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Community Classes for ADULTS & TEENS

 COMMUNITY CLASSES

SUMMER 2019 SCHEDULE ~ Download

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 MODERN & CONTEMPORARY • BALLET • OTHER DANCE FORMS
FITNESS
CLASSES NOT CURRENTLY IN SESSION


MODERN & CONTEMPORARY


ContemporaryModern•  Move Your Story• 


DANCER WITHIN (MODERN)

Bettina Montano
Beginners+
date TBD

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.

 

MODERN

Bettina Montano (June)
Sayer Mansfield (July)
Experienced Beginners +, Open Level, Ages 16-Adult
For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

This class draws on various expressions and techniques of modern dance. Classwork will include opening with structured improvisation into a thorough floor-work “warm up” designed to strengthen the core and release the dancer in preparation for lively and joyful exercises and phrases that travel.

 


BALLET


Beginners Experienced Beginners/IntermediateOpen Level

BALLET

Lindsey Jacquier
Beginners+
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.

 

EVERYDAY BALLET

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.)

 

BALLET

Micheline Weiler (Sat)
Sayer Mansfield (Monday)
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.


OTHER DANCE FORMS


JazzFlamencoAfro-Caribbean • Hip Hop CapoeiraScottish Country Dance


JAZZ

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!

 

JAZZ

Nicholas Miscusi
Open level,  Teens and adults, Ages 14+

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

This class will evolve to the level of those who participate.  We will have a set warm up in the Luigi style, to be followed by a fundamental study of steps, which will then be incorporated into a choreographed routine. Be prepared to stretch, turn, jump, kick, flick, clap, swivel, step, laugh, have fun, and sweat.  Jazz shoes highly recommended

 

FLAMENCO 2

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.

 

AFRO-CARIBBEAN

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!

 

HIP-HOP

Marissa Finkelstein
Ages 10-12 with prior experience, Ages 13-18
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.

INTRO TO CAPOEIRO

Tarcisio Ramos Dos Santos
10 or 20 class pass. Drop in payment only for trying first class
For days and times, see the schedule linked at the top of the page.

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!.

 

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE

*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
Ongoing

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”.


FITNESS


  Tai ChiZumbini • ZumbaJessica’s Awesome Zumba with PJ Yoga


BERKSHIRE TAI CHI 

*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
Ongoing
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.

 

ZUMBINI 

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.

 

 ZUMBA

*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Lindsey Berkowitz
Ongoing
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.

 

JESSICA’S AWESOME ZUMBA WITH PJ

*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
Ongoing
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.

 

 YOGA – OPEN LEVEL

*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Erin Naylor
Ongoing
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.

 

YOGA – ALL LEVELS 

*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Erin Naylor
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.


CLASSES NOT CURRENTLY IN SESSION


  Contact Improv Jam • The Acting BodyTapOpen Level Modern • Move Your Story (Out of the Way) • Pilates

MONTHLY CONTACT IMPROV JAM

Tom Truss
Ages 13+
Dates 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.

The Acting Body

Tom Truss
A class for actors and dancers, Ages 18+

Date TBD

Doing is one of the best ways to get better!  If you want to improve your acting chops; practice scene work auditioning and monologues, or develop your public speaking skills and voice then take a semester of the ACTING BODY.   This class is open to all levels of performers and would be performers age 18 and up.   These 90 minutes classes will start off with vocal and physical exercises and improvisational games that will increase range, listening abilities and impulse following.  From there we will investigate text, partnered scene work, staging, and character development.   The semester will end with a showing of scenes, monologues, and improvs.

OPEN LEVEL MODERN

Tom Truss
Open level, ages 13+
date TBD

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.

TAP

Tom Truss
Open level, ages 13+
Date TBD

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!

MOVE YOUR STORY (OUT OF THE WAY)
Workshop, series 1

Kristine Waterman
For non-dancers and beginners Ages 18+
date TBD

Move your story is an opportunity to use movement as a vehicle for change. It is a unique class that is individually designed for each group. Using a variety of dance genres that allow participants to create original movement and choreography. Infused with strength training and stretching, stamina building and dance techniques, this class will heighten your understanding of ‘inner potential’.  Join us as we embark on the creative process and learn how to navigate through challenges, roadblocks and old stories (while having a whole lotta fun!)  It’s “a game changer!”

PILATES 

*Included in the 10-Class Fitness Pass!

Ryoko Kudo
date TBD

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.

http://www.ryokokudo.com/testimonials.html


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)

Community Participant Registration Form A

Community Class Policies

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