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COMMUNITY CLASSES for ADULTS & TEENS

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We are back with in-studio classes! Please note that class size is limited in order to maintain social distancing while dancing. 

If you already have a class pass, you can use it to pay for Community Classes, but we ask you to commit for the whole session (7 classes) unless otherwise listed.

BALLET 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
Saturday 10:30AM-12PM
In studio* and on Zoom
Ongoing
Included in $50 4-class pass

MODERN for ages 14-adult
with Bettina Montano
Open level, Beginner +
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 AM, Oct.6-Nov.17 – $88 for the session
Friday 6-7 PM, Oct.23-Nov.20, Dec.4 and 11- $88 for the session

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, 6-7:30 PM 
Oct.12-Nov.23
$88 for the session

MODERN/JAZZ for adults and teens, ages 13+
with Bettina Montano
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate level
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 
Oct.22-Dec.12
$88 for the session

MODERN ages 13+
with Laura Coe
Open level
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
October 14-Nov 18
$75 for the session
CONTEMPORARY ages 18+ 
with Isadora Wolfe and Joe Poulson
Intermediate/Advanced
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.
Wednesday 6-7:30 PM 
Oct.7-Nov.18 
$112 for the session

TAP INTERMEDIATE ages 11-adult
with Tom Masters
This class will be focusing on clean technique and developing a wider vocabulary of steps.
Friday 5:30-6:30PM
Oct.9-Nov.20 
$112 for the session

TAP INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ages 12-adults 
with Tom Masters
This class will be focusing on clean technique, speed of sound and more complex combinations of steps.
Saturday, 4:30-5:30 PM
Oct.10-Nov.21 
$112 for the session

YOGA*
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.
Wednesday, 6-7 PM, Oct.7-Nov.19
Saturday 9-10 AM, Oct.10-Nov.21
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. 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
at Pulse and on Zoom
Ongoing
Contact greatchi@berkshiretaichi.com for information and registration.

Modern for ages 13+, open level
with Laura Coe

A dance class for students who are interested in exploring modern dance techniques and further developing their range of movement vocabulary.
Wednesday 4:15-5:30PM October 14-Nov 18

*Limited spots:please email/call to reserve your spot.