Youth Performing Arts Program

Youth Performing Arts Program

The Spring session runs January 3 through May 27, unless otherwise noted. Pulse studios are fully closed January 16 and April 7. Youth PAP classes are on pause for the weeks of February 20-26 and April 17-23. The annual Spring Celebration performance is scheduled for May 27 & 28 (more info TBA).
Online registration opens Monday, December 12.

In-person registration
December 19-23, 27-30: 10am-3pm

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

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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

JANUARY SERIES: African Dance workshops with Nkoula Badila, for ages 11-adult

Mondays, 4-5:30pm (January 9, January 23, January 30)
with Nkoula Badila

JANUARY SERIES: HIP HOP, for ages 10-15

Fridays, 4-5pm (January 6-27)
with Dashawn Davis

Creative Dance, for ages 4-6

Thursdays, 3:45-4:30pm (January 19 - May 25); Saturdays, 9-9:45am (January 21 - May 27)
Thursdays with Sara Kiesel; Saturdays with Erin Naylor. *SATURDAY CLASS FULL. REGISTRATION FOR WAITLIST ONLY*

Tumbling, for ages 5-7

Saturdays, 10-11am (January 21 - May 27) with Erin Naylor *10am CLASS FULL. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR WAITLIST ONLY*
*NEW* Saturdays, 11:15am-12:15pm (February 4 - May 27) with Erin Naylor

Intro to Dance, for ages 6-8

Thursdays, 3:45-4:45pm (January 19 - May 25) with Shannon Nulf
*CLASS FULL. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR WAITLIST ONLY*

Beginners Tap, for ages 7+

Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm (February 1 - May 24)
with Molly Welch

Beginners Flamenco, for ages 7-12

Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm (January 19 - May 25)
with Joanne B. Jackson

Dances of Africa, for ages 6-10

Tuesdays, 3:45-4:45pm (February 7 - May 23)
with Nkoula Badila

Beginners Drumming, for ages 8-adult

Mondays, 3:45-4:30pm (January 23 - May 22)
with Rick Shrum

Beginner Funk Box Breaking, for ages 10+

Fridays, 4-5pm (February 3 - May 26)
with Andres Ramirez

Intermediate Funk Box Breaking, for ages 10+

Fridays, 5-6pm (February 3 - May 26)
with Andres Ramirez

Community Boxing Gym at the Housie Dome, for 8th graders-adults

Fridays, 4:45-5:45pm (February 3 - May 26)
with Genève Brossard / Berkshire Boxing

Dance for Boys, for ages 10-14

Thursdays, 3:45-5pm (February 2 - May 25)
with Tom Masters and Gillian Ebersole

Beginners Ballet, for ages 8-10

Saturdays, 9-10am (January 21 - May 27)
with Fiona Scruggs

Ballet 1, for ages 9-12

Saturdays, 10:10-11:25am (January 21 - May 27)
with Fiona Scruggs

Modern 1, for ages 9-12

Wednesdays, 4-5:15pm (January 18 - May 24)
with Bettina Montano

Modern 2, for ages 11+

Mondays, 4-5:30pm (January 9 - May 22)
with Gillian Ebersole

Ballet 2-3, for ages 10+

Tuesdays and Fridays, 4-5:30pm (January 10 - May 26)
with Fiona Scruggs

Jazz 2-3, for ages 11+

Thursdays, 5:30-7pm (January 12 - May 25)
with Tom Masters

Modern 3, for ages 13+

Mondays, 4-5:40pm (January 9 - May 22)
with Bettina Montano and Shannon Nulf

Young Choreographers Workshop, for ages 13+

Mondays, 5:45-7pm (January 9 - May 22)
with Susan Quinn

Young Choreographers Initiative, for ages 16+

Tuesdays, 5:45-7:15pm (January 10 - May 23)
with Susan Quinn

Contemporary 4, for ages 14-adult

Tuesdays, 4-5:30pm (January 3 - May 23)
with Sayer Mansfield and Joseph Poulson

Ballet 4/Variations, for ages 14-adult

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm (January 18 - May 24)
with Alex Bloomstein

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

Fridays, 5:40-6:20pm (January 13 - May 26)
with Fiona Scruggs

Beginners Pointe, for ages 12+ (by invitation)

Fridays, 5:40-6:20pm (January 13 - May 26)
with Fiona Scruggs

Broadway Jazz 3-4, for ages 14-adult

Fridays, 5-6:30pm (February 3 - May 26)
with Tom Masters

Tap – Int/Adv, for ages 12-adult

Mondays, 5:25-6:25pm (January 9 - May 22)
with Tom Masters

Musical Theater for Teens, for ages 12-14

Thursdays, 4-5pm (January 19 - May 25)
with Wendy Welch

Theater Audition Technique, for ages 15-18

Thursdays, 5-6pm (January 19 - May 25)
with Wendy Welch

Taekwondo, for ages 4-adult

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