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Workshops & Events


July 

African Dance (4 class package, single classes available)

Ballet Workshops & Repertory (4 class package or 2 single classes)

Isadora Duncan Workshop (4 class package)

August

Fathers, Sons, & Other Guys (1 class)

Week-Long Movement Workshop for Boys and Men (6 class package)


AFRICAN DANCE  –  Register

Multi-level, inter-generational (Ages 12-adult)

Taught by Diata Diata

Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 PM, July 3, 17, 24, 31

$80 for 4 classes
$60 for remaining 3 classes, or $22 per class
$5 off class total for additional family members and current Pulse students

Explore traditional African dance in this high-energy class. Students move through a warm up using 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!


Community Ballet Workshop – Register

A guest teacher from the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre in NYC; see Sophie’s full bio here. A fun, challenging ballet class based on musicality, fifth position, speed, and various dynamics. The class emphasizes clean technique while also incorporating an artistic quality of movement.
  • Fri., July 20, 2-3:30 PM, included only when signing up for the 4-session package, $80 (pre-reg. required; Intermediate to Advanced dancers)
  • Sat., July 21, 10-11:30 AM Workshop, $17 walk-in or included in Pass (Open Level, no beginners)
  • Sat., July 28, 10-11:30 AM Workshop, $17 walk-in or included in Pass (Open Level, no beginners)
In the repertory session students will learn original choreography to an original music composition by Wayne Alpern. The choreography calls for artistry, dancing to various musical timings and dynamics, and dancing both as an individual and a cohesive group.
  • Sat., July 28, 11:30-1:00 PM Repertory, for those participating in the 4-session package (Intermediate to Advanced dancers)
RSVP Required! Email or phone: berkshire.pulse@gmail.com, 413-274-6624.

Isadora Duncan Workshop Series – Register

July 30-August 2, daily, 2:30-3:30 PM
4-class Workshop
$80, pre-registration required
Intermediate and Advanced level students

Join us for this immersive workshop in the technique and repertoire of legendary dance innovator, Isadora Duncan. An unconventional genius in her time, Duncan created works which have retained their vitality and relevance to today’s movers. Considered by many to be the mother of modern dance, Duncan developed a specific dance technique which involves initiating movement from the solar plexus. Her choreography draws on elements of nature, Greek myths, and themes of love and loss. We will experience the breath/flow of the technique and explore different facets of Isadora’s choreography.

See the teacher bios here.


Fathers, Sons, & Other Guys (Movement Workshop) – Register

Vincent Thomas

August 12, 3:30-5 PM
$20 Adult, $10 Youth

This is a fun and rich bonding experience for men, teens, and boys to explore their values and negotiate consciousness around masculinity. In this physically engaging workshop, fathers and sons, extended family, and individuals will explore verbal conversations and physical conversations around the topic of Masculinity. What is it? What is it not? How did you learn about it or come to know it? What do you/will you pass on about masculinity? Using movement games and structures to enhance and further the discussions, participants will unearth assumptions, truths, and myths about their personal and societal views of masculinity. This workshop gives you a unique opportunity to spend time together with other men and boys.

For Men, teens, and boys of all backgrounds (no prior movement or dance skills required). Fathers (and/or male guardians) may come with one or more sons, as well as individual guys interested in exploring this topic.

This workshop kicks off a week-long program “Movement Workshop for Boys and Men”, Monday,  Aug. 12 – Friday, Aug. 17.  This Sunday session sold separately (see above), or free as part of the week-long program.

See a video about the Movement Enhancement for Men program here: https://vimeo.com/275548988

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


Week-Long Movement Workshop For Boys and Men – Register

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*
*Tuition Assistance is available for this 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.

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. 13 – Friday, Aug. 17.  The Sunday session is sold separately, or free as part of this week-long program.

See a video about the Movement Enhancement for Men program here: https://vimeo.com/275548988

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

 


Other Workshops


YOGA – BEGINNERS WORKSHOP (4-Week Series)

Sunie Gorey

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

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

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

$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.

Past Workshops & Events


Kimball Farms Performance

FREE!

First Performance: June 10, 2018; 1:30 PM
235 Walker Street Lenox, MA 01240

Young Choreographers Initiative (YCI) & Kimball Farms Collaboration!

We’ve been working with Kimball Farms, the assisted living facility in Lenox, on a program that matches residents with members of our YCI. They’re creating pieces combining poetry, prose and movement to tell the seniors’ life stories. Performances are planned at Kimball Farms, Pulse’s studios and other area venues late spring/early summer.

To donate funding for this program, please click here and write “Kimball” in the notes area.


Call for Dancers!

First meeting/rehearsal: Saturday, March 24 at 4:00 PM

Dancers are needed for a structured improvisational modern dance supporting the West Stockbridge Historic Society.

Award winning choreographer Rozann Kraus is creating a work for an outdoor event in a fundraiser for the West Stockbridge Historical Society. The piece will be a combination of modern choreography and sophisticated improvisation, to be performed on Friday, 8 June, 2018, 5:00pm at Turn Park, a 14-acre piece of heaven in West Stockbridge. She’s looking for diverse dancers with solid modern technique, varied performance experience, an openness to experimentation and a sense of humor. There will be at most 4 rehearsals, to be arranged based on availabilities, during April and May.

Questions to: Rozann@Rozann.net


FREE! Family Show at Berkshire Pulse ,”TOP BANANAS!”

Bring the kids! Nutshell Playhouse kicks up its heels at Berkshire Pulse!

Sunday, March 25 at 1:00 PM
Free!

TOP BANANAS!  is  a fantasy filled performance of visual and musical delights, with special guests Annie Anaconda the singing snake, Engelburt, the morphing storyteller, Zesty with her melodious saw, tap dancing by Nemonee, a motley crew of instruments played by Donut, brand spanking new songs, and of course, our usual abundance of frolicsome shenanigans. Performed by Berkshire County Actors Stefanie Lynx Weber, Maizy Broderick Scarpa and Mark Hohlstein with live music by Don Jordan. Supported by the Great Barrington Cultural Council.

Nutshell Playhouse is committed to bringing imaginative live theater to diverse audiences. If cost is a concern, please reach out to us. Together we can develop a plan to fund a performance for your community. Let’s encourage each other and keep these unique offerings on the map and available for all.  www.nutshellplayhouse.org


ZUMBATHON! ZUMBA FUNDRAISER FOR DRUMS

Saturday, March 3rd, 2-4:00 PM
Live Drumming 4-4:30 PM
Adults: $25, students 18 years and under: $15
Pre-Register by calling or emailing berkshire.pulse@gmail.com

Zumba with special guest instructor, Tuan Nguyen, and your favorite Pulse teachers Lindsey Berkowitz, Erin Naylor, Kim Waterman!

Plus boogie to live drumming 4:00-4:30 PM with Rick Shrum and Pulse drummers!

Whether you dance for the entire time, or just drop in and out of the studio, join us for refreshments and fun.

All proceeds go to buying new drums for Pulse’s World Music and Dance Program and In-School Programs!

If you can’t join us, you can still support our drum fundraiser by clicking here!


DISTILLING DANCE: A workshop investigating the embodiment of movement and the choreographic process

With Moscelyne ParkeHarrison and Sean Lammer

For Teens & Adults ages 14+, Intermediate Level

March 9, 2018,  3:45-6:45PM

COST: An additional $10 fee for the teens that are already part of the level 3 ballet class on that afternoon. All other students pay $20.

Moscelyne ParkeHarrison (Berkshire Pulse Alum) and Sean Lammer will lead a workshop influenced by their shared experiences in the dance world. Throughout their training and experience working with choreographers they have learned about the importance of embodying movement, and supplying one’s own creative voice in a choreographic process. Their objective is to expand the minds and bodies of young dancers through the exploration of his/her own range of motion. They aim to instill a sense of the inquisitive nature required of making dance as well as a new sensitivity to art and the creative process. With a loose frame in place, each dancer/thinker will be free explore how he/she fits into the workshop as an individual.

The three-part workshop includes a guided improvisation warm up focused on giving new sensory meaning to familiar technical ideas; a base phrase for a duet which they performed at Juilliard, and plan to dance in the Emerging choreographers Gala at Berkshire Pulse in May, for the participants to feel confident in their execution and individual interpretation of the phrase; and with coaching students will develop their own version of the phrase, and share their discoveries via movement.

 

MOSCELYNE PARKEHARRISON & SEAN LAMMER

Distilling Dance: A workshop investigating the embodiment of movement and the choreographic process

March 9, 2018

Moscelyne ParkeHarrison

Moscelyne began her dance training in the thriving artistic atmosphere of the Berkshires. She attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she received a broad dance education, as well as the opportunity to choreograph works for the student choreography showcases. She is now a rising third year at the Juilliard School where she has had the pleasure of performing new works by Helen Simoneau, Katatzyna Skarpetowska, and Roy Assaf, as well as the repertoire of José Limón, and Nacho Duato. In addition to main stage performances she partakes in outreach programs, student choreography workshops, and collaborative processes with composers. She is a Gluck Community Fellow, a volunteer for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, and a past member of the PEPS Ensemble. Last year she served as a Residence Life Assistant in the Meredith Rose Wilson Residence Hall.

During her summers Moscelyne has studied in a variety of programs including: Peridance BLUEPRINT, Ballet Austin, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, Vail Valley Dance Intensive, River North Dance Chicago, Movement Invention Project, Northwest Dance Project, The Graham Workshop, Doug Varone and Dancers, Stephen Petronio Company at the Skidmore Summer Workshops. At these programs she has had the opportunity to perform works by Jiří Kylián, Martha Graham, Sidra Bell, George Balanchine, Frank Chavez, Igal Perry, Ihsan Rustem, Elijah Labay. In addition to performing Moscelyne enjoys choreographing and collaborating with other artists. She has choreographed two main stage pieces for Walnut Hill’s New Works program. A piece of her choreography was recently performed at Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors concert, as well as ChoreoComp. This past year she had the opportunity to perform the solo “Pitch Pause Please” by Robert Dekkers, to the score of Samuel Carl Adams. She performed this solo along with the percussionist Tyler Cunningham. Most recently Moscelyne had the opportunity to attend the Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Ensemble Program. She performed original works by Marguerite Donlon, and Jae Man Joo, and performed an excerpt of Bill T. Jone’s D-Man in the Waters on the Inside/Out stage.

Sean Lammer

Sean began dancing at the age five in his hometown of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 2012, with the pursuit of concentrating his studies, he transferred to Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He graduated in 2015. He has spent summers studying at Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet (2010-2012), Alonzo King LINES Ballet (2013), Pacific Northwest Ballet (2014), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (2015), and Arts Umbrella (2016). Currently, Sean is in his third year at The Juilliard School in New York City where he’s worked closely with choreographers Zack Winokur, Helen Simoneau, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and Roy Assaf. He has also performed repertoire by José Limón and Nacho Duato. While at Juilliard, Sean has discovered an interest in outreach and teaching. Sean is currently a Gluck Community Fellow.
In the past he took part in the 10th Juilliard/New Orleans exchange where he accompanied a small group of Juilliard artists to New Orleans, Louisiana to teach, perform, and work closely with the Habitat for Humanity organization. Sean also joined another group of Juilliard artists in Osceola County, Florida, where he spent two weeks teaching dance at a program called stART. Both programs share a mission of creating positive change through art.

 


REPERTORY – MODERN 3 – Advanced
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:

Classes/Rehearsals:

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.


Sereena Hunter

Friday, December 22nd
6-8PM

Hip Hop class for teens and adults
all levels ages 12+ $20 or included in your community class pass if you have one.

Pre-registration is NOW and confirms your place in this class.
So, call or email Pulse and let us know you are coming!

Young Choreographers Initiative Presentation

Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2 pm

Please join us for a very special presentation of work created by our YCI under the guidance of dance making teacher Susan Quinn.

Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park Street, Housatonic, MA

413.274.6624


Open Studio Week

December 13-21,  2017 

December 13-21 is our annual Performing Arts Program OPEN STUDIO period.  This is a time to observe your child in class and also a wonderful opportunity for students and friends to observe each other’s classes. Interested prospective students may also visit to observe at this time. New community class members get the added bonus of trying 1 FREE class


Berkshire Pulse | 420 Park Street, Housatonic, MA | 413.274.6624