Special Programs

A young dancer watches an intergenerational movement class.

Special Programs

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Community Boxing Gym

For 8th graders to adults

This collaboration between Berkshire Pulse and Berkshire Boxing Club will continue the traditional role that boxing gyms have played in community growth and health.  Many boxing gyms have strong youth programs, created to get kids off the street and away from their screens, and to redirect their energy into something productive.

Coached by Genève Brossard and Sean O’Brian

Moving Life Stories / Historias de Vida en Movimiento

Spring 2023 Session Information:

South County Series:
April 21 – May 12, 2023
Fridays 6-8pm
Family Resource Center
141 West Ave
Great Barrington, MA 01230
FREE

Pittsfield Workshops:
May 16
6-7:30pm
Adult Learning Center
141 North St
Pittsfield, MA 01201

May 23
6-7:30pm

18 Degrees
480 West St
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Moving Life Stories (MLS) is a creative movement class created for and geared towards the immigrant population and their allies in the Berkshires. MLS provides opportunities to share personal journeys, stories and connections to places past and present through movement games, exercises, dancing and community building.

Each class is centered around a theme such as Welcome, Connection, Grounding, Sanctuary. Participants are led through a playful warm-up followed by a group conversation about the theme of the class in which all are invited to share their thoughts, to hear and be heard in a supportive environment. From this conversation, a dance is co-created and shared with each other at the end of the class.

In this series of workshops we will learn various ways to tell and embody our stories through play, creative movement and the creation of mini-dances. No prior movement experience is required and the class is appropriate for all ages.

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

Register here.

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 Alford Egremont Cultural Council, Dalton Cultural Council, Hinsdale-Peru Cultural Council, Monterey Cultural Council, Mount Washington Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council, Otis Cultural Council, Pittsfield Cultural Council, Sheffield Cultural Council, Tyringham Cultural Council, and Washington Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

To express interest or get in touch, please contact berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or call 413-274-6624.

Historias de Vida en Movimiento

Historias de Vida en Movimiento es una clase de movimiento creativo creado para la comunidad inmigrante en los Berkshire. La clase brinda la oportunidad de compartir experiencias personales e historias de y conexiones con lugares de su pasado y presente a través del movimiento, ejercicios, baile y construcción de comunidad.

Cada clase se basa en un tema tal como La Bienvenida, Conexión, y El Santuario. Los participantes siguen un precalentamiento y luego forman parte de una conversación sobre el tema de la clase en la que pueden compartir sus pensamientos, escuchar y ser escuchados, en un ambiente de apoyo mutuo. De esta conversación se construye el baile final de cada clase.

En esta serie de talleres aprenderemos varios métodos para contar y expresar nuestras historias a través del juego, movimiento creativo, y la creación de bailes cortos. No se requiere experiencia previa y la clase es apta para todas las edades.

Un traductor de habla hispana estará presente y se puede organizar el transporte gratuito.

Regístrese aquí.

Este programa es posible gracias a la generosidad del Mass Cultural Council, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Lee Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union y TD Bank Charitable Foundation, así como el Alford Egremont Cultural Council, Dalton Cultural Council, Hinsdale-Peru Cultural Council, Monterey Cultural Council, Mount Washington Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council, Otis Cultural Council, Pittsfield Cultural Council, Sheffield Cultural Council, Tyringham Cultural Council, y Washington Cultural Council, agencias locales que son apoyadas por el Mass Cultural Council, una agencia estatal.

Para expresar interés o ponerse en contacto, envíe un correo electrónico a berkshire.pulse@gmail.com o llame al 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

Mohican Roots: Building Community through Council Dialogue

*This program will be rescheduled for a future date. Please visit back for updates.*

In partnership with Alliance for a Viable Future
*CANCELLED* Thursday, June 22, 6pm-8:30pm

Come join us on this epic adventure. This summer we are building momentum toward the launch of Alliance for a Viable Future’s new sister organization – AVF Mohican Roots. Wanonah Spencer, Shawn Steven’s sister and a member of the Mohican Nation, is here in the Berkshires to deepen her relationship with her ancestral homeland and weave connections in our community – to heal the past & build a viable future. Let’s do it together!

Register for free here.

Berkshire Pulse