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WINTER SESSION COMMUNITY CLASSES
For Adults & Teens

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In-studio classes for the winter session run Dec. 1 to Jan 23. Class size is limited in order to maintain social distancing while dancing. See the registration page for information on how we will address classes should our area enter another Covid quarantine period.

BALLET ON ZOOM for adults and youth ages 11+
with Fiona Scruggs

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, Included in $50 4-class pass

BALLET, ADVANCED BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE in-studio for adults and youth ages 12+
with Micheline Weiler

Dancers will be challenged to enhance balance, coordination, flexibility, and footwork. Barre work will include exercises to both improve speed and accuracy of movement, as well as those to build strength and control in adage. Center work will build upon the dancers’ proficiency, as well as develop artistry through the movements – port de bras, adagio, small jumps, pirouettes and turns and traveling movements. Modifications and progressions will be made to accommodate each dancer’s ability level.
Saturday 10:30AM-12PM
Ongoing, Included in $50 4-class pass

MODERN, BEGINNER+ for ages 14-adult
with Bettina Montano

This gentle dance class for adults and teens is 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 in center which move into more generous use of space with joyful and dynamic phrases.
Tuesday 9-10:15 AM
Ongoing, Included in $50 4-class pass

MODERN, INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED for ages 16-adult
with Bettina Montano

Drawing from a variety of modern dance traditions and techniques, this class emphasizes technical and artistic classwork which develops strength, flexibility, alignment, musicality and versatility of expression. Classes begin with structured improvisation and extensive floor-work, progressing to dynamic phrases in center, at the barre and traveling across the floor.
Monday, 6-7:45 PM
Dec. 7-Jan. 18
$63 for the session

MODERN/JAZZ, ADVANCED BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE for adults and teens, ages 13+
with Bettina Montano

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 6-7:15 PM
Ongoing, Included in $50 4-class pass

MODERN, OPEN LEVEL ages 13+
with Laura Coe

A class designed to introduce a variety of modern and contemporary technique which students in YCW can draw from when creating their own choreography, with an emphasis on connecting to center and using release work to transition smoothly in and out of the floor.
Wednesday 4:15-5:30PM
Dec. 2-Jan. 20
$75 for the session

CONTEMPORARY, INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ages 18+
with Isadora Wolfe and Joe Poulson

Drawing upon the platform of our work with a range of contemporary companies, as well as our training in different modalities and forms of dance, the first half of this seven-week series will focus on contemporary technique and alignment. Exploring the ends of our potential through both release and activation, momentum and kinetic force, we will practice using detail, dynamics and wide ranges of movement and use of space. With exercises rooted in floorwork as well as modern technique, we will find our dancing selves through discipline and joy. The second half of the series will expand upon these principles and begin to explore our improvisatory and creative impulses, honing our practice as artists in process and using our bodies to the utmost.
Cancelled for Winter Session
Will return in the spring.

TAP, INTERMEDIATE ages 11-adult
with Tom Masters

This class will focus on clean technique and developing a wider vocabulary of steps.
Friday 4:30-5:30PM
Dec. 4-Jan. 22
$96 for the session

TAP, INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ages 12-adults
with Tom Masters

This class will focus on clean technique, speed of sound and more complex combinations of steps.
Saturday, 4:30-5:30 PM
Dec. 5-Jan. 23
$96 for the session

YOGA, ALL LEVELS
with Erin Naylor

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.
Wednesday, 6-7 PM
Saturday 9-10 AM
Ongoing, Included in $50 4-class pass

TAI CHI
with Berkshire Tai Chi

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.
Monday 6:30-8PM
Friday 9:30-11AM
at Pulse and on Zoom
Ongoing

Contact greatchi@berkshiretaichi.com for information and registration.