Summer 2021 Weekly Community Classes for Adults and Teens

Summer 2021 Weekly Community Classes for Adults and Teens PDF

Weekly Community Classes

Weekly Community classes are running from July 5- August 21, unless otherwise noted. Classes will take place at either Berkshire Pulse or Chesterwood.


Community class rates for the Summer Session:

4 for $60 Class Pass
10 for $150 Class Pass
20 for $240 Class Pass
10 for $100 Fitness Pass


BALLET Beginners for adults and youth ages 11+
with Micheline Weiler

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
Pulse studios and on Zoom


BALLET 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.
Pulse Studios
Tuesday, 6-7:30pm
Saturday, 10:30AM-12PM


MODERN Open level for ages 14 – adult
With Jordyn Cormier

Let’s move and feel good! This open level class is simply about indulging in the joy of movement. We’ll explore some structured improvisation as well as basic contemporary techniques and gentle phrasework.
Wednesday 6-7:30PM


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.
July 5 – August 16
Monday, 6-7:45 PM


MODERN Beginners+ 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


INTRO TO DRUMMING for ages 11+
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.
Monday, 4:30-5:30pm

CAPOEIRA, for ages 14+
with Tarcisio Ramos Dos Santos
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!
at Chesterwood
Saturday, 10-11:30am


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, 6-7 PM
Saturday 9-10 AM

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

Contact greatchi@berkshiretaichi.com for information and registration.


Summer 2021 classes for teens and adults (NOTE: commitment to the full session is required for these classes and class passes are not applicable)

BROADWAY Intermediate/Advanced for ages 13+
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.
Pulse Studios
Thursday 4-5:30pm
$64 for the session
July 5 – July 31

with Tom Masters

This class will be focusing on clean technique, speed of sound and more complex combinations of steps.
Pulse Studios
Thursday 5:45-6:45pm
$64 for the session
July 5 – July 31


Summer 2021 Weekly Community Classes for Adults and Teens PDF