Community Classes for ADULTS & TEENS


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Contemporary • Modern


Bettina Montano
For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

This gentle dance class for adults is based on breath and flow. Find the joy of movement through simple phrases, kindness to the body, and a re-awakening of the dancer within. Classes will include floor work, dynamic exercises in center and across the floor.


Tom Truss
Open level, ages 13+
Will return January 2019.

This modern class can be tailored to work for all levels.  We will find the joy of movement through awareness, kindness to the body and re-awakening the dancer within.  Each class will have a different focus such as alignment, connecting the arms to the back, awareness of tension, shape vs moving through space, ease of locomotion, etc.  Classes will begin with investigating the theme of the day through improvisation that will lead to going across the floor, exercises in the center and a final combination.


Bettina Montano
Intergenerational, Age 14-Adult
For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

This Modern class emphasizes technical and artistic work which encourages students to challenge themselves as artists, athletes, and individuals fully committed to the process of creative and technical growth. Classes include extensive floor work, center, barre and across the floor practice in exercises and phrase work that further develops artistic nuance, rhythmic agility, and speed. Adults participating in this class are dancing more often than one class per week. For ease of progress and injury prevention, this class requires consistent attendance.


Beginners Experienced Beginners/IntermediateOpen Level



Lindsey Jacquier
For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

An open-level class for students trying ballet for the first time, coming back to ballet, or wanting to continue their existing beginning-intermediate ballet practice. Discover the joy of dancing, improve posture and flexibility while embodying grace and a sense of well-being. Ballet provides related benefits found in Yoga and Pilates, holding positions to strengthen muscles, especially core, and never using more than the body’s natural weight for resistance. Most importantly, ballet provides the pleasure of connecting movement with music and the feelings of breath, grace and delight that are experienced in the spirit of dance.



Nicholas Miscusi
Open Level

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

An intergenerational ballet class for people interested in utilizing the ballet form to improve posture, flexibility, and core strength while embodying grace and a sense of well-being. (Note: Most bodily stress in ballet comes from the focus on “turn out”. A forced turn out is not constructive to the goals of the class.  Students will learn to work within the boundaries of their natural turn out.)



Micheline Weiler
Experienced Beginner+

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

This mixed-level class offers students with basic experience the opportunity to revisit, expand, and develop their movement experience of Classical Ballet.  Class begins with slow thorough barre work, followed by spacious movement exercises in center and traveling combinations across the floor. Emphasis is on body alignment, movement efficiency, and developing a safe practice that increases strength, ease and precision, as well as facilitating the development of whole-body movement and musicality.



 • Hip HopTapJazzFlamencoAfro-CaribbeanScottish Country Dance • Berkshire Boxing • Journey DanceContact Improve


Marissa Finklestein
Open level, ages 13+
For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

In this open level Hip Hop class, the genre’s multiple facets are explored. We explore the different styles that make up the term “Hip Hop” and look at how dance trends today can be traced through these styles. The fundamentals of Hip Hop are explored through vocabulary, warm-up and traveling and center sequences. Students develop an approach to musicality and rhythm and discover how they can utilize these tools to approach movement with artistic freedom.



Tom Truss
Open level, ages 13+
Will return January 2019.

This class will focus mainly on rhythm tap.  Students will learn a variety of standard steps to be put together into a combination that we will work on for 4 to 5 weeks.  Each week we will add on to the previous phrase so that we will have a sizable combination to dance. Class will consist of warm-ups, going across the floor, exploring a few hard tricks, working on the final combination and ending with improvising. The music ranges between jazz, ragtime, and blues to current pop and no music at all. All tappers are welcome!



Nicholas Miscusi
Open level, Beginners+

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

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 Jazz dance styles. After a thorough warm-up, the class will include practice of basic Jazz technique, isolations, and rhythmic phrase work, in center practice, exercises across the floor and the study of movement combinations. This class is for anyone who wants to start the day moving, smiling and feeling good!



Joanne Bockemuehl-Jackson
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

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.


Kim Waterman
Open level, Intergenerational

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

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!



*This class is not included in the Berkshire Pulse Community Class Program. A $7 per class fee goes directly to the instructor.

Susan Eisley & Others

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

Scottish Country Dancing is an ancestor of American contra dancing and a cousin to English country dancing. It is “set” dancing in that the dances are done in groups of dancers who interact with each other as they perform figures similar to those found in contra dancing and square dancing. Dances are done to jigs, reels, and a slower tempo called “strathspey”.


Lindsey Belcher
Returns January 2019

JourneyDance™ is guided transformational movement created by Toni Bergins. It is about self-exploration and is a great workout for the dancer and non-dancer alike. Aspects of both shamanism and chakra healing lend to the enrichment of the class. Join to express yourself through dance and, maybe, find something unexpected.  For more info on Journey Dance please see JourneyDance.org.



 Tom Truss
Ages 13+
Meets every 4th Sunday of the month from 1-4 PM, start date TBD
A dedicated time and space where people can gather to explore Contact Improvisation at their own pace.  Each jam will begin with 45 minutes of guided investigation.  These investigations will range between solo explorations on the core principle of Contact to specific exercises that address weight sharing and lifts.  This guided portion will lay the foundation for the Jam and will open up to further investigating CI.  A Contact Jam can look and feel like a variety of things from a free-flowing playground at recess or a mosh pit to slow-motion disco or puppies rolling about; it all depends on the mood of the movers assembled.  At a Jam you can dance the whole time or just for a brief moment, you are in charge.


  • Tai ChiZumbini • ZumbaJessica’s Awesome Zumba with PJ • Pilates • Berkshire BoxingYoga


*This class is not included in the Berkshire Pulse Community Class Program. A per class fee is directly due to the instructor.

Sifu Kathy Crowe and Sifu David Crowe

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

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.



Lindsey Berkowtiz
Ages 0-5 with caregiver(s)

$125 for a package of 6 classes, take-home materials included!

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

Pulse is happy to offer Zumbini, a delightful class series in which the science of child development meets the magic of movement. Designed for children 1 to 5 years old and their caregivers, Zumbini combines music, dance and educational tools for 45-minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding and fun. With certified Zumba and Zumbini instructor Lindsey Berkowitz.

RSVP appreciated but not required: berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or 413-274-6624.
Register by phone 413-274-6624 or in-person.


*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Lindsey Berkowitz

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

A workout disguised as a party! Follow along for an upbeat and energetic fitness experience. Absolutely no experience necessary – plenty of fun for all. Awesome, international style rhythms and movements, to learn and enjoy. Have a blast doing something great for your body and your soul.


*This class is not included in the Berkshire Pulse Fitness Class Program. A $5 per class fee is due directly to Jessica.

PJ Birriel, Instructor
Jessica Hampton, Program Facilitator

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

Every class in this program provides the special needs community with physical and mental challenges, as well as socialization opportunities. Having fun through Zumba® based routines enhances health and wellness and acquaints participants with the enjoyment and benefits of regular exercise. This can ensure more successful responses in achieving everyday life-skills goals. Children and young adults with special needs have been disenfranchised in our society. Participation in Zumba®, the international craze that is sweeping the world, helps promotes socialization, integration, quality of life and joy. PJ’s classes are open to the dreamer in everyone. This class is open to EVERYONE! All skill levels welcomed. Leave your inhibitions at the door and let’s have fun!

Jessica’s Awesome Zumba with PJ is sponsored by Jessica Hampton and co-hosted by BRIDGE Women to Women program and Berkshire Pulse.



This class has a manditory intro session in order to enroll. See description below.

Genève Brossard

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

INTRO SESSION- Mandatory half hour session. This one-on-one or semi-private session is required for everyone (even if you’ve boxed before). You will learn the foundations of the sport of boxing-basic punches, footwork, and defense. You will be also be introduced to the Open Class circuits. This session is an orientation opportunity for both the boxer and the trainer. Please contact Geneve Brossard to set up this session at info@berkshireboxing.com or call (413) 591-0204

OPEN BOXING CLASSES- All levels welcome! This boxing class is a fun, fast-moving mix of boxing instruction and diverse conditioning. This is where beginners learn fundamentals and more advanced boxers hone their skills. Classes are equal parts cardio/strength drills and sports-specific conditioning. Partner circuits and punch combinations are the focus. Everyone gets a non-stop plyometric workout in this dynamic class!

PRIVATE and SEMI-PRIVATE SESSIONS- Perfect for beginners trying to master the basics, more experienced boxers fine-tuning their skills, or anyone looking for customized sports and fitness training. These hour-long sessions with Genève Brossard will elevate your game, whether you are training to compete or want to get in shape and stay there with boxing-focused personal training. Sessions include mitt work, agility and balance training, bag work, individualized technique instruction, intense conditioning, and even sparring.


*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Ryoko Kudo, Monday & Wednesday evenings
Class is re-starting Spring 2019

This is not your typical Pilates mat class. With an emphasis on breathing and sensory awareness, this class is designed to restore, reintegrate, fine-tune your body and de-stress the mind. You will not be pumping the hundreds and straining your neck.
This class will improve your posture, cultivate kinesthetic awareness, and make your body feel yummy good!

Pilates is designed to strengthen the body’s core by developing pelvic stability, abdominal control, builds coordination, improves flexibility and joint mobility through slow, controlled movements and proper breathing. The body will redevelop its natural foundation, which is often hindered by poor posture and motor control issues resulting from modern day living, injury, illness or heredity. This concentration of work, connecting the mind-body through breath and awareness results in more fluid, efficient movements. By combining elements of yoga, breath work, weight training and gymnastics, Pilates is a truly holistic form of exercise. READ MORE

Students should wear comfortable stretchy clothing. Yoga mats will be provided for those who do not have their own.



*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Erin Naylor

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

This alignment-based yoga is a wonderful way to build balance, flexibility and strength while encouraging self-care and relying on breath. This class can be for everyone whether you are a beginner student, new to practicing yoga or someone looking to deepen their own personal practice. Yoga is a wonderful way to wake up the mind as well as the body.


*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Sunie Gorey
All levels welcome!

For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

Whether this is your first or two hundredth 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.


Four Saturdays, next session dates TBD, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Spots are limited, pre-registration required.

$80 for 4 weeks (1.5 hours each meeting)

** Be notified when the next workshop is happening! Email us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com **

Have you been wanting to try yoga, but aren’t ready to jump into a regular class?  Join Sunie for the basics. Learn the fundamentals of yoga: A history and philosophy, Foundational postures (asana) and Breath exercises (pranayama). Exploring the body and breath will allow you to begin to experience the full meaning of yoga, the union of mind, body and soul. Each session will build upon the next. Sunie will provide you with a home practice that you will feel safe working through on your own. You will learn how to modify postures to suit your body’s needs.  You will learn to slow your mind down and discover the depth of breath. This workshop will prepare you for our Gentle and Advanced Beginners Yoga classes at Pulse.



Community Classes

Community classes: Age 13+ unless otherwise noted

$17 Drop-in class fee

$150 for 10-Class Community Pass (applies to Community and Fitness classes)

$240 for 20-Class Community Pass (applies to Community and Fitness classes)

$100 for 10-Class Fitness Pass (applies to Fitness classes only: Pilates, Zumba, Yoga)

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Community Class Policies

For questions and further information please contact us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or 413.274.6624.