Please click here to review our limited changes to the Spring Youth PAP schedule. Questions? Contact us.

Spring Classes Are Here!

Let’s dance all this winter cold away! Our community classes and upper level PAP classes are officially back in full swing—and our younger students will return to start the spring session on January 29th. (You can review the limited changes we’ve made to the PAP schedule here.)

Haven’t signed up for a class yet? Don’t forget—for the month of January, try any of our community classes, including one of our 6 brand new community classes, for FREE!


Two New Community Classes to Try!

Brazilian Percussion Ensemble

with Tarcísio Ramos Dos Santos

Ages 11+, Thursdays 5:45-6:45pm

In this class we will learn several iconic Brazilian rhythms. We will learn Samba, Samba Reguea, Baião, Xaxado and Maracatu. All these rhythms have an African influence and they are the back bone of the Brazilian musical soul. We will learn to play traditional Brazilian instruments that compose the Brazilian percussive ensemble called Bateria! It will be fun and we will learn together one beat at the time!

Intro to Brazilian Samba Dance

with Tarcísio Ramos Dos Santos

Ages 16+, Thursdays 7-8pm

Samba is the most popular Afrobrazilian dance known and practiced in Brazil and around the world. The peculiar and fun samba dance steps is a fun workout and a way to express yourself. The meter is a simple 2/4 but its syncopation brings an authentic energy where the dancer will play, dance, create and the most important, have fun. This is an introductory Samba class and no dance experience is required.


BODYSONNET presents: Art Tonic

January 30- February 1

Art Tonic is a virtual celebration and a platform to premiere new work developed and produced by BODYSONNET, a collective of contemporary dance artists. As a collective committed to innovative and accessible art, BODYSONNET will be hosting Art Tonic on bodysonnet.org as a private website open for 72 hours to audience members who make a tax-deductible donation of ten dollars or more to receive a ticket.

Included in the virtual space is a talkback hosted by creative consultant, and educational developer Antonio Viva, the world premiere of BODYSONNET’s new film The Mount: a visually captivating short set at the historic home of Edith Wharton, and exclusive season previews.

Go to bodysonnet.org for tickets or contact collective@bodysonnet.org.

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! 

Making Pulse Accessible to Everybody

We have been granting Tuition Assistance to families-in-need since 1996. Thanks to this special program, Pulse has never turned away a student for an inability to pay. Here’s a glimpse at what our Tuition Assistance Program looks like by the numbers…     

How Tuition Assistance Makes an Impact   

  • 1 out of 5 Pulse students receive tuition assistance. In 2021, students were awarded between 30% and 100% of the cost of tuition, ranging from $120 to $3000 per student. 
  • $35,000+ has been granted to Pulse students in tuition assistance this year.  
  • The need for tuition assistance has increased by 120% for families-in-need between 2020 and 2021.    

Help Us Continue Offering Tuition Assistance 

With so many challenges facing our community this year, the need for this program continues to grow. Learn more here, and make a donation here. We hope you’ll consider supporting this very special program.  

Berkshire Pulse