Berkshire Pulse studios are fully closed and all classes are on pause for the week of May 29 through June 4. Summer community classes will resume on Monday, June 5

Youth Performing Arts Program

Youth Performing Arts Program

The Spring session runs January 3 through May 27, unless otherwise noted. The annual Spring Celebration performance is scheduled for May 27 & 28 (tickets available here).

Families and caregivers, click here for the tech week schedule of rehearsals.

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.

Check out our class descriptions from past sessions, including Spring 2022, Summer 2022 Intensives, and Fall 2022

Pulse Is for Everyone

Learn more about our Tuition Assistance Program and EBT Benefits.


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. Please be sure to read Pulse’s policies before registering.

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

Click here for Spring 2023 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, Tumbling, Intro to Dance, Dance Foundations, Beginners Flamenco, Musical
Theater for Teens 1, Funk Box Breaking, Beginners Ballet
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

Dance Discovery, for ages 8-13

June 26 – July 7 (no classes on July 4)
Beginners and adv beginners ages 8 to 13, half-day option for ages 8-9 (mornings only)

Berkshire Pulse Intensive, for ages 11+

July 10 – 21
Ages 11+, two groups: beginner and int/adv

Dance Adventure, for ages 4-7

July 24 – 28
Ages 4-7, half day

Hip Hop and Street Style, for ages 12+

July 31 – August 4
All levels, two groups: ages 12-14 and 15+

Musical Theater, for ages 10+

August 7 – 12
All levels, full-day program for ages 10-14, evening series for ages 14+

Deep Dive! Contemporary Intensive, for ages 17+

August 14 – 18
Advanced teens and undergrad students 17+, adults with advanced contemporary experience

Jumpstart, for ages 10-18

August 28 – September 1
New and returning students ages 10-18

Pride Ballet Workshop 🌈 – Open Level, for ages 12-adult

Saturday, June 17, 9:30-11:30am; *this class centers queer folks but all are welcome!
with Gillian Ebersole

Music and Storytelling, for ages 4-6

Mondays, 3:45-4:45pm (July 3 – August 21)
with Jeffrey Howard

World Percussion Series – Open Level and Intergenerational, for ages 8-adult

Mondays, 4-4:45pm (June 12 – July 10, no class June 19)
with Angel Lau

African Dance Series – Open Level, for ages 14-adult

Mondays, 5-6pm (June 12 – July 10, no class June 19)
with Nkoula Badila, live drumming by Angel Lau

Contact Improv – Open Level, for ages 13-adult

Saturdays, 11:30am-1pm (June 10 – July 15)
with Tom Truss

Dunham Technique – Open Level, for ages 13-adult

Saturdays, 11:30am-1pm (August 5 – 26)
with Saroya Corbett

Capoeira – Open Level, for ages 13-adult

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-6:45pm (July 11 – August 17)
with Tarcisio Ramos

Jazz – Int/Adv, for ages 13-adult

Mondays, 6:15-7:30pm (June 12 – August 21, no class June 19)
with Hank Bamberger

Community Beginners Tap, for ages 13-adult

Tuesdays, 7-8pm (June 6 - August 22, no class July 4 or 25)
with Teak Welch

Modern – Int/Adv, for ages 13-adult

Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm (June 14 – August 23)
with Hank Bamberger

Tuesday Community Ballet – Beginners, for ages 12-adult

Tuesdays, 5:40-7pm (June 13 – August 22, no class June 6 & July 4)
with Fiona Scruggs

Thursday Community Ballet – Int/Adv, for ages 14-adult

Thursdays, 6-7:30pm (June 8 – Aug 10, no class June 1)
with Hank Bamberger and Daphne Zneimer

Saturday Community Ballet – Adv Beg/Int, for ages 12+

Saturdays, 9:30-11am (June 10 - August 12, no class June 3 & 17)
with Vincent Brewer and Daphne Zneimer

Taekwondo, for ages 4-adult

Mondays 5:45-6:45pm, Wednesdays 7:15-8:15pm, Saturdays 11:30am-1:30pm
with the Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshires
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