Youth Performing Arts Program

Youth Performing Arts Program

Youth classes for the Fall session run September 12 to December 17, unless otherwise noted. Pulse studios are fully closed October 10, November 11, and November 23-27.
Registration for Youth Performing Arts Program classes closes September 10. Register by this date to secure a place in class!

Click here for the Fall 2022 PAP Registration Guide

Our Performing Arts Program (PAP) provides an in-depth, interdisciplinary learning experience to young dancers ages 4 to 18. From the start of their training, students are introduced to dance practice with an equal emphasis on technical development as well as artistic exploration. As they progress in age and level, a comprehensive curriculum encourages students to expand their creative language while challenging their intellectual, technical, and artistic abilities.      

  • Weekly classes, special workshops, and summer intensives are offered to all students. 
  • Students are placed in one of 5 levels to ensure their growth and success, while factoring in age and experience.      
  • Following an interdisciplinary philosophy, PAP classes fuse modern techniques with traditional approaches to cultivate a rich artistic experience.    
  • All students ages 8+ participate in an annual PAP Performance Celebration, with additional performance opportunities throughout the year for upper level students.   

Placing students correctly is a core aspect to the Berkshire Pulse Performing Arts Program curriculum. For placement and class recommendations, we carefully consider a wide variety of factors: specific interest, physical skill, peer group, emotional maturity, years of previous study and age. Each student is placed where we believe they will have the greatest potential for fulfillment and growth. NEW dance students age 9+ who would like to participate in the Ballet and Modern classes are encouraged to attend one class for placement prior to enrollment. Returning students are not required to take placement classes. Students who would like to try a class, or are seeking class recommendations, can contact us for more information.

Click here to see Spring 2022 class descriptions and here to see our Summer 2022 Intensives

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If you do not yet have an account with the site, please create one on the My Account page. ALSO please be sure to complete the ‘Account details‘ section of the My Accounts page and make sure that all of your information is current, including for any children you will be registering for classes.

Questions about Pulse’s COVID policies? See our policies.

To keep pace with rising costs, Pulse has raised the price of Fall 2022 classes to $20 per class for both the Performing Arts Program and Community Class drop-ins. Students are welcome to apply for tuition assistance – no one has ever been turned away from Pulse for inability to pay for class.

Fall session begins September 12, and online registration opens August 29. Pulse studios are closed August 29-September 5 and in-person registration is open September 6-10, 10am-5pm.
Registration for Youth Performing Arts Program classes closes September 10. Register by this date to secure a place in class!

Click here for Fall 2022 Community Classes for Adults and Teens

Beginner / Foundation / Open Level

Ages 4-18+
1+ classes weekly 

Berkshire Pulse offers many classes for youth, teens and adults that require participation in only one class per week.
For Youth and Teens: Dances of Africa, Beginner Drumming, Intermediate Drumming, Beginners Tap, Dance for Boys, Creative Dance, Beginners Flamenco, Musical
Theater for Teens 1, Funk Box Breaking, Beginners Ballet, Creative Dance,
For Teens and Adults: Please refer to the Community Class Program for classes and schedule

Level 1 – Beginner / Advanced Beginner

Ages 9+
2+ classes weekly 

Participation in two classes per week is required at this level if participating in Ballet or Modern 1. Dancing more than once per week allows for greater ease of progress and sense of fulfillment. Class requirements can be fulfilled with Beginners Flamenco, Dances of Africa, Funk Box Breaking, Beginners Tap, Ballet 1, or Modern 1. Class offerings are subject to change

Level 2 – Advanced Beginner

Ages 10+ 
3+ classes weekly for Ballet 2 students, 2+ Classes for All Other Level 2 students

The classes in this level will challenge, inspire and foster the love for dance as an art form and a tool for developing the dedication necessary in fulfilling personal goals.

Participation in at least two classes per week is required for level 2 students (in accordance with individual placement recommendations). For ballet 2 students, participation in two ballet classes plus a choice of one modern, jazz, Flamenco, Dances of Africa, or Funk Box Breaking class is required. Community ballet classes are available for students age 11+ who do not wish to participate in the ballet 2 class program for youth.

Level 3 – Intermediate

Ages 12+
4+ classes weekly 

Students who are invited to participate at the intermediate level have exhibited the desire, self-discipline, and dedication necessary for further progress and accomplishment in the Berkshire Pulse Performing Arts Program. Level 3 students are expected to uphold class preparedness with equipment necessary for all classes and to maintain conditioning as well as deepen and widen their range of experience during extensive school breaks with level appropriate Pulse community classes, workshops, and intensives.

Participation in at least four classes a week are required for students participating in ballet or modern at this level. Level 3 ballet students take two upper-level plus one lower-level ballet, and one modern, jazz or contemporary technique classes per week to fulfill Level 3 technique class requirements. All other Level 3 students are required to take a modern class, a ballet class, and 2 other classes with options in Young Choreographers Workshop, Flamenco, Jazz 2/3, Musical Theater for Teens, Funk Box Breaking, and Tap.

Level 4 – Intermediate / Advanced 

Ages 14+
5+ classes weekly    

Students invited to level 4 have a self-motivated and rigorous work ethic, the ability to welcome ongoing challenges and retain corrections and the patience to go deeper into developing technical skill and individual expression of movement and artistry. These students are expected to uphold class preparedness with equipment necessary for all classes and to maintain conditioning during breaks with level appropriate Pulse community classes, workshops, and intensives. Level 4 students have the opportunity to study with visiting teaching artists regularly throughout the year and are invited to participate in performances and workshops at other venues throughout the region.

Advanced level students are required to participate in a minimum of five classes per week. The class schedule is determined by program directors in consideration of individual student needs and interests.

  • Class Type

  • Level

  • Days

Creative Dance, for ages 4-6

Thursdays with Sara Kiesel, 3:45pm-4:30pm; Saturdays with Erin Naylor, 9am-9:45am, September 15-December 17
*NOTICE: Both Thursday and Saturday Creative Dance classes are now FULL. Registration is open for the waitlist only.*

Tumbling, for ages 5-7

Saturdays, 10am-11am (September 17-December 17) with Erin Naylor
*This class is now FULL. Registration is open for waitlist only*

Intro to Dance, for ages 6-8

Thursdays, 3:45pm-4:45pm (September 15-December 15) with Fiona Scruggs
*NOTICE: Class full. Registration open for waitlist only*

Beginners Tap, for ages 7+

Wednesdays, 4:40pm-5:40pm (September 14-December 14)
with Shaan Battersby

Beginners Flamenco, for ages 7-12

Thursdays, 4:30pm-5:30pm (September 15-December 15)
with Joanne B. Jackson

Dances of Africa, for ages 9-12

Tuesdays, 3:45pm-5pm (September 13-December 13)
with Kim Waterman and live music by Rick Shrum

Beginners Drumming, for ages 8 to adult

Mondays, 3:45pm-4:30pm (September 12-December 12)
with Rick Shrum

Intermediate Drumming, for ages 10 to adult

Tuesdays, 3:45pm-4:30pm (September 13-December 13)
with Rick Shrum

Funk Box Breaking, beginner level, for ages 10+

Fridays, 4pm-5pm (September 16-December 16)
with Andres Ramirez

Funk Box Breaking, intermediate level, for ages 10+

Fridays, 5pm-6pm (September 16-December 16)
with Andres Ramirez

Community Boxing Gym at the Housy Dome for 8th graders to adults

Mondays and Fridays 4-6pm at the Housatonic Community Center (October 3 - December 16)
with Genève Brossard / Berkshire Boxing

Dance for Boys, for ages 10-14

Thursdays, 3:45pm-5pm (October 27-December 15)
with Tom Masters

Beginners Ballet, for ages 8-10

Saturdays, 9am-10am (September 17- December 17)
with Fiona Scruggs

Ballet 1, for ages 9-12

Saturdays, 10:10am-11:25am (September 17-December 17)
with Fiona Scruggs

Modern 1, for ages 9-12

Wednesdays, 4pm-5:15pm (September 14-December 14)
with Bettina Montano

Modern 2, for ages 11+

Mondays, 4pm-5:30pm (September 12-December 12)
with Gillian Ebersole

Ballet 2, for ages 10+

Tuesdays and Fridays, 4pm-5:30pm (September 13-December 16)
with Fiona Scruggs and Emily Hildebrand

Jazz 2-3, for ages 11+

Thursdays, 5:30pm-7pm (September 15-December 15)
with Tom Masters

Modern 3, for ages 13+

Mondays, 4pm-5:40pm (September 12-December 12)
with Bettina Montano and Shannon Nulf

Ballet 3, for ages 12+

Wednesdays and Fridays, 4pm-5:30pm (September 14-December 16)
with Emily Hildebrand

Young Choreographers Workshop, for ages 13+

Mondays, 5:45pm-7pm (September 12-December 12)
with Susan Quinn

Young Choreographers Initiative, for ages 16 to adult

Tuesdays, 5:45pm-7:15pm (September 13-December 13)
with Susan Quinn

Contemporary 4, for ages 14 to adult

Tuesdays, 4pm-5:30pm (September 13-December 13)
with Isadora Wolfe

Ballet 4, for age 14 to adult

Wednesdays 5:45pm-7:15pm and Saturdays 11:30am-1:00pm (September 14-December 17)
with Emily Hildebrand

Artistry and Variations – Intermediate/Advanced for ages 14 to adult

Saturdays, 1:15pm-2:15pm (September 17-December 17)
with Emily Hildebrand

Pre-Pointe, for ages 11+ (by invitation)

Fridays, 5:40pm-6:20pm (September 16-December 16)
with Emily Hildebrand

Broadway Jazz 3-4, for ages 14 to adult

Fridays, 4pm-5:30pm (September 16-December 16)
with Tom Masters

Tap – Advance Beginner/Intermediate, for ages 10 to adult

Mondays, 5:15pm-6:15pm (September 12-December 12)
with Shaan Battersby

Tap – Intermediate/Advanced, for ages 12 to adult

Fridays, 6pm-7pm (September 16-December 16)
with Tom Masters

Musical Theater for Teens, for ages 12-18

Thursdays, 4pm-5pm (September 15-December 15)
with Wendy Welch

Community Jazz, ages 13 to adult

Wednesdays, 5:45-7:15 PM (September 14-December 14, with African Dance Workshops on October 5, November 9, and December 7)
with Shaan Battersby

Latin Dance Shines at Simon’s Rock for ages 16+

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15pm-5:40pm (October 25- December 15)
with Luana Dias David

Saturday Community Ballet – Advanced Beginner/Intermediate, for ages 12 to adult

Saturdays, 9:00-10:30 AM (September 17-December 17)
with Shannon Nulf

Community Contemporary – Adv-Beginner/Int, ages 14 to adult

Saturdays, 1:00-2:30 PM (September 17-December 17)
with Gillian Ebersole and Shannon Nulf

Community Beginners Flamenco, ages 14 to adult

Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45 PM (September 13-December 13)
with Joanne B. Jackson

Tuesday Community Ballet, Beginners, ages 13 to adult

Tuesdays, 5:40pm-7pm (September 13-December 13)
with Fiona Scruggs

Community Beginners Tap, ages 13 to adult

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM (September 13-December 13)
with Molly Welch

Thursday Community Ballet – Int/Adv, ages 14 to adult

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 PM (September 15-December 15)
with Alex Bloomstein *REQUIRED for Level 4 Ballet students*

Monthly Workshops in Hip Hop and Street Styles – Open level for ages 14 to adult

Friday 4:00-6:00 PM, October 28, November 18, December 9
with Dashawn Davis and Kelli Forman

Monthly Workshops in African Dance – Open Level, ages 11 to adult

Wednesdays, October 5, 5:45-6:45pm; November 9 and December 7, 5:45-7:15pm
with Nkoula Badila
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