Special Programs

Special Programs + Workshops

Community Boxing Gym at the Housy Dome

For 8th graders to adults

FREE for Housatonic and Great Barrington Youth, registration required for all participants (16 spots available). Youth participants are given priority registration and approval is required for adult students.
Located at the Housatonic Community Center: 1064 Main St, Housatonic, MA 01236

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. Register Here!

Program led by Genève Brossard.

October 3 – December 14

Monday and Friday 4-6pm

Course offered by Berkshire Pulse at Simon’s Rock – Fall 2022

A continued partnership between Berkshire Pulse and the Dance Department at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, with classes held at the Daniel Arts Center

LATIN DANCE SHINES for ages 16+

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.

This course is open to all levels, ages 16+, and will take place in the beautiful Beckerman dance studio at the Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230.

Course led by Pulse teaching artist Luana Dias David.

October 25 – December 15
Tuesday and Thursday 4:15-5:40pm 

Simon’s Rock students should enroll through the college and Berkshire Pulse students register here.  The cost for the full session is $300 for Berkshire Pulse students.

Extra Special Teas Class

Berkshire Pulse is happy to partner with our neighbors 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

Wednesday 11am-12pm

Historias de Vida en Movimiento / Moving Life Stories

Saludos a la comunidad inmigrante de los Berkshires! 
Únase a nosotros en la narración de cuentos y la danza con la sesión de otoño de 2022 de nuestro programa GRATUITO Moving Life Stories, fechas y horarios por determinar. Se invita a personas de todas las edades y orígenes a compartir sus viajes personales, historias y conexiones con lugares del pasado y del presente a través de juegos de movimiento, ejercicios y baile.  
Un traductor de habla hispana estará presente y se puede organizar el transporte gratuito. 
Consulte a continuación la descripción y los detalles del programa.

¡Registrate aquí! 

Moving Life Stories (MLS) es una clase de movimiento creativo específicamente para la población inmigrante en los Berkshires. Cada clase se centra en un tema como Confianza, Conexión, Transiciones, Santuario. Los participantes son guiados a través de un calentamiento lúdico seguido de una conversación grupal sobre el tema de la clase en la que todos están invitados a compartir sus pensamientos y escuchar y ser escuchados en un entorno de apoyo. Basado en esta conversación, se crea un baile y se comparte al final de la clase. En estos dos ciclos de talleres aprenderemos diversas formas de contar y encarnar nuestras historias a través del juego, el movimiento creativo y la creación de “minidanzas”. No se requiere experiencia previa en movimiento y la clase es apropiada para todas las edades.

La sesión comienza en noviembre, fechas y horarios por determinar
Ubicación: Berkshire Family YMCA – Sucursal de Pittsfield


Hello Berkshire immigrant community! 
Join us in storytelling and dance-making with the 2022 Fall session of our FREE Moving Life Stories program, dates and times TBD. People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to share their personal journeys, stories, and connections to places past and present through movement games, exercises, and dancing.  
A Spanish-speaking translator will be present, and free transportation can be arranged. 
See below for the program description.

Moving Life Stories (MLS) is a creative movement class specifically for the immigrant population in the Berkshires. Each class is centered around a theme such as Trust, Connection, Transitions, 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, and to listen and to be heard in a supportive environment. Based off of this conversation, a dance is co-created and shared at the end of the class. In these two 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. This program is open to all interested participants, regardless of cultural background, age, or ability

Session begins in November, Dates and Times TBD
Location: Berkshire Family YMCA – Pittsfield Branch

Super Journal for Teachers and Parents

A month-long mental wellness program held after school for teachers and parents at 4 schools, one in Sheffield, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox. Each school has a weekly class for the month of November 2022.

Super Journal Series: Move, Draw, and Write to Boost Your Best Self

Elizabeth Heller, ERYT-200, has created a unique and transformative class that offers students science-based mindfulness, movement, and journaling tools to boost physical and emotional wellbeing. Through a variety of fun and simple practices, Elizabeth leads students in developing agency in exploring and managing emotion, reducing anxiety, building self-awareness and focus, and the ability to create positive life changes after traumatic events, including the ongoing pandemic. Elizabeth creates a safe container for exploration and connection as kids practice tools to help them manage the contemporary world. Students can expect to have fun, move their bodies, laugh, breathe, journal, and explore their own power to heal and create wellbeing!

BodyStories with the Brain Injury Association

Next session: TBD
For information and registration, email berkshire.pulse@gmail.com

Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts and Berkshire Pulse Studios have partnered to offer a series of 9 creative movement classes on Zoom called BodyStories. BodyStories has been created specifically for people with brain injuries, their caregivers and family. Classes include a variety of exercises and movement explorations that can be altered to adapt to any space, ability or level of mover. The goal of BodyStories is to deepen participant’s understanding and relationship with their bodies while expressing themselves through movement. Classes focus on proprioceptor skills, balance, kinesthetic awareness, and fun! Participants can take class with their videos on or off and join in or opt out at any point.  Classes are designed to be adapted by participants with ease and provide a great way for people to connect and stay active.

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