Summer Youth Programs


Spacious and beautiful state of the art studios
with central air conditioning

Picnic Lunches at Housatonic Park

Inspiring teachers – Supportive staff.

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Ages 8+

June 24-28, 9AM-3PM, Monday-Friday

This program is dedicated to hearing, seeing, feeling, creating and learning rhythms.  On our first day, students will record rhythms found in and around Pulse and choose one to become their signature rhythm.  Then we will make dances, music, and art based off of these signature rhythms.  Courses include Tap (for beginner and more experienced tap dancers), Drumming, Hip-Hop and African Dance.   There will be a sharing on the last day of what was created and learned for friends and family.

Cost $350
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Ages 16+

June 24-28, 9AM-3PM, Monday-Friday

What’s better than making up stuff with friends… a week of it!  Come join The Hat Factory, the resident acting company of Pulse, for a week of short and long form improv, spontaneous theatre making, theatre sports and SNL type skits.  Using the methods of Viewpoints and Theatre sports we will tap into our impulses; develop quick trigger responding; and improve our character building, staging and devising stories all the while having fun playing in our fields of imagination.

Cost $350
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Ages 9-13

July 1-5, 9AM-3PM, Monday-Friday

This week is for movers who want to try out multiple forms of dance in an accepting, fun, friendly environment.  Participants will study Modern, Ballet, dance making and get a taste of African and contemporary dance forms.  This week provides an opportunity for new students to be introduced to dance and for experienced beginners to expand and further develop their skills.

Cost $350
Students ages 10+ are encouraged to continue in Dance Beyond Borders, Program 2
Discounted price if enrolled in both Program 1 and 2: $600
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Ages 10+

July 8-12, 9AM-3PM, Monday-Friday

Dance Beyond Borders is a week of traveling through different cultures, worlds, and styles of dance.  This journey is designed for young dancers who are interested in experiencing new ways of moving while developing their technical and artistic skills. Emphasizing Modern dance technique, the program will also include dances from Brazil, Africa, Spain and right here in New England.  In addition, a daily class in the craft of dance making will allow students the opportunity to create their own choreography, drawing upon dance forms of their own creation and those studied throughout the week.

Cost $350
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Ages 9+

July 15-19, 9AM-3PM, Monday-Friday

This program is designed for the physically active boy who wants to learn, move, play and express in a non-competitive environment.   Using acrobatics, Parkour, Martial Arts and movement creation, this group of boys will build skills that develop confidence, coordination, strength and flexibility while expanding their movement vocabulary with each other and the world.


Ages 14+

July 15-19, 9AM-3:30PM Monday-Friday

Tired of always rehearsing yet not getting a chance to improve your singing, dancing, and acting? Then this program is for you!  The Musical Theatre Intensive offers a rigorous week of training that will sharpen your acting, dancing and singing skills to help you become a solid triple threat. Classes taught by seasoned Broadway professionals include tap, acting, improv, voice, audition techniques, jazz, and modern. Students will walk away with a monologue, two audition songs and how to feel more confident when onstage and auditioning. Students in the Musical Theatre Intensive will be able to perform at Naumkeag as part of the Golden Standard Songbook singalong.

2018 Tony-nominated, Lauren Ambrose will be teaching a masterclass as part of the Musical Theatre Intensive.

Cost $350
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For intermediate/advanced level dancers ages 13+

July 22-Aug 10, 9AM-3:30PM Monday-Friday

Dancers, are you ready for more?  Join us for an inspiring, robust and challenging three-week dance experience.  Week 1 and 2 will focus on technique and wellness.  Classes will include Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, the Alexander Technique, dance making, African, Hip Hop, Partnering and Flamenco.  Week 3 will add in repertory, creating dances and devising a Site-Specific Work.  This program is for Intermediate or Advanced level of Ballet and/or Modern dancers.  A tour of Jacob’s Pillow will take place Friday, August 2 that will include a chance to explore the archives, watch classes and see performances on Inside/Out and of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham on the Ted Shawn Stage.  This intensive will end with a public performance on Saturday, August 10th.

Cost $1000 or $400 per week for the first 2 weeks ONLY.
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Read about Guest Teaching Artists for the Summer Intensives & Workshops