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Summer 2021 Weekly Youth Performing Arts Program

Summer 2021 Weekly Youth Performing Arts Program PDF

Weekly Youth Program Classes

Placing students correctly is a core aspect to the Berkshire Pulse Performing Arts Program curriculum. For placement, we carefully consider a wide variety of factors: physical skill, peer group, emotional maturity, years of previous study and age. Each student is placed where we believe they will have the greatest potential for fulfillment and growth. NEW dance students age 9+ who would like to participate in the Ballet and Modern classes are encouraged to attend one class for placement prior to enrollment. Returning students are not required to take placement classes. Placement classes are offered on September 1 and 2, and you can register here.

Weekly Youth Program classes are running from July 5- July 31, unless otherwise noted. They will take place at either Berkshire Pulse or Chesterwood. 

 

AUGUST JUMP START PROGRAM for ages 10-13
With Mio Ishikawa and Moscelyne ParkeHarrison

This program offers students who are new or returning to Pulse, and those interested in further progression, the opportunity to study ballet and contemporary modern technique in a semi-intensive experience of daily practice. Previous dance experience is required.
Pulse Studios
Monday-Friday, August 16-20, 9:00AM-12:00PM
$175 for the session

CREATIVE DANCE for ages 4-6
With Tom Truss

The joy of movement and imagination are inspired through a playful and guided approach to improvisation, shape, rhythm, balance, flow, and locomotor skills. Lively music, stories, and imagery are key elements of this class. Connections to real-world experiences are made to meet children where they are and build self-esteem in an inclusive group environment. Traditional technique is introduced for continuation in the dance forms of their choice.
Wednesday 3:45-4:45 PM
Chesterwood
$64  for the session

TAP FOR TINIES for ages 4-5
with Kristine Waterman
Jumpin’, jivin’, stompin’, clapping, pitter-pattering. Tap for Tinies offers the young child a creative, nurturing and super fun environment to explore tap dancing.
Monday, 3:45-4:30pm
Chesterwood
$64 for the session

 

BEGINNERS TAP for ages 6-8
with Kristine Waterman
This class is an introduction to the basic tap fundamentals terminology. We will focus on developing coordination, rhythmic skills and proper tap technique. Students will work as a group and have lots of fun creating rhythmic patterns and choreography.
Monday, 4:40 – 5:40pm
Chesterwood
$64 for the session

 

DANCE EXPRESSIONS 1 for ages 5-8
With Kristine Waterman

A playful approach to traditional technique, improvisation, shape and rhythm, music and story, balance and flow, this class is an ideal introduction to dance. Dancing outdoors will be our inspiration allowing the natural beauty of our environment to inspire dance making as we explore a ‘new way’ of being together and connecting.
Wednesday, 3:45-4:30pm
Chesterwood
$64 for the session

DANCE EXPRESSIONS 2 for ages 9-11
The primary goal of this class is to get students excited, motivated, and moving in new ways
that empower, challenge and inspire them to reach their fullest potential. Incorporating a variety
of genres, each class will involve general technique, alignment, and core strength training.
Equal emphasis will be placed on students developing their individual talents while advancing
skills associated with creating and working as a community. Through improvisation and dance
making exercises students will work together to create original movement and choreography
that fully expresses each dancer’s inner voice and identity.
With Kristine Waterman
Wednesday, 4:40-5:40pm
Chesterwood
$64 for the session

DANCE FOR BOYS for ages 11+
with Tom Masters

Here’s a chance to jump, turn and soar! This class introduces boys, and male identifying persons, to the athletic and artistic skills required in dance training. The class includes elementary classical dance technique, improvisation and dance making. Rhythm, movement quality, musicality, and healthy alignment are developed while offering students the opportunity to explore their own strengths and abilities through a diverse dance practice. An inspiring foundation for further study in all dance forms, sports and life!
Monday 4-5:30 PM
Chesterwood
$64 for the session

 

JAZZ 2 open level for ages 11+
with Tom Masters

This class will focus on learning proper dance techniques such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Matt Mattox and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer. We’ll be dancing in the grass, so dancers will need jazz shoes or socks for this class. Requirements: one additional class a week in either modern or ballet, Flamenco or Dances of Africa are all options.
Pulse Studios
Tuesday 4-5:30 PM
$64 for the session

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

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!
Chesterwood
Monday and Wednesday 5-6:15pm
$224 for the session

TAP INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED for ages 12-adult
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

 

Summer 2021 Weekly Youth Performing Arts Program PDF