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COMMUNITY (ADULT & ADULT/TEEN)
SUMMER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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CLASSES

CONTEMPORARY
With Isadora Wolfe and Joe Poulson
These classes will focus on exploring and expanding tools of performance and process. Through guided improvisations and technical exercises we will find new ways to push ourselves further into our creative play. We find virtuosity in the large and small, through impact and release, meeting each individual with where they are at in their artistic process.
Wednesday, 6:00-7:30, August 5,12 & 19 at Chesterwood
Makeup classes for weather cancellations will be held in September
3 class series, $45 

BALLET, for adults and youth ages 11+
With Fiona Scruggs
On ZOOM

The ballet classes are open to dancers ages 11+ with varying experience levels. Modifications and progressions are given to accommodate and challenge dancers appropriately. The beginning ballet dancer will learn the core foundations of ballet technique while learning the ballet vocabulary, musicality, and freedom of expression through movement. The intermediate/advanced ballet dancer will maintain stamina, develop speed in learning combinations, and further explore artistry in ballet. All dancers will be challenged to enhance balance, coordination, and flexibility. Small jumps, pirouettes and turns, and traveling movements are adjusted to fit small dancing spaces.
Monday, 6:30-7:45PM, ongoing
Saturday, 10:30-11:45AM, ongoing
Included in 4 Class membership pass, $50

MODERN for adults and teens, ages 14+
With Bettina Montano and guests

These dance classes are based on breath, flow, rhythm and release. Drawing on various expressions and techniques of modern dance, classwork includes opening with structured improvisation into warm-up exercises that expand into joyful, rigorous and dynamic movement phrases with wide use of space.
Intermediate/Advanced at Chesterwood, Monday 6:00-7:30PM, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 with Bettina Montano and guests
Included in 4 Class membership pass, $50

MODERN/JAZZ, for adults and teens, ages 13+
With Bettina Montano
Open level, advanced beginner-intermediate

A chance to refuel, invigorate and release, this class offers students an opportunity to explore the dynamic and sumptuous feeling of movement in a broad range of Modern and Jazz dance styles. After a thorough warm-up in center including basic Jazz technique, isolations, and rhythmic exercises, class will progress with energetic traveling sequences and finish with the study of movement combinations.
Thursday, 6-7:30PM, August 6,13 & 20, at Chesterwood
Included in 4 Class membership pass, $50

TAP, ages 11-adult, Intermediate/Advanced
With Tom Masters

The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun, as we go deeper into the details of foot work and rhythm combinations.
Friday, 5:30-6:30PM, August 7, 14, 21 & 28,
Outside at Berkshire Pulse, plywood provided
Included in 4 Class membership pass, $50

CAPOEIRA, ages 11-adult
With Tarcisio Ramos dos Santos

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates acrobatic movements, dance, and kicks, with a traditional Capoeira music. Through capoeira, you will build strength and flexibility as well as rhythm and coordination.
Tuesday, 6:00-7:15PM, August 4, 11, 18 & 25 at Chesterwood
4 class series, $60

ZUMBA
On ZOOM AND OUTDOORS
With Lindsey Berkowitz

This balanced cardio and toning workout is disguised as a party! With a fusion of vibrant Latin rhythms and buildable choreography, Zumba at Pulse is suitable for anyone who loves to move. Join Lindsey for this interval training-based dance class and explore salsa, bollywood, reggaeton, cumbia, and other international dance styles.
Saturday, 11:00AM-12:00PM, ongoing ON ZOOM – Cost for the class is by donation
Wednesday, 6:00-7:00PM, August 5,19 & 26 at Chesterwood – Cost for the class is by donation
NO CLASS AUGUST 12

 

YOGA
with Lisa Darling
–VINYASA FLOW YOGA on ZOOM
This class begins with a warm-up to prepare the body for a moderate Vinyasa flow, and move through postures using Sun Salutations. Coordinating breath with movement as the flow builds, is essential for students to receive the most benefits while taking a yoga class. This class strengthens the body. Students are invited to focus on the breathing while flowing through the postures. This allows focus through meditation and breathing exercises.
Vinyasa Flow, Wednesday 9:00-10:00AM, ongoing
Included in 4 Class membership pass, $50

–RESTORATIVE/GENTLE YOGA at Chesterwood and on ZOOM
This class begins slowly with a warm-up to move the body in restorative and gentle postures. Coordinating breath with movement and holding postures, is essential for students to receive the most benefits while taking a yoga class. This class restores the body. Students are invited to focus on the breathing while relaxing into the postures. This allows focus through meditation and breathing exercises.
Friday 10:00-11:00 AM, ongoing at Chesterwood and on ZOOM
Included in 4 Class membership pass, $50

YOGA OUTDOORS
with Erin Naylor

All Levels welcome!
Whether this is your first or 200th class, you’ll feel right at home here! With an emphasis on basic alignment and foundations, asana (postures), pranayama (breath exercises) and meditation are broken down for greater understanding and exploration of the body. Questions and requests are encouraged. Detailed instruction is provided, and all are welcome. Bring a mat, blocks, strap and anything else you like to use when taking a yoga class.
Saturday, 9:00-10:00AM August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 , at Chesterwood
Included in 4 Class membership pass, $50

TAI CHI
Berkshire Tai Chi
On ZOOM

Manage stress and enhance your health, focus, balance and vitality with the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi. A unique form of “moving meditation,” tai chi calms the mind, relaxes the body and strengthens the spirit. Much of tai chi is practiced slowly and gently, ideal for people of all ages and health conditions. Classes will include qi gong (energy cultivation), along with stretching and conditioning exercises. Sifu Kathy Crowe and Sifu David Crowe are certified teachers of authentic Ch’ang style tai chi.

Berkshire Tai Chi classes now include instruction in Dragon and Tiger Qigong, a simple yet very powerful set of movements designed to cultivate and move chi through the body. It is a 1,500-year-old self-healing movement system, based on the principles of acupuncture. Qigong, or energy work, helps develop good structure, vitality, balance and coordination, while gently increasing flexibility and stretching soft tissues of the body. Tai chi is a qigong form.

Sifu David Crowe’s study of Dragon and Tiger Qigong includes intensive training sessions with Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis, who brought this practice to the west after years of training in China.

Monday 6:30-8pm Friday 9:30-11am
Contact greatchi@berkshiretaichi.com for information and registration. 


 

WORKSHOPS

MAKING DANCES IN OUTSIDE PLACES
A workshop series that honors historic places and spaces by inspiring ways of interacting with natural landscapes and architecture through movement creation.
For adults and teens, ages 14+

STRUCTURE INSPIRES MOVEMENT
At THE MOUNT, 4 CLASS SESSION, WEDNESDAY JULY 15-AUGUST 5, 5:30-7pm, $80
With TOM TRUSS

When creating and performing work outside it is crucial to take into account one’s surroundings – from architecture, history and purpose to nature, weather and audience perspective – in this workshop we will explore all those elements while incorporating our own inner impulses and ideas as we create a work to share in this socially distant world.
This program culminates with a presentation (in person or on film)

TAKE SPACE
At CHESTERWOOD, MONDAY AUGUST 10, 1-4PM, $30

With BODY SONNET Company members/choreographers MOSCELYNE PARKHARRISON AND SEAN LAMMER
Engage with the unconventional, reframe your space. A master class based on interpreting and embodying spaces. Sean and Moscelyne will lead participants through a technique warm up, instant composition based on principles of creating site specific work, and interactive lecture on adapting movement for any location.