Join Us at Chesterwood for a Performance (or 2)…

Our two-week Contemporary Intensive is officially underway, and we’re already excited to see what they’ve been working on…   

In fact, mark your calendars! At the end of the two-week intensive, will be a culminating presentation of student work, created in the beautiful sculptural gardens of Chesterwood. 

The presentation is free and open to all, and will take place on:

Friday, July 29th at 5pm at Chesterwood

(Rain date: Saturday, July 30th at 1pm)

We hope you’ll join us!

(poster artwork credit: Christopher Corr)

Arts Alive! presents: The Many Faces of Love

Berkshire Pulse faculty member Ian Spencer Bell will be performing Lori Belilove’s staging of Isadora Duncan’s Brahms Waltzes, The Many Faces of Love. The performance will take place on at 6:30pm on August 3rd & 4th at ChesterwoodBell dances the 110-year-old solo in the garden where Duncan herself danced for the French Family. 

Belilove, artistic director of Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation and Company, is a third-generation Duncan dancer and “the best, most devoted Duncan dancer in America” according to Dance Magazine. Pianist Lauren Aloia accompanies Bell. Also on the program is a new dance and poetry piece by Bell titled Rosing. An artist talk and champagne reception follows each performance.

Tickets are free for people under 21 years old, $15 for adults, $10 for Chesterwood members, and can be purchased at

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Our Ballet Intensive!

August 1st-6th

(Monday thru Saturday)


Group 1: advanced beginner/intermediate, ages 11-13

Group 2: intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 14+

Daily classes include ballet technique, pointe/pre-pointe/traditional male ballet technique, partnering, pilates, and artistry and variations. The program culminates with an informal sharing for families on the last day. 

Challenging all facets of the student’s artistry, our faculty will meet each artist where they are to refine their technical skills, strength, musicality, and foster their dynamic artistry. This year, our weeklong program will be led by a lineup of incredible teaching artists, including…  

We will also have two special guest speakers, Victoria Guy & Beth LaPierre.  

(*SPECIAL OFFER! Adults who wish to participate in just morning ballet are welcome to do so, as long as they are willing to commit to the full week of classes. Sign up here.)    

Our Studios Are Buzzing with Summer Intensives!

Summer Intensive season is finally in full swing! Here’s just a taste of what our jam-packed July schedule looks like: 

  • We are just wrapping up a fun, engaging, and challenging week of our Dance Discovery session.   
  • Our Hip Hop Intensive begins next week, which we couldn’t be more excited about. (Want to join? Scroll down for more info.) 
  • Our Contemporary Intensive starts on July 18th. Due to popular demand, we’ve decided to open up our Contemporary Intensive—as well as our August Ballet Intensive—to adults who are willing to commit to the entire program. If you’re interested, please feel welcome! 

Want to participate in any of our intensives? Click below to learn more and register!  


Adult dancers (18+) can now join individual morning or afternoon classes from the summer Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop/Street Styles Intensives!

This is a great option for adult dancers who can’t commit to a full day program, but crave a semi-intensive dance experience. Participants are required to commit to the daily class for the entire duration of the week or 2-week intensive. 

THIS SUNDAY! Authentic Movement Workshop

Sunday July 10th, 1-4:30pm

with Paula Josa-Jones

Authentic Movement is a meditative, intuitive, improvisational movement practice involving a mover and a witness. It is a practice of listening, attunement; slowing and opening to a deeper sensing of body and psyche. It was developed by dancer and psychotherapist Mary Starks Whitehouse, who, following her work with Carl Jung, became curious about moving without intention, or the practice of “waiting to be moved.” 

This simple meditation will provide the container for this workshop for both experienced movers and those who are new to this practice.

STARTS NEXT WEEK! Hip Hop & Street Style Intensive

July 11-15th, 8am-3pm, ages 12-adult

Taught by Andres RamirezKing CharlesKelli Forman, and Jackson Whalan

In this week-long program, students will learn foundational movements and techniques of hip-hop and street style, alongside the cultural meaning and significance of these moves.

The program will create an encouraging space to try out what you learn (and, most importantly, show off your unique style and personality) while freestyling in daily cyphers. Styles will include beginner’s breaking, party grooves, and footwork. 

NOTE: The Celebration Jam and All-Styles Battle has been moved to Friday July 15th at 1pm.

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*Photo credit for featured image: Susan Quinn

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