(Go to – 2017 REGISTRATION Forms & Info)
Level 2 and 3, ages 12+
Tuesdays 3:45-5 PM &
January 19- May 18
Thursdays 8:15-9:15 AM
& Saturdays 9:15-10:15 AM
The LIMÓN REPERTORY CLASS
(Intermediate adults & LEVEL 3 teens)
BEGINNERS MODERN – DANCER WITHIN
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.
Advanced Beginner Level
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.
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)
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.
The LIMÓN REPERTORY CLASS NEW CLASS!!
Ryoko Kudo – Wednesdays 5:30-7:30
(Intermediate adults and Pulse Performing Arts Program LEVEL 3 teens) A full session commitment is required for this class.
In this special workshop series students will experience the modern dance technique and repertory of renowned dancer and choreographer José Limón. In the repertory section of the class, dancers will be immersed in Limón’s rich choreographic works and will have the chance to experience his vision from within. We will be working on a section from “A Choreographic Offering” which Limón choreographed in 1964 for his mentor Doris Humphrey to A Musical Offering by Bach. Dancers will gain a deeper understanding of Limón’s artistry and choreographic genius through investigation of his themes, motivations and intentions. As the dancers apply their artistry as vehicle for his vision, the works themselves will also become a vehicle for the dancers to get to know themselves and expand their artistry. Special thanks to The José Limón Dance Foundation for their support in making this program possible
BALLET CLASS for ADULTS – GENTLE BEGINNERS
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)
Ione Beauchamp , Saturday AM – Sarah Daunt, Thursday PM
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.
JAZZ & TAP
(Intergenerational, Ages 12+)
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.
TAP 1 Beginner/Advanced Beginner
(Intergenerational, ages 10+)
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!
Multi-level, inter-generational (Ages 13-17 must register for complete session)
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!
INTRODUCTION TO FLAMENCO
For Men and Women
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.
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.
HIP HOP NEW CLASS!!
Thursday 6:30-7:30PM, January 19- May 18
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*
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”.
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
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)
PILATES NEW CLASS!!
Thursdays 8:15-9:15 AM & Saturdays 9:15-10:15 AM (beginning January 26)
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
BERKSHIRE TAI CHI
Sifu Kathy Crowe and Sifu David Crowe
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.