Youth Performing Arts Program

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Youth Performing Arts Program

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*Our Summer 2024 schedule is up! Check out weekly classes and intensives, and register today. To reference our Spring 2024 schedule, click here.

Our Youth 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 6 levels to ensure their growth and success, while factoring in age and experience.      
  • Following an interdisciplinary philosophy, Youth Performing Arts Program classes fuse modern techniques with traditional approaches to cultivate a rich artistic experience.    
  • Berkshire Pulse holds its annual Dance and Music Celebration at the end of each Spring Session. Participation in the annual performance is optional. Most Youth Performing Arts Program classes are included, beginning with Dance Foundations through the advanced levels. Additional performance opportunities are available for Levels 3 and 4 throughout the year.

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. 

Enrollment in Levels 1 through 4 requires placement from Pulse teaching artists and staff. New students can take a placement class to determine their level. After class, the teaching artist and programming team will meet to determine placement for each student. No decision will be made on the spot. Please do not ask our teaching artists about class placement. 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, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024.

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Beginner (Ages 4-8+)

Ages 4-8+
1+ classes weekly 

Our youngest dancers begin their journey in classes that foster their individual artistic voice, sense of creativity, and joy in movement.

Classes include: Creative Dance, Tumbling, Music & Storytelling, Intro to Dance, Beginners Tap, Beginners Flamenco, West African Drumming

Berkshire Pulse offers many classes for youth, teens, and adults that require participation in only one class per week. For teens and adults, please refer to our Community Class Program for classes and schedule.

Foundations (Ages 8-13)

Ages 8-13
1+ classes weekly 

Our Foundations Level classes can follow our Beginners Level classes or provide an introduction to dance on their own. These classes introduce dancers to specific dance forms and technique, while continuing a spirit of creativity, exploration, and joy.

Classes include: Dance Foundations, Dance Foundations 2, Beginners Tap, West African Drumming, Dances of Africa, Dance for Boys, Beginners Flamenco, Beginners Funk Box Breaking,
Beginners Ballet

Berkshire Pulse offers many classes for youth, teens, and adults that require participation in only one class per week. For teens and adults, please refer to our Community Class Program for classes and schedule.

Level 1 (Ages 9-12)

Ages 9-12+ 
2+ classes weekly

Level 1 dancers can deepen their experience with movement and learning by progressing into two classes per week. Dancing more than once per week allows for greater ease of progress and sense of fulfillment.

Classes include: Ballet 1, Modern 1, Jazz 1-2, Dances of Africa, Beginners Flamenco, Beginners/Intermediate Funk Box Breaking, Musical Theater Collective, West African Drumming, Beginners Tap

Participation in two classes or more per week is required at this level. Berkshire Pulse offers many classes for youth, teens, and adults that require participation in only one class per week. For teens and adults, please refer to our Community Class Program for classes and schedule.

Level 2 (Ages 10+)

Ages 10+
2+ classes weekly 

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

Classes include: Ballet 2, Pre/Beginners Pointe, Modern 2, Jazz 1-2, Young Choreographers Workshop, Beginners/Intermediate Flamenco, Swing, Beginners/Intermediate Funk Box Breaking, Musical Theater Collective, West African Drumming, Beginners/Intermediate Tap

Participation in two classes or more per week is required at this level. Berkshire Pulse offers many classes for youth, teens, and adults that require participation in only one class per week. For teens and adults, please refer to our Community Class Program for classes and schedule.

Level 3 (Ages 13+)

Ages 13+
3+ classes weekly    

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

Classes include: Ballet 3, Pre/Beginners Pointe, Modern 3, Jazz 3-4, Young Choreographers Workshop, Beginners/Intermediate Flamenco, Swing, Beginners/Intermediate Funk Box Breaking, Musical Theater Collective, West African Drumming, Beginners/Intermediate Tap

Participation in three classes or more per week is required at this level. Berkshire Pulse offers many classes for youth, teens, and adults that require participation in only one class per week. For teens and adults, please refer to our Community Class Program for classes and schedule.

Level 4 (Ages 14+)

Ages 14+ and entering first year of high school
4+ 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 skills and individual expression of movement and artistry. These students are expected to uphold class preparedness with an appropriate dress code 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.

The class schedule is determined by program directors in consideration of individual students’ needs and interests.

Classes include: Ballet 4, Pointe, Contemporary 4, Jazz 3-4, Young Choreographers Initiative, Beginners/Intermediate Flamenco, Swing, Beginners/Intermediate Funk Box Breaking, Musical Theater Collective, West African Drumming, Intermediate/Advanced Tap

Participation in four classes or more per week is required at this level. Berkshire Pulse offers many classes for youth, teens, and adults that require participation in only one class per week. For teens and adults, please refer to our Community Class Program for classes and schedule.


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Summer Intensive Registration Fee (one fee per student)

Starting in 2024, Berkshire Pulse is implementing a $20 non-refundable registration fee for our summer intensives. This charge covers administrative needs and is only charged once per student. If you register for multiple intensives, you will only pay one registration fee per student. This fee is required to register for a Summer Intensive. It is not covered by Tuition Assistance. 
Please purchase ONE registration fee per student when registering for a Summer Intensive at Berkshire Pulse.

Dance Discovery, for ages 8-13

June 24 – 28 | Ages 8 to 13 (half-day option for ages 8-9, mornings only)
Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm (9am-12pm half-day)

Berkshire Pulse Intensive, for ages 11+

July 8 – 20 | Ages 11+
First Week, Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm; Second week, Monday to Saturday, 9am-4pm

Dance Adventure, for ages 4-7

July 22 – 26 | Ages 4-7, half-day
Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm

Hip Hop and Street Style, for ages 10+

July 29 – August 2 | All levels, ages 10 to adult
Monday to Friday, 9am-3:30pm

Musical Theater, for ages 10+

August 5 – 10 | All levels, ages 10+
Monday to Saturday, 9am-3pm

Movement Lab: A Workshop in Professional Practice, for ages 17+

August 12 – 16 | Advanced teens and undergrad students 17+, adults with advanced contemporary experience
Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm

Adult Dance Intensive, for ages 18+

August 19 – 23 | Ages 18+
Monday to Friday, 9am-12:30pm

Dance with Me, for ages 18 months-3 years w/ caregiver participation – FULL, Open to Waitlist Registration Only

Mondays, 4:45-5:30pm (6-week series: June 24, July 1, 8, 22, 29, August 5; no class July 15)
with Sarah Daunt

Groovin’ with my Grown-Up, for ages 10 months-3 years w/ caregiver participation

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am (5-week series: June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24)
with Tricia DeSario

Pre-Pointe/Beginners Pointe Summer Continuation, for ages 11+

Wednesdays, 6:50-7:25pm (June 5 – August 21; no class June 19, July 10 & 17)
with Fiona Scruggs

Taekwondo, for ages 4-adult

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