Summer Youth Programs


Download: Tuition Assistance Application

Spacious and beautiful state of the art studios with central air conditioning

Picnic Lunches at Housatonic Park

Inspiring teachers – Supportive staff

Rhythm Alive! ∙ Dance Discovery ∙ Dance Intensive ∙ Theatre Intensive

  Movement Enhancement for Boys and Men

Zumbini   Register

Ages 1-5
6 classes of your choice, June 9-Aug. 11 (no class July 28)
Saturdays, 9:45-10:30 AM

$125 for 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.

RHYTHM ALIVE!   Registration: Rhythm Alive!

No experience required
Ages 8+

June 25-29, 2018
Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM


A program dedicated to learning, hearing, seeing, feeling, and creating rhythm. Includes Tap, Drumming, Hip Hop and African Dance.


DANCE DISCOVERY PROGRAM   Registration: Dance Discovery

Beginners and Advanced Beginner Level I
Ages 10-13

July 2-13, 2018 (no class July 4)
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
*Orientation/Placement Class – Sat., June 30, 3:30-5:00 PM


This is a fun and adventurous expedition into the exciting and rewarding world of dance. Participants study Ballet and Modern dance technique, choreography, and multicultural dance forms daily throughout the two week program. Classes are taught by Berkshire Pulse Performing Arts Program and guest faculty. This program offers an inspiring opportunity for new students to be introduced to dance and for experienced beginners to further develop their skills.

Tuition Assistance is available. 

Dance-Acro for Boys Register

Ages 12+
July 2, 3, 5,6, 10, 12; 1:45-3:00 PM
This highly physical, athletic class will focus on using gravity and momentum to find ways of moving in and out of the floor, upside down and in the air. This is a challenging class with a spirit of exploration and risk taking, both physically and performatively. We will develop acrobatic skills, explore partnering techniques, and expand physical strength and capacity. Come ready to sweat, learn new tricks and have some serious fun.

DANCE INTENSIVE PROGRAM — Application: Dance Intensive

Level II and III (Advanced beginner II-Intermediate/Advanced)
Ages 12+

July 16 – August 3, 2018
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Orientation is Sunday July 15, 3:30-5:00 PM

$1,000 for the three week program
Or $400 for the first week only (first week only students will not perform)

Dancers, are you ready for more? Join Berkshire Pulse for an inspiring and challenging three week dance experience. This program is for students who are currently studying dance and have participated in at least three years of Ballet training at an Advanced Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced level. Week 1 and 2 will focus on classwork. Classes will include Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary technique, Choreography, African, Hip Hop and Flamenco. Week 3 will focus on repertory and choreography and will culminate with performance.  A visit to Jacob’s Pillow will take place at some point during the Intensive.

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

Tuition Assistance is available.

THEATRE INTENSIVE – Application: Theatre Intensive

With Tom Truss and Jolyn Unruh

July 30 – August 17, 2018
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

$900 for the three week program
Or $400 for the first week only (first week only students will not perform)

For three weeks in August, come immerse yourself in a conservatory-style atmosphere in which you can focus on your training without the pressure of putting on a full-scale production. Our summer intensive is for actors, budding directors and playwrights 14-18 years old, who want to become better theatre artists by exploring the fundamentals of acting, movement, and story creation. Come develop your instrument (you!) while delving into the following:

Text Analysis: Learn to interpret an author’s intentions and connect to deeper layers of meaning through language and subtext.

Voice and Movement: Heighten your physical and vocal awareness and control.
Improvisation: Engage your imagination. Trust your impulses. Hone your craft through spontaneous play.

Devising Work: Collaborate on unscripted theatrical creations.

Scene Study: Apply your new skills to craft richly developed scene work.

A typical day includes 4 classes:
9-10:20 Improv for Actors or Movement Improvisation with the Dance Intensive at PULSE
10:30-12:00 Voice, Text Analysis or Movement for Actors
12-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Composition and devising work
2:00-3:30 Scene work

Participants will take part in BERKSHIRE PULSE’s Inaugural Crosswalk Performances where 45 second performances will take place as the traffic lights change in downtown Great Barrington. Invited participants will be able to join professional actors in a site-specific performance at PULSE in mid-August.

Tuition Assistance is available.


With Vincent Thomas

Open level
Ages 12-adult

Program begins on Sunday August 12, 3:30 – 5 PM with the “Fathers, Sons, & Other Guys” workshop, and continues Monday-Friday, August 13-17 with daily classes, 10:30 AM – Noon.

$120 for week long program, includes the Sunday workshop

Vincent will be leading a one-day workshop on Sunday, Aug. 12 “Fathers, Sons, & Other Guys” which kicks off this week-long program “Movement Enhancement for Boys and Men”, Monday,  Aug. 12 – Friday, Aug. 17. Sunday session sold separately, or free as part of the week-long program.

In this week-long program, classes will consist of movement techniques and explorations for dancing and a healthy well being, all geared for the male mover. The Brain Dance (Brain Compatible Dance Education) will be the anchor and foundation for each class. This program offers participants an opportunity to explore and develop new and exciting ways of moving in an inspiring, rigorous and supportive learning atmosphere. Program culminates with a sharing of movement material studied and created, Friday August 17 at noon.

To register, please email berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or call (413) 274-6624.

Tuition Assistance is available.

Intro to Dance

Ages 5-7
Watch this space for updates on the start date and times!

A playful approach to traditional technique, improvisation, shape and rhythm, music and story, balance and flow, this class is an ideal introduction to dance. The pleasure of movement is inspired while preparing students for continuation in the dance form of their choice. Requirements: Consistent attendance, appropriate classroom etiquette, and lots of enthusiasm!


Download – Tuition Assistance Application

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