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FALL SESSION COMMUNITY CLASSES
For Adults & Teens

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Community classes for the fall session run September 13 – January 15, unless otherwise noted.

Community class rates for the Spring Session:
10 for $150 Class Pass
20 for $240 Class Pass

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.
Wednesday 6:30-7:45PM
In studio and on Zoom

BALLET, ADVANCED BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE for 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.
Tuesday 6:30 – 8 PM
Saturday 9:30-11 AM

BALLET ZEN CLASS – Adult Ballet, Core Strengthening, & Relaxation Exercises for ages 21+
With Melissa Elstein
Taught by Melissa Elstein, this fusion class is open to adults 21 and over. All ages will benefit, including seniors, from learning gentle core strengthening exercises at the beginning of class, followed by ballet barre and basic center work, and a guided deep relaxation and short meditation to close. There will be an emphasis on leg and core strengthening, weight shifting, and balance work while learning adult ballet technique. These skills are useful for fall prevention – so important as we age – and combined here with beautiful music, the gracefulness of ballet movement, mental focus and relaxation, students will have a holistic movement class experience.
Canvas ballet slippers, jazz shoes, or socks with traction required.
Must bring your own yoga mat.
Thursday, 2-3:15 PM

CONTEMPORARY for movers of all levels, ages 14-adult
With Fern Katz
In this class, we will explore the building blocks of floorwork technique. This includes spiraling in and out of the floor, basic acrobatics commonly found in contemporary dance, working with the floor as a dance partner, shifting weight, axis, and center of gravity. Class will typically start with a vigorous warmup, move to the center for a floorwork phrase, and end with a big, juicy contemporary phrase. In addition to contemporary floorwork technique, you can also expect to play with stage presence, performance quality, dance making, and improvisation. This class is appropriate for those with a strong background in movement who are looking to build floorwork technique from the ground up. Most importantly, in this class we will co-create an environment that encourages each individual to build productive mental tools that will efficiently strengthen performative skills.
Thursday 6-7:30PM

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 9-10:15AM

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 floor-work, progressing to dynamic phrases in center, at the barre and traveling across the floor. Participants are encouraged to attend as regularly as possible.
Monday, 6:15-8 PM

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, 6:15 – 7:15 PM

FLAMENCO open level for ages 18+
With Joanne B. Jackson
This class will focus on exercises for Flamenco footwork, 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. This class is best suited for students with basic knowledge of flamenco.
Tuesday 6:15 – 7:30PM

CAPOEIRA for ages 12+
With Tarsício Ramos Dos Santos
Capoeira is a Brazilian dance/martial art that combines music, rhythm, and movement, creating a unique dance form steeped in Afro-Brazilian culture. Playing capoeira is both a game and a method of practicing the application of capoeira movements in simulated combat. In this class we will learn to dance, to “fight”, to create rhythms, and to express yourself. Capoeira is a systematic yet organic art form where we teach our body to talk, listen, and most important, to dialogue.
Saturday, 12:30-1:45 PM

INTRODUCTION TO BURLESQUE EXPRESSION for ages 18+
With Joy Ruben
This funky class focuses on creative expression, sensuality, playfulness, and embodied self-esteem.  Class begins with a brief beginner level ballet warm up at the barre then continues with a shift into Burlesque across the floor and center stage.  All levels are welcome!
Begins October 6
Wednesday 7:15 PM-8:30 PM

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.

 

The following classes are a part of our Youth Performing Arts Program. They are open to teen and adult students, and they require full session participation.

BALLET 3-4 VARIATIONS/ REPERTORY for ages 14-adult
Berkshire Pulse Ballet Teaching Artists and Guests
This class will offer the opportunity for students at level 3 and 4 to apply their ballet technique to classic and contemporary works from the ballet canon. This experience will provide dancers with the ability to learn the history (herstory!) of ballet through works that signify its technical and artistic evolution. The class will be team taught by the Pulse Ballet faculty. Participants are required to attend the Intermediate Community Ballet class prior to this class on Saturdays.
Saturday 11:30 AM-12:45 PM
November 6 – December 11
$80 for the session

MODERN 4 / Fall 2021 HUMPHREY-WEIDMAN REPERTORY WORKSHOP
With Guest Teachers (Fall 2021: Tom Masters)
The Modern 4 class is an exploration between history, freedom, and structure within modern dance movements and practices.  Modern dance training at this level emphasizes technical and artistic work which encourages students to challenge themselves as emerging artists, self-assured athletes and individuals fully committed to creative process and technical growth. Fall 2021 session will focus on Humphrey Weidman technique and repertory. For level 4 teen participants, a minimum of five weekly technique classes are required for participation in this class.

Humphrey-Weidman is a classical modern dance technique based on Doris Humphrey’s and Charles Weidman’s exploration of fall and recovery.  In this workshop, through movement phrases and repertory from the Humphrey-Weidman Repertoire, students will explore the principles of how the body responds to gravity, as well as the moments before and after the fall (suspension and rebound).  We will also explore artistic expression in dance through various repertory pieces, and discover what personal elements dancers bring to a piece of movement.
Thursday 5:45-7:15 PM
September 13 – December 19
$176 for the session

BALLET 4 for ages 14 -adult
With Isadora Wolfe
Building on the foundations of technique developed in Levels 1 -3, these classes introduce more advanced ballet vocabulary, develop artistic and musical phrasing, and hone the functional alignment principles necessary for a healthy and full movement experience. Classes build stamina and endurance, deepen each dancer’s knowledge of their individual habits and strengths, and further refine qualitative expression, to give the dancer more options within their body and challenge them towards growth. Three upper level Ballet classes per week plus a choice of one modern, jazz, choreography, contemporary or Flamenco class are required for participation in ballet 4. Pointe work is a traditional extension of ballet technique, but not a requirement of the advanced level ballet student.
Tuesday 5:45-7:30 PM and Friday 4-5:30 PM
$480 for the session

BROADWAY JAZZ 3-4 for ages 14-adult
With Tom Masters
This high-energy class will prepare any dancer for the bright lights of Broadway! Relying heavily on a knowledge of ballet and jazz, this class will place a high focus on musical interpretation as you learn actual Broadway choreography. Participation in an additional ballet and/or modern technique class is required for students in this class.
Friday 5:30-7 PM
$240 for the session

TAP -INTERMEDIATE for ages 11+
With Tom Masters
This class will be focusing on clean technique and developing a wider vocabulary of steps.
Tuesday 5-6 PM
$240 for the session

TAP -ADVANCED for ages 13+
With Ilana Ransom Toeplitz
Get out your tap shoes, Francis! This class will focus on clean technique, rhythm, precision and performance. With a Broadway lens, our repertoire this session will focus on Susan Stroman, Casey Nicholaw, Gower Champion, and Kathleen Marshall. In addition to the precise execution of steps, we will focus on performance and execution.
Monday 5:15-6:15 PM
$224 for the session

WORLD MUSIC DRUMMING for ages 8-adult
With Rick Shrum
This rhythm and world music introductory class offers students a chance to feel and play with the rhythms of their own lives and of the world. Drummers will listen and learn the pulse and patterns of rhythms to repeat and master, the “call and response” of songs and to hear and respond to “the break” (to start, change, and stop movement and playing.) As the class progresses the group will learn to play different parts against and with one another creating an ensemble of inspirational rhythm and music. Instruments provided.
Tuesday 3:45-4:30 PM
$240 for the session

MOVEMENT: THE LANGUAGE OF TRANSFORMATION  for ages 16-adult
With Susan Quinn, Joe Poulson, and Ian Spencer Bell
A creative process/performance workshop series with Susan Quinn, Joe Poulson and Ian Spencer Bell for teens and young adults who want to transform themselves and their world through the craft of dance-making while also enriching their movement vocabulary in a safe, non-judgmental environment.  No previous choreographic experience is required. Those who have had more experience with choreography will deepen their relationship to the art form and themselves by connecting their humanity and what matters to them to their creative process and performance. Workshop topics include Choreo Bootcamp: The Tools for Change and Relating Text and Movement. Get ready to laugh, have fun, move fully and create a dance the world has never seen before!

Senior Young Choreographers Initiative artists are required to take classes from November 6-December 18th. Other students can opt to take one, two, or all three of these mini-workshops. Possible culminating works in progress showing/sharing/party at the discretion of the teacher and participating artists on December 18.
$40 for Sept 18 and 25: Choreo Bootcamp: Tools for Change with Susan Quinn
$100 for October 2,9,16,23,30: NEW/FORM with Joe Poulson
$100 for November 6,13,20, Dec 4, 11: Hunch & Shift with Ian Spencer Bell
$220 for full workshop series or as priced by individual workshop
Saturday, 1-2:30 PM