Summer Youth Programs


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

Picnic Lunches at Housatonic Park

Inspiring teachers – Supportive staff

RHYTHM ALIVE! — Application Rhythm Alive

Open Level
For ages 8 and up

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


This is a program dedicated to hearing, seeing, feeling, exploring, learning and creating rhythm. Daily  classes  will  include  Hand  drumming,  African  Dance,  Tap  and  Hip  Hop.  Classes  are  open  for observation throughout the last day of this program.  No previous experience is required.

*(Tuition Assistance is available for qualified applicants.)


DANCE DISCOVERY PROGRAM — Application Dance Discovery

Beginners and Advanced Beginner Level I
Ages 10-13

July 2-13, 2018 (no class July 4)
Monday – Friday,
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 for qualified applicants.)


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


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.



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