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SEPTEMBER CONTEMPORARY SERIES at CHESTERWOOD
for ages 14-adult

BODYSONNET Sept 3 – Thursday 6-7:30PM
FERN KATZ Sept 9 – Wednesday 5:30-7:00PM
ISADORA WOLFE and JOE POULSON Sept 16 – Wednesday 5:30-7PM
Weather-related cancellations will be rescheduled for Sept 23 and 30
$20/class or $45 for the series

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
at Pulse and on Zoom
Ongoing
Included in $50 4-class pass

INTERMEDIATE MODERN for ages 14-adult
with Bettina Montano and guests

Be prepared to MOVE! These dance classes are based on breath, flow, rhythm and release. Drawing on various expressions and techniques of modern dance, classwork includes opening with improvisation into structured warm-up and strengthening exercises that expand into joyful, rigorous and dynamic movement phrases with wide use of space.
Monday 5:30-7PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 14, 21, 28
Included in $50 4-class pass

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 5:30-7PM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 10, 17, 24
Included in $50 4-class pass

TAP, ages 12-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
at Pulse
Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2
$60 for the series

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 9-10AM
at Chesterwood
Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
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.

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.
Wednesday 5:45-7PM
at Chesterwood
Sept 9, 16, 23, 30
$60 for the series or use your class pass

INTRO TO FLAMENCO for ages 12-adult, Beginners+
with Joanne Bockemuehl-Jackson

This class will focus on exercises for basic Flamenco footwork, turns, body posture, movement and coordination. Exercises will then be incorporated into short segments of choreography, taking the student beyond the steps and into the experience of individual style and expression. Joanne’s classes increase self-confidence and emphasize individuality, supporting the student in expression of personal character and emotion. Class is limited to 8 participants.
Tuesday 6-7PM
Outside at Pulse
Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29
$60 for the series or use your class pass

DRUMMING CIRCLE for ages 12-adult (Younger drummers with previous experience are welcome!)
with Rick Schrum

Bring your own drum or bucket and join a (safely distanced) and inspiring circle of rhythm.
Saturday 10:15-11AM
at Chesterwood
Sept 12, 19, 26
$45 for the series or use your class pass

RHYTHM DANCE FUSION for ages 12-adult
with Kim Waterman and guests

In this high energy class, students move through a warm-up filled with yoga, isolations and rhythmic movement into dance combinations that travel. Classwork is inspired by traditional dances of Africa and the Caribbean. No prior experience is required for participation in this class. WITH LIVE DRUMMING AND SONG!
Saturday 11:15AM-12:15PM
at Chesterwood
Sept 12, 19, 26
$45 for the series or use your class pass