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YOUTH CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DESCRIPTIONS

Registration for the Spring 2020 semester is available for continuing students only at this time. Registration for all students will begin soon.
–Online registration is now available
–You can also register in person at our studios, or by phone: Monday-Friday 3-7PM; Saturdays from 9AM – Noon

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–> Spring 2020 Youth Class Schedule

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CLASS DESCRIPTIONS & LEVEL REQUIREMENTS


Intro & FoundationLevel 1 •  Level 2 •  Level 3Level 4 •  Dance for Boys •  World Music & Dance •  Musical Theater


INTRO & FOUNDATION LEVELS – BEGINNERS


CREATIVE DANCE/PRE-BALLET

(Ages 3.5-5)
In this class, dance is inspired in a nurturing, fun and creative environment. Children will engage in rhythm exercises, dance games, movement sequences, improvisational exercises all while being introduced to the primary principles of dance technique in interaction with a wide variety of music. This Creative Dance/Pre-Ballet curriculum also emphasizes learning to work cooperatively with others and the development of self-esteem through a repeated sense of accomplishment.

TAP FOR TINIES 

(Ages 4-6)

Jumpin’, jivin’, stompin’, clapping, pitter-pattering.Tap for Tinies offers the young child a creative, nurturing and super fun environment to explore tap dancing.

BEGINNERS TAP 

(Ages 6-8)

This class an introduction to the basic tap fundamentals terminology. We will focus on developing coordination, rhythmic skills and proper tap technique. Students will work as a group and have lots of fun creating rhythmic patterns and choreography.

DANCE EXPRESSIONS 1

(Ages 6-8)
A playful approach to traditional technique, improvisation, shape and rhythm, music and story, balance and flow, this class is an ideal introduction to dance. The pleasure of movement is inspired while preparing students for continuation in the dance form of their choice. Students must be at the first-grade level, to participate in this class. Requirements: Consistent attendance, appropriate classroom etiquette, and lots of enthusiasm!

MODERN/BALLET FOUNDATIONS

(Ages 8-10)
Students build a basic understanding of traditional Ballet and Modern dance technique while learning to loosen, strengthen and explore their body’s movement vocabulary. Basic principles of rhythm, movement quality, musicality, and healthy alignment are acquired laying a clear foundation for further interdisciplinary dance studies. For level progression, this class leads to Ballet I, Modern I classes. Students enrolled in this class are also welcome to take the Dances of Africa class.  Requirements: Consistent attendance, ability to follow instruction, appropriate classroom etiquette, and lots of enthusiasm!

BEGINNERS BALLET

(Ages 8+)
A great class for new students interested in trying Ballet for the first time or for students who are already participating in a Foundation or Level 1 Pulse class and would benefit from and welcome another opportunity to be in a dance practice during the week.

In this class the formative elements of a ballet class are introduced including classical use of the barre and mirror as training tools. Dancing in center and traveling draws on character (theatrical folk dance) rhythms and traditional basics for balletic progression. Dancing more than once per week allows for greater ease of progress and sense of fulfillment. Therefore, students participating in this class are encouraged to enroll in any of the following classes in addition to Beginners Ballet: Modern/Ballet Foundations, Dances of Africa, Modern 1, Dance for boys 1 or Tap.

DANCES OF AFRICA

(Ages 9-12)
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, rhythmic footwork, and traveling exercises and 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 learn the basics of percussion, with opportunities to play shakers, claves, and bells. Live drumming every other week! Requirements: Consistent attendance, ability to follow instruction, appropriate classroom etiquette and dance attire, and lots of enthusiasm!

INTRODUCTION TO TUMBLING

(Ages 4-6)
This class offers a fun and exciting introduction to tumbling and building basic skills for gymnastics for the young, active child. Students will practice balance, coordination, and strength that can support them in becoming more confident with their bodies. They will learn about major muscle groups and how to use them as well as some yoga stretching that will benefit them in dance, other sports, and play. Skills introduced and practiced will include forward/backward tumbles, headstands, handstands, shoulder stands, backbends, cartwheels, and smart stretching for safe practice and flexibility.

BEGINNERS TUMBLING

(Ages 6-9)
Basic skills for gymnastics are further explored and developed and new skills introduced. Emphasis is on building confidence and having fun!


LEVEL 1


Participation in two classes per week is required at this level only if participating in Ballet or Modern 1.  Dancing more than once per week allows for greater ease of progress and sense of fulfillment.

Level Requirements: lots of enthusiasm, Consistent attendance, ability to follow instruction and maintain focus, appropriate classroom etiquette and dance attire, and the ability to welcome challenges and accept corrections.

BALLET 1

(Ages 9+)
The formative elements of a ballet class are introduced including classical use of the barre and mirror as training tools. The center work orientation for balletic progression draws on character (theatrical folk dance) rhythms and traditional traveling ballet basics. Ballet fundamentals are introduced and skills developed into short phrases of movement inspired by character (theatrical folk) dance and classical ballet technique.

MODERN 1

(Ages 9+)
Students develop the fundamentals of dance technique through the study of traditional Modern Dance principles. Through center practice, exercises across the floor, basic phrase-work, improvisation and dance making, students will establish a strong sense of alignment, rhythmic and musical versatility and freedom of expression through movement.

DANCES OF AFRICA

(Ages 9-12)
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, rhythmic footwork, and traveling exercises and 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 learn the basics of percussion, with opportunities to play shakers, claves, and bells. Live drumming every other week! Requirements: Consistent attendance, ability to follow instruction, appropriate classroom etiquette and dance attire, and lots of enthusiasm!


LEVEL 2


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. Requirements for LEVEL 2 students: include, participation in two or more classes per week for students participating in Ballet or Modern classes (in accordance with individual placement recommendations), enthusiasm for further challenges and progress, ability to accept corrections, appropriate classroom etiquette, and a solid understanding of foundation through Level I Ballet and Modern technique.

BALLET 2

(Age 11+)
This class is for students with previous ballet training including an understanding of basic ballet vocabulary. We will build on that vocabulary and refine alignment through dynamic barre work that directly relates through to traveling center work. Emphasis is placed on whole body movement, breathing, and musicality. Simultaneous participation in Ballet 1, Jazz 1&2 or Open level Ballet community class is required for this class. If interested in Pointe track, then two Ballet classes plus Modern are required per week.

DANCE EXPRESSIONS 2

(Age 12+)
The Dance Expressions class offers a space for students to explore the creative process in a supportive environment. Incorporating a variety of genres including Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop influences, each class will involve general technique, alignment, and core strength training as well as vigorous dance conditioning. Equal emphasis will be placed on students developing their individual talents while advancing skills associated with creating and working as a community. Through improvisation and dance making exercises students will work together to create original movement and choreography that fully expresses each dancer’s inner voice and identity.

The primary goal of this class is to get students excited, motivated, and moving in new ways that empower, challenge and inspire them to reach their fullest potential.

MODERN 2

(Age 11+)
This class will continue the development of modern dance technique, which includes focus on alignment, strengthening, release, clarity of movement, fall and recovery and awareness of individual expression. Emphasis is placed on moving with clarity and musicality while building an understanding of the body as a tool for versatility of expression. A conscientious group experience is emphasized. This class is a preparation for intermediate level work and will challenge, inspire and foster the love of dance as both an art form and a tool for developing the dedication necessary in fulfilling personal goals.


LEVEL 3 – INTERMEDIATE


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 during breaks with level appropriate Pulse community classes, workshops, and intensives.

INTERMEDIATE
Four to five classes a week are required for students participating in Ballet at this level, and who would like to proceed to pointe work. Level 3 Ballet students may take 2 upper-level plus 1-2 lower-level Ballet, and 1 Modern, Jazz or Contemporary technique classes per week to fulfill Level 3 technique class requirements. New Level 3 Intermediate Students interested in pointework beginning in January are asked to please notify us so that individual scheduling accommodations may be made. Individual class schedules are determined by Program Directors. (See more details about pointe work below.)

INTERMEDIATE-NO POINTE OPTION
4 classes a week are required at this level. While Pointe work is a natural extension of Ballet technique, it is not a requirement of the Intermediate level Ballet student, who may choose to fulfill the Level 3 Ballet requirements without proceeding onto pointe. Level 3 Modern students not interested in the pointe track may take two Modern technique classes and one Ballet 2 class to fulfill Level 3 technique class requirements. Students are also encouraged to participate in choreography and/or multi-cultural dance classes at this level of practice in order to further develop artistry and versatility of expression.

BALLET 3

(Age 12+)
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. Requirements: At least two Ballet classes and one Modern 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.

MODERN 3 (with Ryoko Kudo)

(Intergenerational Age 13-Adult)
This modern class will be an introduction to the Limón Style for dancers with previous dance experience. Dancers will explore the principles of the Limón Technique focusing on coordination of breath and weight in terms of falling, rebounding, and suspending. Movements with phrase work will be introduced, to warm up the body as an orchestra and then travel through space. Dancers will gain a deeper understanding of different uses of effort to play with dynamic ranges, as well as clarify intentions and motivations for movement with musical sensitivity.

Topics frequently emphasized will be the conscious use of breath, alignment, clarity of movement, rhythmic versatility, employment of musicality, creative expression and strength. A conscientious group experience is an essential component to the individual and group goals of this class. Requirements: One Ballet 2 class and another Modern, Jazz, African or Flamenco class is required for Intermediate Modern students not interested in the pointe track. Plus: Appropriate classroom etiquette, good sense of space, ability to accept corrections, a general sense of musicality, knowledge of basic modern floor and center work principles.

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS WORKSHOP

(Ages 14+)
This class offers dancers an opportunity to expand their own movement vocabulary while deepening their skills in spatial design, dynamics, rhythm and motif development. 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.  Viewing diverse examples of choreography will further inspire our practice. This class culminates in a mid-year presentation of works in progress open to the public. Level progression for this class leads to participation in The Young Choreographers’ Initiative and prepares seniors for their solo graduation performance.


LEVEL 4 – ADVANCED


Advanced level students are required to participate in a minimum of 5 classes per week. The class schedule is determined by program Directors in consideration of individual student’s needs and interests. In addition, students are expected to have a self-motivated and rigorous work ethic, exemplary classroom etiquette, the ability to welcome ongoing challenges and retain corrections, to retain complicated and diverse phrase work and lengthy variations, and patience to go deeper into developing the technical skill, individual quality of movement and musical artistry. Level 3 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. Participants in this level have the opportunity to study with visiting teaching artists regularly throughout the year and are invited to participate in workshops at other studios in the region.

BALLET 4 – NO POINTE 

Six classes a week are required at this level. Since pointework is not a requirement of the Level 4 Ballet student these classes may include 3 upper-level Ballet and 2 Modern, Jazz or Contemporary technique classes per week to fulfill technique class requirements. Students are also encouraged to participate in choreography and/or multi-cultural dance classes at this level of practice in order to further develop artistry and versatility of expression.

BALLET 4 – ADVANCED WITH POINTE

(Age 14+)
With the addition of increased nuance and artistry, students build on the skills and vocabulary required for more advanced level material. A student’s individual capacity is solidified and refined. Artistry and technical stamina are equally challenged. Variations and partnering are introduced. Pointe work is a natural extension of Ballet technique, but not a requirement of the Advanced level Ballet student. Requirements: Four upper-level Ballet classes, in addition to the recommended interdisciplinary class schedule, are required for students training en pointe.

MODERN 4 – ADVANCED

(Intergenerational, Age 14+)
Modern dance training at this level emphasizes technical and artistic work which encourages students to challenge themselves as emerging artists, self-assured athletes and responsible individuals fully committed to the process of creative and technical growth. Students will broaden their dance vocabulary with new and increasingly difficult technique while continuing to develop strength, flexibility, alignment, and musicality. In addition, students will be challenged to push the limits of their stamina, strength, and focus, and inspired to deepen their understanding of the art of performance and the rewards of physical practice at this level. Group awareness and a conscientious mindset are expected at all times. Requirements: Three ballet 3 classes and a minimum of two upper-level modern classes are required for intermediate II/advanced Modern students not interested in the pointe track.

SENIOR CHOREOGRAPHIC PROJECT

Age 17+ (A full-year commitment)
Level 3 dancers who are in their final year at Berkshire Pulse will explore the process of creating original dance and will ultimately choreograph a solo piece to be performed in the end-of-year Performance. Participation in the Choreographer’s Workshop class is required for this senior student and will serve as an opportunity for developing skills and material. To be eligible for this project, the student must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 additional classes per week throughout the year. In the Spring session, this student will be required to work independently of class time on a weekly basis, with additional rehearsals arranged for working with their chosen faculty mentor.

REPERTORY WORKSHOP

(Age 13-adult)
Returns 2020
Repertory Workshops are offered to teen Level 3 and adult community dancers.  These workshops focus on developing technical expertise, expressive range, and stylistic clarity by giving students the opportunity to study significant work from contemporary choreographers and performing dances that represent diverse approaches to dance making. A workshop series is introduced on Saturdays once per month in the Fall, leading to additional rehearsals in preparation for Spring performance. These workshops offer a concentrated glimpse of a choreographer’s work and creative process while engaging students in collaborative, intergenerational learning.

POINTE

GENERAL POINTE REQUIREMENTS:

Pointe work is extremely challenging and demands a high level of commitment to fine tune alignment, build strength and coordination. Appropriate physical and emotional maturity are required in order to begin Pointe work, which generally does not occur before the age of 12. At least two years of prior Ballet training are a necessary preparation. Pointe work is available to Intermediate and Advanced level Ballet students by Program Director’s invitation.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in Pointe class requires consistent attendance in all technique classes throughout the week.

POINTE CURRICULUM

Three or more Ballet classes per week IN ADDITION TO Pre-Pointe/Pointe, Modern 3, and other interdisciplinary classes are required at this level. Level 3 and 4 students interested in pursuing pointe work are encouraged to inform their ballet teacher so that the necessary scheduling preparations can be made.

PRE-POINTE

(Age 12+)
This class is for Level 3 Intermediate students interested in pursuing Pointework. Pre-Pointe and Beginners Pointe curriculum include barre and center work which targets building and maintaining strength and stability in the ankles and feet. More accurate alignment is also emphasized as well as expressive legwork and foot articulation. Additionally, the focus will be placed on control of turnout and core strength. Thera-band exercises specific to developing metatarsal strength will support Pointe preparation. This class is for Level 3 Intermediate students interested in pursuing Pointework. This is a preparatory class for Pointe. This class is taken in Ballet slippers.

POINTE – Beginner

(Age 12-13+)
Students beginning pointe will discover the critical sense of balance and alignment that it takes to stabilize over the platform of pointe shoes. They will further energize their dance training, engaging more strength while employing a new coordination. This slow process builds the pointe foundation for graduating from two hands on the ballet barre to one hand, to the freedom of center work. Schedule of required classes for beginning Pointe students is determined based on the individual needs of each student and group with whom they are participating. Beginning pointe students do not perform en pointe in the first year.

POINTE – Intermediate (incorporated into class work)

(Age 14+)
Weekly class schedule will be determined by Program Directors. Pointe foundation is further challenged with increased repetitions, speed, balance and sustained movement. Additional pointe vocabulary is acquired.

POINTE – Advanced (incorporated into class work)

(Age 14+)
Weekly class schedule will be determined by Program Directors. Complex pointe work combinations will challenge the advanced pointe student. These students will work towards the goal of translating their ballet technique in full capacity to pointe. Variations from classical ballets will be taught, which demands stretching beyond technical execution. Artistry and musicality develop the subtle art of pointe work.


DANCE FOR BOYS PROGRAM


Dance, specifically for boys in the Berkshire Pulse Performing Arts curriculum, begins with the Level 1 boys’ classes. Prior to Level 1, boys are welcome to participate in the Creative Dance, Dance Expressions 1, Dances of Africa and any foundation and beginner level classes offered. Students may also continue with level progression in all other Performing Arts Program classes if they choose to.

Classes in the Pulse Dance for Boys Program are designed to instill the strength, flexibility, coordination and inner discipline specific to the skills a male dancer must acquire as he progresses in his dance training. Artistry and presentation are introduced in a wide variety of movement styles and techniques and equal emphasis is placed on inspiring the expression of both sensitive and powerful movement in an individual as well as a group experience.

DANCE for BOYS 1

(Ages 7-9)
This class is a highly physical introduction to dance designed for the active boy. Students will explore games, obstacle courses, tumbling, Contact Improvisation, Modern Technique and dance making as a way to develop strength, balance, teamwork, coordination and creative expression. No previous experience is necessary, just the desire to move and have fun while learning a kinesthetic art form.

DANCE for BOYS 2

(Age 9+)
Here’s a chance to jump, turn and soar! A continuation of Boys 1, this class introduces boys 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 boys the opportunity to explore their own strengths and abilities through a diverse dance practice. An excellent foundation for further study in all dance forms, sports and life!

DANCE for BOYS 3

(Ages 11+)
Participation in 2 or more classes per week is required at this level. This class further develops dance technique for boys. Class work will emphasize healthy alignment, strength and additional upper body conditioning, release, fall and recovery, clarity of movement and individual expression. Partnering will be explored and developed and exercises to enhance precise coordination for speed of legwork and improving quality of jumps will be practiced; all skills necessary for a wider vocabulary of movement intrinsic to the power of the male dancer. Requirements: Consistent attendance, ability to follow instruction, appropriate classroom etiquette and dance attire, and lots of enthusiasm!


WORLD MUSIC AND DANCE PROGRAM


WORLD MUSIC – Beginner/Intermediate

For children ages 8-12

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.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED WORLD MUSIC – DRUM & SONG

Ages 12+

Placement in this class is at the sole discretion of the instructor. A trial class may be required. This class is for the more experienced hand-drummer and percussionist and requires articulation of tone/ slap/bass and sound stick technique. Students will have the opportunity to arrange music and take part in drumming and singing multi-part rhythms. Students will learn advanced breaks, solo phrasing, intricate percussion parts, advanced compositions, and singing while playing. Progression at this level will include joining the lead drummer in accompanying the Berkshire Pulse Afro-Caribbean community dance classes or the Dances of Africa class. Students who are asked to play for the community Afro-Caribbean dance class will:
Play advanced parts by themselves on Djembe, Djun Djun, Bell, and other percussion instruments and have a strong capacity on each type of instrumentation
–Drum for dancers for up to 1/2 hour at a time thus requiring stamina
–Be confident in calling breaks for dancers (if on djembe)
–Have an ability to act maturely in an adult setting and be flexible with the needs of the instructor guiding them
–Be invited to take part as drummers in the final Afro-Caribbean drum and dance class presentation at the annual Performance Celebration and at other performance venues throughout the year

ACCOMPANIMENT FOR ADVANCED DRUMMERS

Ages 12+

The Accompaniment Class for Advanced Drummers is offered for drumming students who are ready to take the next step in their study of drumming technique and begin to use their skills to accompany dance classes. Students will gain experience playing for the dance, including; watching the dancers to gauge appropriate tempos, learning how to play breaks to support the dance, increasing understanding of how the drumming+dancing+singing=music, and deepening their awareness of how this is a community experience – many individuals must communicate and work with each other to create this experience for all. In addition to drumming and singing, students will occasionally be asked to join the dancers and try some of the steps to foster their understanding of how the dance and rhythms fit each other.

DANCES OF AFRICA

Ages 9-12

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, rhythmic footwork, and traveling exercises and 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 learn the basics of percussion, with opportunities to play shakers, claves, and bells. Live drumming every other week! Requirements: Consistent attendance, ability to follow instructions, appropriate classroom etiquette and dance attire, and lots of enthusiasm!

AFRO-CARRIBEAN DANCE COMMUNITY CLASS (will resume in 2020)

(Intergenerational, Ages 13+)

Explore traditional African dance in the many African-rooted dances of Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil in this high energy class. Students move through a warm up filled with yoga, isolations and rhythmic movement into a dance combination that travels across the floor. No prior experience is required for participation in this class. WITH LIVE DRUMMING AND SONG!

HIP HOP/CONTEMPORARY COMMUNITY CLASS

(ages 13- prior dance experience required, ages 13+ open level)
ON HOLD

The Hip Hop classes at Pulse are about individual self-expression. Through the introduction of Hip Hop fundamentals, students explore the outer kinesphere of movement technique, body shapes, and rhythm, while investigating new language of expression within themselves. In a safe, judgment-free atmosphere, classes guide students to connect two things: personal movement and self-confidence. In addition to Hip Hop techniques, dancers will be grappling and playing with a wide variety of different dance forms to develop confidence, advance physical conditioning and solidify ability to express with intention and clarity of movement. This class emphasizes physical intensity, passion, and self-authenticity.

FLAMENCO – For Men and Women

Flamenco is proud and unique. The one who feels it cannot describe it, it hits the heart, not the intellect. Flamenco is a global art form, originating with the gypsies in Andalucia, and growing beyond the boundaries of Spain and now, well known all over the world. Flamenco dance and music embodies universal and genuine human emotion, which transcends culture to touch the souls of all people. Flamenco is an expression of love, passion, and joy, but also of anger and great grief. Flamenco offers a rich transformative experience and a lifelong journey of discovery, challenge, and development.

FLAMENCO 1

Beginners, Ages 10-adult
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, artistry and musicality necessary for flamenco dance.

FLAMENCO 2

Advanced Beginner/ Intermediate Ages 13+ (Community Class Pass membership applies)
In this class, students will learn to express themselves with dramatic movements while further developing skillful footwork and an enhanced understanding of the exciting rhythms and soulful songs of gypsy music. With consistent attendance, students develop the muscular strength, movement ability, artistic nuance and musicality necessary for flamenco dance.

CAPOEIRA

Ages 9+ ( also offered as a community class for ages 12+)
Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates acrobatic movements, dance, and kicks, with traditional Capoeira music. Through Capoeira, students will build strength and flexibility as well as rhythm and coordination. For all levels!


MUSICAL THEATER PROGRAM


JAZZ 1&2

(Ages 11+)

The Musical Theatre Intensive is for tweens and on up who want to get better in Musical Theatre. We will focus on singing and acting, if you want to tackle the dancing part of being a triple threat, take Tom Masters’ Jazz 1 and 2 class 9:-10:45 which happens right before the Musical Theatre intensive. Students will have private voice lessons and coaching on individual songs as well as learn one group number. And in acting students will work on a monologue, learn about staging, text analysis, character development and how to be truthful performers. The last class will be an open class so friends and family can watch.

BROADWAY JAZZ 3

(Ages 12+)

Using classical and jazz dance technique as a foundation, this class will focus on performance, musicality, and bringing individual expression into artistic practice. Choreography taught will familiarize students with diverse styles of Broadway jazz (Fosse, Cole, DeMille, Robbins), and will promote self-discipline, confidence, and the development of performance skills. Pieces are chosen from a variety of musicals, and often incorporate blocking, partnering, scene, song, and dance. Participation in level 2 or 3 Ballet with Berkshire Pulse is required for students enrolled in this class.

TAP 1 BEGINNER/ADVANCED BEGINNER

(Intergenerational, ages 9+)

Tap is all about rhythm, footwork. Use your feet as a percussion “instrument” to create sounds as you dance. Key elements in tap class are timing, rhythm, and musicality. A variety of tap styles including Broadway tap and Rhythm tap will be taught. This class is for all levels of tap dancers, so shuffle on in and makes a joyful noise!

TAP 2/3 ADVANCED BEGINNER+

(Ages 11+)

Dancers will be introduced to a more complex warm-up, center and traveling exercises including turns. Emphasis is on fluidity of movement from one step to another; clean tap sounds, proper arm and head placement, musicality and proper terminology. At least one year of recent tap experience is required and placement is at the discretion of the instructor.

MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

(Ages 12+)

This course is for tweens and teens who want to get better in Musical Theatre. We will focus on what makes a triple threat — dancing, singing and acting. Students will learn two dance numbers, one that covers traditional music theatre dance steps from kick ball change, grape vines and bell kicks to turns of all kinds; the other dance number will focus on singing and dancing at the same time. Musically, students will have private voice lessons and coaching on individual songs as well as a group number. And through scene work and monologues, students will learn about staging, text analysis, character development and how to be truthful performers.