Community-Based Programs

A young dancer watches an intergenerational movement class.

Community-Based Programs

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Afterschool Dance Program at the Pittsfield Boys & Girls Club

Pittsfield After School Dance Program

Thursdays 4-5pm

The Berkshire Pulse Afterschool Boys and Girls Dance program offers weekly Hip Hop and Breaking classes that are free with a Boys & Girls Club membership. Experienced Teaching Artists help students develop strength, musicality, artistry, teamwork, and self-confidence while introducing them to the cultural contexts in which these different styles were developed.

Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires
16 Melville St, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Moving Life Stories

Moving Life Stories (MLS) is a FREE creative-based workshop where students are offered an opportunity to share their ancestry, family stories, personal journeys, and life experiences through movement and words in a safe space. When memories, ideas, and experiences are investigated through movement and turned into art, transformation occurs, creating an increased understanding of self, community, and respect for others and their differences. At its core, MLS is interactive and fun while developing self-reflection, agency, listening skills, empathy, compassion, and the ability to exchange and appreciate different life experiences as they are shared through the universal language of movement.

Classes led by Pulse teaching artist Tom Truss

A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be present, childcare is provided, and transportation can be arranged.

This program is made possible by the generosity of Greylock ABC Fund, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, as well as Alford-Egremont Cultural Council, Monterey Cultural Council, Otis Cultural Council, and Tyringham Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

To express interest or get in touch, please contact or call 413-274-6624.

Extra Special Teas

Tuesdays 11am-12pm

Berkshire Pulse is partnering with our neighbors at Extra Special Teas, with a joyful weekly movement class for EST staff and participants.  Together we will strengthen the message that dance builds community and is for everyone!

Classes led by Pulse teaching artist Sara Kiesel

Latin Dance Shines

Latin Dance Shines at Simon’s Rock

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify rhythms, learn and develop movement from Salsa and Samba steps, and progress into a choreography true to the original rhythm. Areas covered include:

SALSA – rhythm history and development, styles, dance musicality, body and facial expression, basic steps, combined sequences and choreography.

SAMBA – rhythm history and development, styles, connection between instruments and body movements, dance musicality, basic steps, combined sequences and choreography.

Class led by Pulse teaching artist Luana Dias David

If you have any questions, please email or call 413-274-6624.

Bard College of Simon’s Rock
84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230

Berkshire Pulse