Spend your summer dancing!

Berkshire Pulse is excited to have summer dance intensives for ages 4 to 18 running June through August, alongside community classes for dancers of all ages!

Our offerings range in style and genre, from contemporary and choreography, to musical theater, hip hop, and more. Scroll to see all our intensives or check out our website.

Registration is open! Start your dream summer today.

Summer Intensives


📅 Monday to Friday, June 26 – July 7 (no classes on July 4)
🕘 9am – 3pm

For beginners and advanced beginners, this camp has a half-day option for dancers ages ages 8-9 (9am-12pm full two weeks only).

An exciting journey into the engaging and rewarding world of dance, this two-week program provides an introduction to dance forms including ballet, modern, African, Contradance, and more. Dancers will also have a chance to practice dance-making of their own!


📅 Monday to Friday, July 10 – 21
🕘 9am – 4pm

For students with at least two years of prior dance training.  

This two-week program allows dancers to develop excellence in technique, as well as versatility and collaboration in the creative process. Daily classes will include ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, swing, salsa, and flamenco. Dancers will explore dance-making through partnering and improvisation. Plus, field trips to local partnering organizations!


📅 Monday to Friday, July 24 – 28 
🕘 9am – 12pm

This new program for our youngest dancers invites them on an expedition into the exciting, engaging, and rewarding world of dance. Classes will include creative dance, tumbling, drumming, and more!


📅 Monday to Friday, July 31 – August 4  
🕘 9am – 3pm

All levels, two groups: ages 12-14 and 15+

Dancers will learn foundational movements and techniques of hip hop and street style dance, alongside discussions about the cultural meaning and significance of these dance forms. 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.


📅 Monday to Saturday, August 7 – 12  

All levels, full-day camp for ages 10-14, evening series for ages 14+

🕘 9am – 3pm (day camp)

This week-long camp gives students the opportunity to jump right into the world of musical theater with classes in tap, broadway jazz, voice, acting, and improvisation. Students will learn healthy warm-up practices for the voice and body, and work on character development, expression, ensemble, and more. The program directors will work with students to produce an informal performance for the program’s final day. 

🕔 5pm – 7pm (evening series)

This-week long evening series for students ages 14+ will give the students an opportunity to take a daily musical theater workshop rotating between singing, acting, and improv and work on developing something for an informal performance at the end of the week. 

Our Community Moves Together

Community Boxing is back! Beginning February 3rd, this program brings Genève Brossard of Berkshire Boxing to the Housie Dome on Fridays at 4:45pm.  This fun class provides a welcoming and supportive class for all levels of experience and fitness. 

FREE for Housatonic and Great Barrington Youth! For 8th graders to adults; pre-registration required.

Save the dates! Our summer intensive schedule is live on our website. Registration will open in mid-February.

Community Classes for You

Want to take multiple classes in one day? Here’s a schedule for you!

Tuesday Evening Classes

Choose between Community Beginners Ballet with Fiona Scruggs and Community Beginners Flamenco with Joanne B. Jackson. Then, put on your tap shoes for Community Beginners Tap with Molly Welch.

Wednesday Evening Classes

Start your Wednesday learning to sing and act in Musical Theater with Wendy Welch. Then, get your heart rate going in Holly Jones’ Community Jazz class. Finally, wrap your evening with Intermediate Swing with Brianne Szymanski.

Are you a morning person? Try Community Modern at 9am on Tuesdays and Shake Your Soul at 9am on Fridays.
Saturday Classes

Saturday classes begin bright and early with Shannon Nulf’s Community Ballet class – often packed, arrive early to snag your favorite spot at the barre. After, you can take Community Contemporary with Shannon Nulf and Gillian Ebersole. Finish your day of dance with Tsiftieli and Raqs Sharqi Dance with Myrto Daskaloudi.

Dances of Africa

with Nkoula Badila

📅 Beginning Tuesday, February 7
🕓 4-5pm

Ages 6-10

Accompanied by live drumming, this class introduces students to the study of African rhythms and dances. Dancers will work on unity, coming together to dance as a team, highlighting the grace in their arms and strength in their legs and feet, as well as building stamina and energy.

Moving Life Stories Begins

Moving Life Stories (MLS) is a creative movement class created for and geared toward the Berkshire immigrant population and their allies.

Our first of two series of Moving Life Stories Workshops begins February 3 at the South Berkshire Friends Meeting House in Great Barrington, with another following at the Pittsfield YMCA.

Moving Life Stories “is a safe space where immigrants can exchange and share their experiences, and create something together, using movement as their language” ~ Rural Intelligence

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Cultural Council, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Lee Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and TD Bank Charitable Foundation, as well as Dalton Cultural Council, Mount Washington Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council, Otis Cultural Council, Pittsfield Cultural Council, Sheffield Cultural Council, and Washington Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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