Community Classes for ADULTS & TEENS

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class descriptions modernballet • dance & musical theater • fitness



Open Level, Experienced Beginners+, 14+

Ryoko Kudo and Bettina Montano, Mondays 6:00-7:30 PM 


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.



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 10:00-10:45 AM

For caregivers and children ages four and up; Jan. 27 – May 19, 2018

Family Dance is a creative movement class for caregiver and child ages four and up. To the background of fun music in a loving environment, you and your child’s movement language will expand through basic exercises, stretching, partnering games, improvisation and the making of dances. This class is a wonderful introduction to dance for caregivers and their children and provides a comfortable transition from playful dance at home to studio for students who may later enroll in Intro to Dance and the Foundation level Modern/Ballet classes in the Berkshire Pulse Performing Arts Program. Classes are offered on a seasonal basis.


Ze’eva Cohen, Bettina Montano and Laurie Freedman, Saturdays 1:00-3:30 PM 

Adult participants may purchase a 10-class or 20-class Community Class Pass to participate.

Introductory rehearsal, Saturday, Jan 13, 1-3:00 PM

Intergenerational, Age 14+

“Sharing of the Water” Choreographed by Dancer/Choreographer/Educator Ze’eva Cohen

Repertory Workshop, Spring 2018

This repertory workshop will encompass the restaging of Ze’eva Cohen’s piece “Sharing of the Water.” The cast will be comprised of 10 or more dancers including intermediate/advanced level 3 Pulse students ages 14+ and adult women performers of mixed ages.

The subject of “Sharing of the Water” is migration and the yearning for a land that is a safe home. The choreography suggests peace making and reconciliation between a tight-knit community and a lone figure, representing a foreigner, a refugee, and “the other.” As danced to an Israeli/Middle Eastern song sung by Ofra Haza, the piece depicts a unified community of women that is shattered due to a man-made or a natural calamity from which a bond, for survival’s sake, is made between remnants of that group and the stranger.  The piece is performed by women. The movement material is derived from Middle Eastern and Modern Dance traditions, unique to Ze’eva’s heritage and style.

In addition to learning a new movement style and artistic sensibility, students will have the opportunity to experience and understand that dance can represent a human situation and bring about new thinking and change.

Rehearsals and performances will take place as follows:


Saturday, Jan 13: Introductory rehearsal 1-3:00 PM with Ze’eva

Saturdays, Jan 27-May 19:  1-3:30 PM Warm up class/rehearsal with Bettina Montano and Laurie Freedman

Rehearsals with Ze’eva:
Jan 20, Feb 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 7, 1:30-3:30 PM
Wed, Thurs, and Fri April 18, 19, 20, 5:30-7:30 PM
Sat, April 21, May 12, 1:30-3:30 PM

Tech Rehearsals and Performances:
Thurs, May 24: Tech rehearsal at theater (evening time TBD)
Fri, May 25: Dress rehearsal (evening time TBD)
Sat and Sun May 26-27: Matinee performances 2 PM at Simon’s Rock Daniel Arts Center
Saturday June 9: Community Day at Jacobs Pillow (Time TBD)

When Ze’eva is not in residence Bettina will offer weekly warm-up/class on Saturdays from 1-2:15 (optional for adult participants) and Laurie Freedman will conduct rehearsals from 2:15-3:30PM. When Ze’eva is in residence, there will be a warm up from 1:00-1:30 and then Ze’eva will conduct rehearsal until 3:30 PM.





Kendra Lassor, Fridays 9:00-10:15 AM

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.


Advanced Beginners/Intermediate Level
Ryoko Kudo, Wednesdays 6:00-7:15 PM

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

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


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

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”.


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.

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More information on taking a Flamenco dance class


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 13+
Tom Masters, Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM

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.


Bettina Montano, Thursdays, 9:00-10:15 AM

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!




*Included in the New 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Lindsey Berkowitz, Mondays & 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.


*Included in the New 10-Class Fitness Pass!

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.



*Included in the New 10-Class Fitness Pass!

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

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.


*Included in the New 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Sunie Gorey, Wednesday mornings, 9:00 – 10:15 AM

With 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.


Four Saturdays, next session dates TBD, 2-3:30 PM

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

Spots are limited, pre-registration required. Reserve your spot by contacting us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or (413) 274-6624. 

$80 for 4 weeks (1.5 hours each meeting)

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.


*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

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.


*$25 per workshop fee, includes one half-hour “mini session” with Tom at Pulse to be scheduled at the workshop.

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. In addition, workshop participants will receive one free half hour session with Tom to be scheduled at the workshop. Check out this link for more information about the Alexander Technique http://www.amsatonline.org/


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.