Tom Masters teaches Broadway Jazz, Tap, Modern and Dance for Boys at Berkshire Pulse for the Community Classes & Performing Arts Program. He has a really fun rapport with his students and inspires confidence, freedom and musicality. Tom’s Broadway Jazz is so fun and you can enjoy the class if you have dance experience or not. Tom draws on the styles of the great Broadway and Hollywood dancers/choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins and Gene Kelley to name a few. He teaches movement and then encourages his dancers to “make it your own” which requires more than just getting the steps, but pulls out the performer in you – all the while bringing a little comedy with stories from his own life on the stage. It’s great to watch everyone’s personality come forth. And, you have such a good time you don’t even realize how hard you are working.
Though the video below has mostly teens, many adults also study with Tom. The Broadway Jazz class is for anyone who likes to move, would like to learn more of the musical theater style, become more confident on stage or just enjoy dancing! It is mood lift anytime. Tom choreographs for some of the local school plays and in the video are some of his theater students.
Tom Masters holds an MS in Special Education from The City College of New York and a BS in elementary education with a concentration in dance and movement for elementary school children. As a performer he has danced with The Park Avenue Dance Company in Rochester, NY, The Alvin Ailey Student Ensemble in New York City, and with various musical theatre productions both nationally and internationally. He has taught dance and creative movement since 1990. Most recently he was on staff at the Center for Kinesthetic Movement in NYC as an educational tutor using dance to teach literacy, and using movement to increase the attention span of students with ADHD.
Tom is well trained in jazz, tap, theatrical dance, as well as classic modern Humphery-Weidman technique. More class & stage pics below to show his range of style and working with all ages and levels.
Dance for Boys 1 (ages 10+) core strength training in Dance for Boys level 1 class
Modern 3 – advanced modern students spring 2016 moving across the floor using the rise and fall of the breath
Tap performance 2016 Gala
Multi-generational Musical Theater performance 2016 Pulse Gala