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In-studio youth classes for the spring session run Feb 22 to June 20, unless otherwise noted. Please note class size is limited in order to maintain social distancing while dancing. Read the information page for details on how we will address classes should our area enter another Covid quarantine period.

CREATIVE DANCE for ages 5-7  (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
With Fiona Scruggs

The joy of movement and imagination are inspired through a playful and guided approach to improvisation, shape, rhythm, balance, flow, and locomotor skills. Lively music, stories, and imagery are key elements of this class. Connections to real-world experiences are made to meet children where they are and build self-esteem in an inclusive group environment. Traditional technique is introduced for continuation in the dance forms of their choice.
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 PM   OR   Saturday 10:30-11:30AM
Feb 24 – April 14                                    Feb 27 – June 20
$136 for the session                              $256 for the session

CREATIVE DANCE for ages 4-7 (Private Group) (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
With Tom Truss

The joy of movement and imagination are inspired through a playful and guided approach to improvisation, shape, rhythm, balance, flow, and locomotor skills. Lively music, stories, and imagery are key elements of this class. Connections to real-world experiences are made to meet children where they are and build self-esteem in an inclusive group environment. Traditional technique is introduced for continuation in the dance forms of their choice.
Monday 3:45-4:45 PM
Private group
Feb 8 – April 14
$144 for the session

DANCE FOUNDATIONS for ages 8-10  (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with Veronica Bone

Students build a basic understanding of traditional modern and ballet dance technique while learning to loosen, strengthen and explore their body’s movement vocabulary. With joyful and dynamic exercises and improvisational techniques, basic principles of rhythm, movement quality, musicality, and healthy alignment are acquired laying a clear foundation for further interdisciplinary dance studies.
Tuesday 4-5pm
Feb. 23 – June 14
$256 for the session

MODERN 1 for ages 9-11  (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with Susan Quinn

Students build upon the fundamentals of dance technique through the study of traditional modern dance principles. Through center practice, basic phrasework, dynamic traveling sequences, improvisation and dance making, students will establish a strong sense of alignment, rhythmic and musical versatility and freedom of expression through movement.
Monday 4-5:15pm
Feb. 22 – June 14
$240 for the session

MODERN 2 for ages 11-13  (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with Veronica Bone

In this dance class we will continue to build upon the fundamentals of modern dance technique, focusing on alignment, balance, fall and recovery, strengthening and releasing. Additionally, we will explore our own creative instincts and movement vocabulary, taking our cues from the natural surroundings to create a dynamic conversation of movement between ourselves and nature. A conscientious and supportive group experience in a safe and caring environment is emphasized.  One additional technique class is required to participate in this class.
Wednesday 4-5:15 PM
Feb. 24 – June 16
$256 for the session

MODERN 2 for ages 11-13  (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with Veronica Bone

In this dance class we will continue to build upon the fundamentals of modern dance technique, focusing on alignment, balance, fall and recovery, strengthening and releasing. Additionally, we will explore our own creative instincts and movement vocabulary, taking our cues from the natural surroundings to create a dynamic conversation of movement between ourselves and nature. A conscientious and supportive group experience in a safe and caring environment is emphasized. One additional technique class is required to participate in this class.
Thursday 4-5:30 PM
Feb. 25 – June 17
$256 for the session

MODERN 3 for ages 13+
With Moscelyne ParkeHarrison

This class is centered on the principles and techniques of modern dance. Particular emphasis is placed on alignment and freedom of the body, as well as grounding and continuous movement.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of Limón, Cunningham, and Graham technique, and how these dance languages are relevant in contemporary dance. The class will progress through a series of set exercises and build upon phrase material informed by modern modalities. Two technique classes are required for participants in this class. These can include Modern, Ballet, Flamenco or Jazz. Modern 3 students are encouraged to participate in the Young Choreographers Workshop which immediately follows this class on Wednesdays.
Wednesday 4-5:30 PM
Feb. 24 – June 16
$256 for the session

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS WORKSHOP* for ages 14+
with Susan Quinn
Open level

This class offers dancers an opportunity to expand their own movement vocabulary while deepening their skills in spatial design, dynamics, rhythm and form. We will hone improvisational and collaborative skills by crafting dance into solo and group forms while at the same time uncovering how movement and space are both personal and political. This class will culminate in a presentation open to the public in May or June. One additional technique class is required to participate in this class.
Wednesday 5:45-7PM
Feb. 10 – Apr. 14
$256 for the session

MODERN 4 for ages 16+    (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with Madison Vomastek

The Modern 4 class is an exploration between history, freedom, and structure within modern dance movements and practices. This class will harness improvisation, floorwork, technique, and artistry. In culmination, the class will perform an original work choreographed by Madison Vomastek in collaboration with the dancers and other artistic mediums. A minimum of five technique classes are required for participants of this class.
Thursday 6-7:45PM
Feb. 11 – June 18
$288 for the session

BEGINNERS BALLET for ages 8+
with Fiona Scruggs

The foundations of ballet class, technique, alignment, vocabulary, and rhythm are introduced. Students will learn introductory skills of using the ballet barre. Center and traveling classwork draw on character (theatrical folk dance) rhythms and traditional ballet technique progressions. Creativity and experiencing music through movement are emphasized.
Saturday 9–10 AM
Feb. 27 – June 20
$256 for the session

BALLET 1 for ages 10-12 (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with Fiona Scruggs

Ballet fundamentals and skills are introduced through the use of the barre and mirror as training tools. Short ballet movement phrases are inspired by character (theatrical folk) dance and classical ballet technique to further develop musicality and vocabulary. Group awareness, positive body image, and the joy of artistic expression and storytelling are emphasized.
Friday 4:00-5:15 PM  OR  Tuesday 4:30 – 5:45PM
Feb. 26 – June 18
$240 for the Friday session,    $225 for the Tuesday session

BALLET 2/PRE-POINTE for ages 11+  (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with with Madison Vomastek (Tuesdays) and Moscelyne ParkeHarrison (Saturdays)

This class is for students with previous ballet training including a solid understanding of basic ballet vocabulary. We will build on that vocabulary and refine alignment through core strengthening and dynamic barre work that directly relates to exercises and phrase work in center. Emphasis is placed on whole body movement, breathing, musicality and, most importantly, maintaining a healthy body image. Students will learn a ballet variation. Pre-pointe work will be introduced for students interested in progressing to pointe. Two ballet classes a week and one modern class is required for these students.
Tuesday 3:45-5:15 PM, Feb.23 – June 15
Saturday 9-11 AM, Feb.27 – June 19
$256 for each session

BALLET 3 for ages 14+
with Isadora Wolfe

In these classes, ballet will be taught with an emphasis on developing core strength, healthy body image and versatility of artistic language. With the addition of increased nuance and artistry, students build on the foundational skills and vocabulary required for more advanced level practice. Individual physicality and expression are solidified and refined. Artistry and technical stamina are equally challenged with complexity in phrasework and the study of Variations.

Pointe work is a traditional extension of ballet technique, but not a requirement of the advanced level ballet student. Two upper level Ballet classes per week plus one modern or jazz and a contemporary class are required for participation in ballet 3. Three ballet classes, in addition to modern or jazz and contemporary class are required for students training en pointe.
Tuesday 5:30–7:30 PM
Jan. 26 – June 15, no class 2/2
$288 for the session

BALLET 3 for ages 12+
with Shana ParkeHarrison

*By invitation. Two level 2 ballet classes, and one modern or jazz technique class is required for participation in this class.
Students continue to lay a strong foundation for further development of technical and artistic skills including more challenging rhythmic variations and longer phrases and additional classical ballet vocabulary. At least two Ballet 2 classes and one Modern or Jazz technique class per week are required for Ballet at this level. Plus: Appropriate classroom etiquette, ability to accept corrections, a general sense of musicality, Firm grasp of basic ballet barre and center work vocabulary. These students have completed at least two years of ballet training. Students may enroll in this class by invitation.
Friday 3:45–5:15 PM
Feb. 26 – June 18
$240 for the session

BALLET 4 for ages 14+
with Isadora Wolfe

Building on the foundations of technique developed in Levels 1 -3, these classes introduce more advanced ballet vocabulary, develop artistic and musical phrasing, and hone the functional alignment principles necessary for a healthy and full movement experience. Classes build stamina and endurance, deepen each dancer’s knowledge of their individual habits and strengths, and further refine qualitative expression, to give the dancer more options within their body and challenge them towards growth.

Pointe work is a traditional extension of ballet technique, but not a requirement of the advanced level ballet student. Three (from 2-3) upper level Ballet classes per week plus one modern or jazz and a contemporary class are required for participation in ballet 4.
Friday 4-5:30 PM, Jan 29 – June 19, no class 2/5
Saturday 12–1:45 PM no class 2/5, Feb 13 – June 20, no class 1/30 or 2/6
$288 for each session

DANCE FOR BOYS for ages 11+
with Tom Masters

Here’s a chance to jump, turn and soar! This class introduces boys, and male identifying persons, to the athletic and artistic skills required in dance training. The class includes elementary classical dance technique, improvisation and dance making. Rhythm, movement quality, musicality, and healthy alignment are developed while offering students the opportunity to explore their own strengths and abilities through a diverse dance practice. An inspiring foundation for further study in all dance forms, sports and life!
Thursday 4-5:30 PM
Feb. 25 – June 17
$256 for the session

JAZZ FUNDAMENTALS for ages 11+  (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
With Madison Vomestek

Jazz Fundamentals is an introductory class to the dynamics, technique, and overall spirit of Jazz movement. This class will incorporate improvisational elements and phrase work paired with a conscious effort to explore musicality. In culmination the students will perform an original piece choreographed by Madison Vomastek.
Tuesdays 5:45-7 PM
Feb. 23 – June 14
$256 for the session

JAZZ 2 for ages 11+  (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with Tom Masters

This class will focus on learning proper dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Matt Mattox and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer. We’ll be dancing in the grass, so dancers will need jazz shoes or socks for this class. Requirements: one additional class a week in either modern or ballet, Flamenco or Dances of Africa are all options.
Monday 4-5:30 PM
Feb. 22 – June 20
$240 for the session

BROADWAY JAZZ 3 for ages 13+    (Class at full capacity, please inquire at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com)
with Tom Masters

This high-energy class will prepare any dancer for the bright lights of Broadway! Relying heavily on a knowledge of ballet and jazz, this class will place a high focus on musical interpretation as you learn actual Broadway choreography. Participation in an additional ballet and/or modern technique class is required for students in this class.
Saturday 2:30-4 PM
Feb 13 – June 20
$288 for the session

TAP INTERMEDIATE for ages 11-adult
with Tom Masters

This class will be focusing on clean technique and developing a wider vocabulary of steps.
Friday 5:30-6:30 PM
Feb. 26 – June 19
$240 for the session

TAP INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED for ages 12-adult
with Tom Masters

This class will be focusing on clean technique, speed of sound and more complex combinations of steps.
Feb. 27 – June 19
$288 for the session

WORLD MUSIC AND DANCE PROGRAM
Kim Waterman, Director
The mission of the World Music and Dance Program is to honor diverse traditional dances and music from around the world, and to draw inspiration from the study of these forms. Traditional dance and music form the foundation to most of the contemporary dance forms we enjoy today, and Pulse weaves together the “roots and branches” of dance so that students develop a deep understanding of the evolution of the art form they are studying.

The Berkshires is a community that presents many opportunities to explore culture in all art forms, and Pulse is dedicated to contributing to the ongoing cultural education of our students. We hope to instill a sense of appreciation for others and pride in their own backgrounds. Today more than ever, an open mind and heart are necessary for the growth of resilient global citizens, and we hope that is exactly what our students will grow to be.

DANCES OF AFRICA for ages 8+
with Kim Waterman on ZOOM

This high-energy class introduces students to the foundation principles of Modern/Jazz technique through the study of African rooted rhythms and dances. Students will study isolations, range in movement quality, elementary jazz form, and rhythmic footwork. They will learn to identify beat and pulse in music and in their own bodies. Traditional dances provide a rich forum for both technical and creative expression in individual and group process. Students will receive weekly links via email to videos to learn the steps, and we will review and dance together on ZOOM. Access to email, YouTube and ZOOM required.
Wednesday 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Feb. 24 – Apr. 28
$144 for the session

WORLD MUSIC DRUMMING for ages 8-12
with Rick Shrum

This rhythm and world music introductory class offers students a chance to feel and play with the rhythms of their own lives and of the world. Drummers will listen and learn the pulse and patterns of rhythms to repeat and master, the “call and response” of songs and to hear and respond to “the break” (to start, change, and stop movement and playing.) As the class progresses the group will learn to play different parts against and with one another creating an ensemble of inspirational rhythm and music. Instruments provided.
Tuesday 3:45-4:30 PM
Feb. 23 – June 18
$256 for the session

INTRO TO FLAMENCO for ages 9-12
with Joanne B. Jackson

In this class, beginner students will be introduced to all the basic aspects of Flamenco. Weekly classes will focus on footwork (as a percussion instrument), upper body coordination, understanding flamenco music, and compás and proper posture and breathing. With consistent attendance, students will begin to develop the muscular strength, movement skills, artistic nuance and musicality necessary for flamenco dance.
Thursday 4:30–5:30 PM
Feb. 25 – June 17
$256 for the session