this class offers students an opportunity to explore the dynamic and sumptuous feeling of movement in a broad range of Jazz dance styles. After a thorough warm up, class will include practice of basic Jazz technique, isolations and rhythmic phrase work, in center practice, exercises across the floor and the study of movement combinations. This class is for anyone who wants to start the day moving, smiling and feeling good!

JOURNEY DANCE

Lindsey Belcher
Sept 11-Oct. 16, 2018
6-Week Introductory Session

JourneyDance™ is guided transformational movement created by Toni Bergins. It is about self-exploration and is a great workout for the dancer and non-dancer alike. Aspects of both shamanism and chakra healing lend to the enrichment of the class. Join to express yourself through dance and, maybe, find something unexpected.  For more info on Journey Dance please see JourneyDance.org.

TAP

Tom Truss
Beginner level, ages 13+
Start date TBD

This class will focus mainly on rhythm tap.  Students will learn a variety of standard steps to be put together into a combination that we will work on for 4 to 5 weeks.  Each week we will add on to the previous phrase so that we will have a sizable combination to dance.  Class will consist of warm ups, going across the floor, exploring a few hard tricks, working on the final combination and ending with improvising.   The music will range between jazz, ragtime and blues to current pop and no music at all. All tappers are welcome!

 

MONTHLY CONTACT IMPROV JAM

Tom Truss
Ages 13+
Meets every 4th Sunday of the month from 1-4 PM, start date TBD
A dedicated time and space where people can gather to explore Contact Improvisation at their own pace.  Each jam will begin with 45 minutes of guided investigation.  These investigations will range between solo explorations on the core principle of Contact to specific exercises that address weight sharing and lifts.  This guided portion will lay the foundation for the Jam and will open up to further investigating CI.  A Contact Jam can look and feel like a variety of things from a free-flowing playground at recess or a mosh pit to slow-motion disco or puppies rolling about; it all depends 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.

FITNESS


 Tai Chi • Zumbini • Zumba Jessica’s Awesome Zumba with PJ • PilatesYoga


BERKSHIRE TAI CHI 

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

Sifu Kathy Crowe and Sifu David Crowe, Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM; Fridays 9:30-11:00 AM
Ongoing

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.

Berkshire Tai Chi classes now include instruction in Dragon and Tiger Qigong, a simple yet very powerful set of movements designed to cultivate and move chi through the body. It is a 1,500-year-old self-healing movement system, based on the principles of acupuncture. Qigong, or energy work, helps develop good structure, vitality, balance and coordination, while gently increasing flexibility and stretching soft tissues of the body. Tai chi is a qigong form.

Sifu David Crowe’s study of Dragon and Tiger Qigong includes intensive training sessions with Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis, who brought this practice to the west after years of training in China.

ZUMBINI 

Lindsey Berkowtiz, Saturdays, 9:45-10:30 AM,  the Fall session is Sept. 7 – Dec. 8, 2018
Ages 0-5 with caregiver(s)


$125 for a package of 6 classes, take-home materials included!

Pulse is happy to offer Zumbini, a delightful class series in which the science of child development meets the magic of movement. Designed for children 1 to 5 years old and their caregivers, Zumbini combines music, dance and educational tools for 45-minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding and fun. With certified Zumba and Zumbini instructor Lindsey Berkowitz.

RSVP appreciated but not required: berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or 413-274-6624.
Register by phone 413-274-6624 or in-person.

 ZUMBA

*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Lindsey Berkowitz, Mondays & Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 PM; Saturdays 10:40-11:40 AM
Ongoing

A workout disguised as a party! Follow along for an upbeat 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.

JESSICA’S AWESOME ZUMBA WITH PJ

*This class is not included in the Berkshire Pulse Fitness Class Program. A $5 per class fee is due directly to Jessica.

PJ Birriel, Fridays, 6:00-7:30 PM
Jessica Hampton, Program Facilitator
Ongoing

Every class in this program provides the special needs community with physical and mental challenges, as well as socialization opportunities. Having fun through Zumba® based routines enhances health and wellness and acquaints participants with the enjoyment and benefits of regular exercise. This can ensure more successful responses in achieving everyday life-skills goals. Children and young adults with special needs have been disenfranchised in our society. Participation in Zumba®, the international craze that is sweeping the world, helps promotes socialization, integration, quality of life and joy. PJ’s classes are open to the dreamer in everyone. This class is open to EVERYONE! All skill levels welcomed. Leave your inhibitions at the door and let’s have fun!

Jessica’s Awesome Zumba with PJ is sponsored by Jessica Hampton and co-hosted by BRIDGE Women to Women program and Berkshire Pulse.

PILATES 

*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Ryoko Kudo, Monday & Wednesday evenings
Class is re-starting Spring 2019

This is not your typical Pilates mat class. With an 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 coordination, 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.

http://www.ryokokudo.com/testimonials.html

 YOGA – OPEN LEVEL

*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Erin Naylor, Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM
Ongoing

This alignment-based yoga is a wonderful way to build balance, flexibility and strength while encouraging self-care and relying on breath. This class can be for everyone whether you are a beginner student, new to practicing yoga or someone looking to deepen their own personal practice. Yoga is a wonderful way to wake up the mind as well as the body.

YOGA – ALL LEVELS 

*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Sunie Gorey, Thursdays. 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Starting June 14, 2018

All levels welcome!

Whether this is your first or two hundredth class, you’ll feel right at home here! With an emphasis on basic alignment and foundations, asana (postures), pranayama (breath exercises) and meditation are broken down for greater understanding and exploration of the body. Questions and requests are encouraged. Detailed instruction is provided, and All are welcome.

SUNIE YOGA – BEGINNERS WORKSHOP (4 WEEK SERIES) 

Four Saturdays, next session dates TBD, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Spots are limited, pre-registration required.

$80 for 4 weeks (1.5 hours each meeting)

** Be notified when the next workshop is happening! Email us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com **

Have you been wanting to try yoga, but aren’t ready to jump into a regular class?  Join Sunie for the basics. Learn the fundamentals of yoga: A history and philosophy, Foundational postures (asana) and Breath exercises (pranayama). Exploring the body and breath will allow you to begin to experience the full meaning of yoga, the union of mind, body and soul. Each session will build upon the next. Sunie will provide you with a home practice that you will feel safe working through on your own. You will learn how to modify postures to suit your body’s needs.  You will learn to slow your mind down and discover the depth of breath. This workshop will prepare you for our Gentle and Advanced Beginners Yoga classes at Pulse.

 

 


Community Classes

Community classes: Age 13+ unless otherwise noted

$17 Drop-in class fee

$150 for 10-Class Community Pass (applies to Community and Fitness classes)

$240 for 20-Class Community Pass (applies to Community and Fitness classes)

$100 for 10-Class Fitness Pass (applies to Fitness classes only: Pilates, Zumba, Yoga)

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Community Class Policies

For questions and further information please contact us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or 413.274.6624.