Dancing with Gratitude

Thank you for being a part of what makes Pulse so special – the people that bring our studios to life.

We are especially grateful for our team of Teaching Assistants. Each week, they share the love of dance with others. We are so grateful for their dedication and wanted to highlight a bit more about them!

Maya Bergman

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I have been dancing at Berkshire Pulse for 4 years, but I’ve been dancing since I could walk. I love working with younger dancers to help them express themselves. I’m really looking forward to this year at Pulse!

A fun fact about myself- I love snuggling with my two dogs, Hazel and Maggie!

Megan Linick

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At Pulse, I enjoy all of the wide variety of classes and abilities. I feel that it allows me to be exactly who I am as a dancer.

Fun Fact: I lived in Florida for 15 years and moved to the Berkshires about a year ago.

Rubielle Nejaime

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Rubielle has been dancing at Pulse since she was 11 years old. She is now continuing her training at Berkshire Pulse to prepare to enter the dance field and audition for Dance BFA programs for this upcoming year. She is delighted to be assisting Susan Quinn in the Young Choreographers Workshop and Fiona Scruggs in Ballet 1.

A fun fact about Rubielle is that her favorite style of dance is contemporary.

Cora Pacheco

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Cora assists Creative Dance!

Liam Reynolds

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Liam assists Modern 3!

Lily Reynolds

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Hi I’m Lily! I have been a dancer at Berkshire Pulse for 4 years now alongside my 3 other siblings. I have been an assistant for the fall and spring season this past year, and I also assisted for the summer intensives as well. 

Molly Welch

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Molly Welch (they/she) grew up in Dallas where they attended the Dallas Ballet Center for 15 years. They studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, and lyrical. They were a teaching assistant while there and went on to teach Musical Theater dance in their summer workshops for the next 4 years. They attended Booker T. Washington HS for the Performing and Visual Arts, where they split their studies between theater and dance.


Support our Teaching Assistants and Tuition Assistance programs today.

Meet New Pulse Staff Members

Berkshire Pulse has new staff members! You might recognize their faces around our studios.

Joining the team this fall are our new Administrator Shannon Nulf, and Marketing/PR & Curriculum Coordinator Gillian Ebersole. Check out our staff page to learn more.


Vote for Pulse

It’s time for the Rural Intelligence Readers’ Choice Awards!

Berkshire Pulse is nominated in multiple categories, including Best Nonprofit, and our Artistic Director, Bettina Montano, is nominated in the category of Person Who’s Contributed Most to the Region.

Help us win by visiting RuralIntelligence.com/ReadersChoice to cast your vote! Voting runs until November 14, and you can cast nominations every day. For voting instructions, visit the homepage of our website.


Upcoming Workshops

OPEN LEVEL HIP HOP WORKSHOP
with Dashawn Davis

📅 Friday, October 28
🕓 4 to 6pm

Open to all levels; ages 12+

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT
with Paula Josa-Jones

📅 Sunday, October 30
🕐 1 to 4:30pm

Open to all levels; ages 18+

AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP
with Nkoula Badila

📅 Wednesday, November 9

🕠 5:45 to 7:15pm

Open to all levels; ages 11+


Super Journal is Back

Move, Draw, and Write to Boost Your Best Self

Created by Elizabeth Heller, ERYT-200, Super Journal is a FREE mindfulness, movement, and journaling class for teachers and parents to provide them with an opportunity recover from stress and learn wellness tools. 

Sessions start November 3 at libraries near you! 


Take a peek inside our studios!

Taekwondo with the Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshires began their fall classes in our studios this week. The space feels alive with movement and breath from our Youth Performing Arts Program and Community Classes.

Don’t miss the upcoming opportunities in this post – we hope to move with you soon!


Groove with Dashawn Davis

Open Level Hip Hop Workshop

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 28!

Pulse is hosting the first of our monthly workshops in Hip Hop and Street Style dance. Join Dashawn Davis from 4 to 6pm. Open to all levels; ages 14+.


Dance with Luana

Latin Dance Shines

at Simon’s Rock

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15pm beginning October 25
Ages 16+

Take an in-depth course on Salsa and Samba at Simon’s Rock. In this class, you’ll learn to identify rhythms, develop movement from Salsa and Samba steps, and progress into a choreography true to the original rhythm.

Can’t get enough? Luana’s Zumba class at Pulse starts Tuesday, October 25, at 1pm! Register for Zumba here.


Practice Authentic Movement

with Paula Josa-Jones

October 30 at 1pm
Ages 18+

Authentic Movement is a meditative, intuitive, improvisational movement. In this workshop, you will practice listening and attunement; slowing and opening to a deeper sensing of body and psyche. Give yourself the gift of this somatic and meditative experience!

Move with us for FREE this October!

Things are picking up at Pulse this fall! With our Youth Program and Community Classes in full swing, we are excited to share some special opportunities with you.

Scroll to read more about October events (including some FREE chances to dance with us).

FREE Events in the Housatonic Park

HOUSATONIC PARTY IN THE PARK
129 Front St, Housatonic
Saturday October 1 from 11am to 3pm

Come learn more about Pulse’s fall programming, try out East Coast Swing Dance, and visit other local vendors at this FREE block party. We’ll be selling SoCo ice cream as a fundraiser, so stop by to get a scoop!

AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP
With Nkoula Badila
Wednesday October 5 from 5:45 to 6:54pm

Learn different Traditional dances of Ancestral Africa, accompanied by live percussion in this outdoor FREE workshop.

This opportunity is made possible by the South Berkshire County Fund Better Together


FREE Events for Housatonic Residents

COMMUNITY BOXING GYM

at the Housy Dome

Beginning October 3rd, this special program brings Genève Brossard of Berkshire Boxing to the Housy Dome on Mondays and Fridays from 4 to 6pm. This program is open to anyone from 8th grade to adults, with priority going to youth registrants.

FREE for Housatonic and Great Barrington Youth!

YOGA

with Erin Naylor

Whether this is your first or 200th class, you’ll feel right at home here! Join us on Wednesdays from 6-7pm, and bring a mat, blocks, strap and anything else you like to use when taking a yoga class. 

FREE for Housatonic Residents!


Classes Starting in October

DANCE FOR BOYS

Thursdays from 3:45 to 5pm
Starting October 6
Ages 10-14

Here’s a chance to jump, turn and soar! This class introduces boys, and male identifying persons, to the athletic and artistic skills required in dance training. 

CREATIVE DANCE

Wednesdays from 3:45 to 4:30pm
Starting October 19
Ages 4-7

This class inspires the joy of movement and imagination through a playful and guided approach to improvisation, shape, rhythm, balance, flow, and locomotor skills.

Join us for our first week of classes!

Classes for our fall session are officially in full swing!

It’s not too late to sign up for our Youth Program classes—and drop in to try one of our Community Classes for movers of all ages and levels.


Welcome to our New Teaching Artists


Authentic Movement Workshops

Authentic Movement is a meditative, intuitive, improvisational movement practice. This fall, we are hosting a series of workshops for both experienced movers and those who are new to this practice. 

Join Paula Josa-Jones for the first workshop on September 18!


Don’t Miss SIX Pulse Teaching Artists Perform

September 23 at 7:30pm
The Foundry West Stockbridge

This show brings together Berkshire-based dancers and performers – Veronica Bone, Gillian Ebersole, Molly Hess, Fern Katz, Shannon Nulf, and Fiona Scruggs– all with works answering the question “What are you celebrating?” What emerges is a series of works focused on resilience, perseverance, and triumph.

This event supports local artists and venues and is a part of ArtWeek Berkshires.

4 Performances to Mark on Your Calendar

We’re so looking forward to these four August performances of new (and one very old!) dance works from local choreographers and performers—featuring our very own teaching artists! 

Grab tickets and mark your calendars—these are not to be missed!

🗓️ Coming August 3rd & 4th… 

(poster artwork credit: Christopher Corr)

Arts Alive! presents: The Many Face of Love

a special staging of Isadora Duncan’s Brahms Waltzes

6:30pm on August 3rd & 4th at Chesterwood

Chesterwood Dancer-in-Residence and poet Ian Spencer Bell performs Lori Belilove’s staging of The Many Faces of Love—a 110 year old solo by the mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan.

Pianist Lauren Aloia accompanies Bell in the Duncan work, playing Johannes Brahms’ 16 Waltzes, Opus 39. Also on the program is a new dance and poetry piece by Bell titled Rosing.    

An artist talk and champagne reception follows each performance.


🗓️ Coming August 10th & 11th… 

BODYSONNET presents: Blue Hour

an evening of contemporary dance

7pm on August 10th & 11th at The Foundry

This new work features a mixed bill of four world premieres—created and danced by four female artists: Mio Ishikawa (Japan), Moscelyne ParkeHarrison (USA), Sayer Mansfield (USA), and Sydney McManus (CA).

Exploring themes of intimacy, aloneness, and evolution as both individual and collective, Blue Hour leads both performers and audience on a bold, vulnerable, and beautiful odyssey.    


🗓️ Coming August 25th… 

Qualia Dance Collective presents: Chiaroscuro

a new dance work by Fiona Scruggs 

August 25th at Chesterwood

Come to the beautiful gardens of Chesterwood and enjoy the outdoor premiere of “Chiaroscuro,” choreographed by Fiona Scruggs. This new work draws on art, mannerisms, and narratives of the Baroque. Through a contemporary lens, this Baroque music and movement study juxtaposes le sacré et le profane, or the sacred and common, with the contrast of light and shadow as defined by chiaroscuro.  

“Chiaroscuro” is part of Chesterwood’s Arts Alive! lineup. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly towards supporting the artists!    


🗓️ Coming August 27th… 

TurnPark Art Space presents: CHASM

an evening of immersive dance & sound curated by Fern Katz

August 27th, 4-5pm at TurnPark Art Space

This evening-length performance will include two contemporary dance pieces, live violin, and post-performance Q+A with the artists. In this event, the artists explore grief, loss, reflection, reconciliation, and healing. To learn more, please check out… 

Want to support but can’t make the show? There’s a GoFundMe link below! This will go directly to compensating the collaborating artists with performance and travel stipends for all their hard work and dedication to this process. Keep an eye out for some fundraiser Pilates classes led by certified instructor, Fern Katz!

You’re Invited to Our Spring Celebration!

We’re pleased to announce that tickets for our annual Spring Celebration on May 28th & 29th are now available for purchase! All tickets are general admission and are available on a first come, first served basis.

100% of the proceeds from these performances will benefit the Pulse Tuition Assistance program.  

THANK YOU to our generous performance celebration sponsors! Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Berkshire Food Co-op; Tall Tree Productions; The UltraWellness Center – Dr. Mark Hyman; Alan & Benès Glackman, C.P.A., P.C.; Claudia & Joe Gold; Diane Pearlman & Jeff Diamond. 


And There’s Even More to Celebrate… 

We’d love for you to also join us for the closing celebration of Moving Life Stories at 5:30pm on June 1st at Chesterwood. It will be an evening rich in community, food, dance, storytelling, and more. All are welcome—and the event is free!   


And while you’re here…

Get to Know Our Amazing Summer Guest Artists

Our summer programs are right around the corner (exciting!), so we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some of the truly incredible guest teaching artists that will be joining us…   

 King Charles — Chicago Footwork

(for the Hip Hop Intensive)

Sayer Mansfield — Ballet Technique

(for the Ballet Intensive)

Leighann Kowalsky — Dance & Film

(for the Contemporary Intensive)

Nkoula Badila — African Dance

(for Dance Discovery, Rhythm Alive & Contemporary Intensive)

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Authentic Movement Workshop THIS Sunday!

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. 

Led by Paula Josa-Jones, the simple meditation of Authentic Movement will provide the container for this workshop—both for experienced movers and those who are new to this practice. With eyes closed, maintaining a focus on bodily sensation and the flow of consciousness, the mover attunes to the inner landscape of the body and allows herself to be moved by whatever impulses arise in the moment. The mover—in the presence of a compassionate witness—discovers the presence and containment of their own inner witness.    

It is certain to be a very special, meditative, and valuable experience for all bodies.   

Join us Sunday May 1st

1-4:30 pm at Pulse Studios

All ages & levels are welcome 

Meet Paula Josa-Jones

“Attention – because the body is precise

Listening – because the body is subtle

Kindness – because the body is tender”

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Paula is a dance and movement artist who has taught Authentic Movement, somatic movement studies, composition, and improvisation for the past 40 years at universities, colleges, and dance festivals nationally and internationally. Her work includes choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses, dancers and riders, film and video. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA), a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSMET), a Tellington TTouch Practitioner I, and a Somatic Experiencing ®, trauma-informed practitioner (SEP). She maintains a private practice in Kent, CT. Her work with clients (virtual and in person) integrates the principles of Somatic Experiencing ®, polyvagal theory, somatic movement practices and touch skills.


Last Chance to Get Your Big Y Community Bags!

Support Pulse by bringing home your groceries in Community Bags from the Big Y in GB! Saturday is the last day that Berkshire Pulse will receive a $1 donation for each bag purchased. Please spread the word!


Join the Pulse Team!

We are seeking an experienced administrator to lead the administrative functions and daily operations for Pulse. The Administrator assumes the front desk responsibility for phone, email, and registration systems. They will be tasked with facilities maintenance, announcements and communications with staff and clients, assisting with special events, as well as daily interaction with clients and studio artists.  

And a big thank you and best wishes to our current administrator, Jaimee Christinat, who will be starting her Masters in Social Work at Smith College this summer!  

Our Program Won a National Award!

The National Endowment for the Arts awards $10k to Moving Life Stories!

Berkshire Pulse has been approved for a $10,000 Challenge America Award from the National Endowment for the Arts! This award will support our program, Moving Life Stories—which offers movement and community-building activities to people of diverse ages, cultures, and communities, including recent immigrant families to the Berkshires.

To receive the Challenge America Award, we must raise matching funds. Please consider supporting this incredible program and help us meet our $10,000 goal!

HELP US MEET THE MATCH

Spotlight: Moving Life Stories

Moving Life Stories is a free workshop series led by teaching artist Tom Truss, held both in Pittsfield and at our studios here in Housatonic. Through partner organizations including Berkshire Immigrant Center, LitNet, and Volunteers in Medicine, Moving Life Stories serves recent immigrants and refugees—with Spanish translation provided—but is also open to residents of all ages and backgrounds. The workshops introduce participants to modern dance techniques, improvisation, storytelling, and dance-making. Through the process, participants find connections to one another and learn about the diverse cultures that make up our community.

SUPPORT MOVING LIFE STORIES

We Love Our Staff!

In celebration of our shiny new website, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate our incredible, talented, hardworking staff. These are the wonderful people who keep Pulse going (and growing)! Get to know them with a few fun facts… 

Bettina Montano

Founder/Artistic Director

* Swims, knits, gardens, jumps on a trampoline, cooks, walks her dog, and dreams dances.

Benjamin Court

Operations Manager

* A member of Creation Global, a Chicago Footwork dance crew.

* Plays the guitar and also produces dance music!

Susan Ingersoll

Finance Director

* Loves everything ocean—being on it, in it, and eating anything that comes out of it!

*Also loves running, thrifting, and exploring. 

Veronica Bone

Program Coordinator

* Loves exploring New England by foot, car, ski lift, and bike.

* Craving to learn more about dance film and dance theatre!

Jaimee Christinat

Administrator

* Bilingual and loves to sing (only in the car), dance, and cook!

Kim Waterman

In-School Program Coordinator

* Loves science fiction (everything from The Blob to Blade Runner to Rocky Horror) & show tunes (can be heard singing Godspell, Lil Abner & more as she cruises down rt.7).

Maxwell Chase

Front Desk Staff

* Loves to read books about history + always has the coolest socks!

Madeline Despres-Chen 

Front Desk Staff

* Recently graduated from the SomaSoul®: Somatic Therapy program at The Leven Institute for Expressive Movement! 

Alicia Ortwein

Front Desk Staff

* Been in the Pulse family for 3 years

* A homeschool teacher who loves to paint!

Andy Reynolds

Grant Writer

* The youngest of 8 children and writes plays for fun!

Moscelyne ParkeHarrison

Social Media Manager

* Grew up dancing at Pulse!

* Always trying to learn something new—by making art and diving deep into collaboration.

Jordyn Cormier

Marketing + Wordsmithery   

* Recently directed her first short film.

* Makes phenomenal gluten-free cider doughnuts!

Thank you to each and every one of you! 

Berkshire Pulse