Workshops & Events


December 15th

Isadora Duncan Dance Workshop Series
For dancers ages 13-adult

Introductory Workshop December 15th, 1-3PM
Cost $20

Dances by Isadora – Boston will return to Berkshire Pulse to offer a workshop on the technique and choreography of Isadora Duncan. Considered by many to be the Mother of Modern Dance, Duncan was inspired by nature, music, and a longing to express the freedom of the soul through movement. In this workshop, we will explore the use of weight, the flow of movement through the body, and moving from the solar plexus. We will also teach some of the Duncan repertoire. This workshop will also serve as an opportunity to find dancers with an affinity for this work who would be interested in participating in a performance with us on June 9 at Chesterwood, the estate of sculptor Daniel Chester French.

Dances by Isadora – Boston is a professional company dedicated to preserving the art and technique of Isadora Duncan. The work of Duncan has been passed down directly through generations of dancers. Our Founder, Patricia Adams, was taught by Sylvia Gold, who was taught by Irma Duncan, who was taught by Isadora herself. We have performed and taught most recently at Jacob’s Pillow. Other performance credits include Boston area venues such as Mount Auburn Cemetery, New England Conservatory, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, and the Dance Complex among others, as well as various performances in New York, Chicago, Russia, Japan, Hungary, Finland, and Canada.

December 15, Introductory workshop 1:00-3:00PM
January 19, 2019 Class/Rehearsal 1:00-3:00PM
February 9, Class/Rehearsal 1:00-3:00PM
March 16, Class/Rehearsal 1:00-3:00PM
April 6 and 27 th , Rehearsal 1:00-3:00PM
May 11, Rehearsal 1:00-3:00PM on site at Chesterwood or at Pulse
June 1, Rehearsal 1:00-3:00PM on site at Chesterwood
June 9, Performance at Chesterwood, Time TBD

Workshops ~ recurring & on demand


Sunie Gorey (bio here)
Four Saturdays, next session dates TBD, 2-3:30 PM
$80 for 4 weeks (1.5 hours each meeting)

** Be notified when the next workshop is happening! Email us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com **

Spots are limited, pre-registration required. Reserve your spot by contacting us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or (413) 274-6624. 

Have you been wanting to try yoga, but aren’t ready to jump into a regular class?  Join Sunie for the basics. Learn the fundamentals of yoga: A history and philosophy, Foundational postures (asana) and Breath exercises (pranayama). Exploring the body and breath will allow you to begin to experience the full meaning of yoga, the union of mind, body and soul. Each session will build upon the next. Sunie will provide you with a home practice that you will feel safe working through on your own. You will learn how to modify postures to suit your body’s needs.  You will learn to slow your mind down and discover the depth of breath. This workshop will prepare you for our Gentle and Advanced Beginners Yoga classes at Pulse.

Fathers, Sons, & Other Guys (Movement Enhancement Workshops)

Vincent Thomas (bio here)
A one-session workshop or a week-long workshop is available in August annually.

** Be notified when the next workshop is happening! Email us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com **

Spots are limited, pre-registration required. Reserve your spot by contacting us at berkshire.pulse@gmail.com or (413) 274-6624. 

This is a fun and rich bonding experience for men, teens, and boys to explore their values and negotiate consciousness around masculinity. In this physically engaging workshop, fathers and sons, extended family, and individuals will explore verbal conversations and physical conversations around the topic of movement and masculinity. Using movement games and structures to enhance and further the discussions, participants will unearth assumptions, truths, and myths about their personal and societal views. This workshop gives you a unique opportunity to spend time together with other men and boys.

For Men, teens, and boys of all backgrounds (no prior movement or dance skills required). Fathers (and/or male guardians) may come with one or more sons, as well as individual guys interested in exploring this topic.

See a video about the Movement Enhancement for Men program here: https://vimeo.com/275548988


Past Workshops & Events

Young Choreographers’ Initiative at  Saint James’ Place

On Sunday, December 9th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., Berkshire Pulse—the dance and performing arts education center based in downtown Housatonic—hosted a works-in-progress performance of choreography created by teen students in the Young Choreographers Initiative (YCI) at Saint James Place (352 Main Street, Great Barrington). The presentation featured group and solo works, including improvisations and in-the-moment choreography involving audience participation. The work explored issues that matter most to the students, including sexual assault, consent, and explorations of gender.

The Hat Factory 

Tom Truss, Emma Dweck, Amy Brentano, & Dave Edson

August 18, 8 PM
$5 – $15 Suggested Donation at the Door
No one turned away for lack of funds. 

What does a tango, a secret source of music, and 30 seconds of stillness have in common?  WE DON’T KNOW EITHER…at least not until showtime!

Isadora Duncan Workshop Series 

July 30-August 2, daily, 2:30-3:30 PM
4-class Workshop
$80, pre-registration required
Intermediate and Advanced level students

Join us for this immersive workshop in the technique and repertoire of legendary dance innovator, Isadora Duncan. An unconventional genius in her time, Duncan created works which have retained their vitality and relevance to today’s movers. Considered by many to be the mother of modern dance, Duncan developed a specific dance technique which involves initiating movement from the solar plexus. Her choreography draws on elements of nature, Greek myths, and themes of love and loss. We will experience the breath/flow of the technique and explore different facets of Isadora’s choreography.

See the teacher bios here.

Sophie Alpern ~ Community Ballet Workshop 

A guest teacher from the JKO School at American Ballet Theatre in NYC; see Sophie’s full bio here. A fun, challenging ballet class based on musicality, fifth position, speed, and various dynamics. The class emphasizes clean technique while also incorporating an artistic quality of movement.
  • Fri., July 20, 2-3:30 PM, included only when signing up for the 4-session package, $80 (pre-reg. required; Intermediate to Advanced dancers)
  • Sat., July 21, 10-11:30 AM Workshop, $17 walk-in or included in Pass (Open Level, no beginners)
  • Sat., July 28, 10-11:30 AM Workshop, $17 walk-in or included in Pass (Open Level, no beginners)
In the repertory session students will learn original choreography to an original music composition by Wayne Alpern. The choreography calls for artistry, dancing to various musical timings and dynamics, and dancing both as an individual and a cohesive group.
  • Sat., July 28, 11:30-1:00 PM Repertory, for those participating in the 4-session package (Intermediate to Advanced dancers)
RSVP Required! Email or phone: berkshire.pulse@gmail.com, 413-274-6624.


Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre
Multi-level, inter-generational (Ages 12-adult)
Tuesdays 6:30-7:45 PM, July 3, 17, 24, 31

$80 for 4 classes
$60 for remaining 3 classes, or $22 per class
$5 off class total for additional family members and current Pulse students

Explore traditional African dance in this high-energy class. Students move through a warm-up using isolations and rhythmic movement into a dance combination that travels across the floor. No prior experience is required for participation in this class. WITH LIVE DRUMMING AND SONG!

Kimball Farms Performance

Young Choreographers Initiative (YCI) & Kimball Farms Collaboration!

June 10, 2018; 1:30 PM
235 Walker Street Lenox, MA 01240

We’ve been working with Kimball Farms, the assisted living facility in Lenox, on a program that matches residents with members of our YCI. They’re creating pieces combining poetry, prose and movement to tell the seniors’ life stories. Performances are planned at Kimball Farms, Pulse’s studios and other area venues late spring/early summer.

To donate funding for this program, please click here and write “Kimball” in the notes area.

Rozann Kraus ~ Call for Dancers!

First meeting/rehearsal: Saturday, March 24 at 4:00 PM

Dancers are needed for a structured improvisational modern dance supporting the West Stockbridge Historic Society.

Award winning choreographer Rozann Kraus is creating a work for an outdoor event in a fundraiser for the West Stockbridge Historical Society. The piece will be a combination of modern choreography and sophisticated improvisation, to be performed on Friday, 8 June, 2018, 5:00pm at Turn Park, a 14-acre piece of heaven in West Stockbridge. She’s looking for diverse dancers with solid modern technique, varied performance experience, an openness to experimentation and a sense of humor. There will be at most 4 rehearsals, to be arranged based on availabilities, during April and May.

Questions to: Rozann@Rozann.net

FREE! Family Show at Berkshire Pulse, “TOP BANANAS!”

Bring the kids! Nutshell Playhouse kicks up its heels at Berkshire Pulse!

Sunday, March 25 at 1:00 PM

TOP BANANAS!  is  a fantasy filled performance of visual and musical delights, with special guests Annie Anaconda the singing snake, Engelburt, the morphing storyteller, Zesty with her melodious saw, tap dancing by Nemonee, a motley crew of instruments played by Donut, brand spanking new songs, and of course, our usual abundance of frolicsome shenanigans. Performed by Berkshire County Actors Stefanie Lynx Weber, Maizy Broderick Scarpa and Mark Hohlstein with live music by Don Jordan. Supported by the Great Barrington Cultural Council.

Nutshell Playhouse is committed to bringing imaginative live theater to diverse audiences. If cost is a concern, please reach out to us. Together we can develop a plan to fund a performance for your community. Let’s encourage each other and keep these unique offerings on the map and available for all.  www.nutshellplayhouse.org


Saturday, March 3rd, 2-4:00 PM
Live Drumming 4-4:30 PM

Adults: $25, students 18 years and under: $15
Pre-Register by calling or emailing berkshire.pulse@gmail.com

Zumba with special guest instructor, Tuan Nguyen, and your favorite Pulse teachers Lindsey Berkowitz, Erin Naylor, Kim Waterman! Plus boogie to live drumming 4:00-4:30 PM with Rick Shrum and Pulse drummers! Whether you dance for the entire time, or just drop in and out of the studio, join us for refreshments and fun. All proceeds go to buying new drums for Pulse’s World Music and Dance Program and In-School Programs!

If you can’t join us, you can still support our drum fundraiser by clicking here!

DISTILLING DANCE: A workshop investigating the embodiment of movement and the choreographic process

Moscelyne ParkeHarrison & Sean Lammer

For Teens & Adults ages 14+, Intermediate Level
March 9, 2018,  3:45-6:45 PM

COST: An additional $10 fee for the teens that are already part of the level 3 ballet class on that afternoon. All other students pay $20.

Moscelyne ParkeHarrison (Berkshire Pulse Alum) and Sean Lammer will lead a workshop influenced by their shared experiences in the dance world. Throughout their training and experience working with choreographers they have learned about the importance of embodying movement, and supplying one’s own creative voice in a choreographic process. Their objective is to expand the minds and bodies of young dancers through the exploration of his/her own range of motion. They aim to instill a sense of the inquisitive nature required of making dance as well as a new sensitivity to art and the creative process. With a loose frame in place, each dancer/thinker will be free explore how he/she fits into the workshop as an individual.

The three-part workshop includes a guided improvisation warm up focused on giving new sensory meaning to familiar technical ideas; a base phrase for a duet which they performed at Juilliard, and plan to dance in the Emerging choreographers Gala at Berkshire Pulse in May, for the participants to feel confident in their execution and individual interpretation of the phrase; and with coaching students will develop their own version of the phrase, and share their discoveries via movement.

Ze’eva Cohen, Bettina Montano and Laurie Freedman
Saturdays 1:00-3:30 PM

Repertory Workshop, Spring 2018
Introductory rehearsal, Saturday, Jan 13, 1-3:00 PM

Intergenerational, Age 14+
Adult participants may purchase a 10-class or 20-class Community Class Pass to participate.

“Sharing of the Water” Choreographed by Dancer/Choreographer/Educator Ze’eva Cohen

This repertory workshop will encompass the restaging of Ze’eva Cohen’s piece “Sharing of the Water.” The cast will be comprised of 10 or more dancers including intermediate/advanced level 3 Pulse students ages 14+ and adult women performers of mixed ages.

The subject of “Sharing of the Water” is migration and the yearning for a land that is a safe home. The choreography suggests peacemaking and reconciliation between a tight-knit community and a lone figure, representing a foreigner, a refugee, and “the other.” As danced to an Israeli/Middle Eastern song sung by Ofra Haza, the piece depicts a unified community of women that is shattered due to a man-made or a natural calamity from which a bond, for survival’s sake, is made between remnants of that group and the stranger.  The piece is performed by women. The movement material is derived from Middle Eastern and Modern Dance traditions, unique to Ze’eva’s heritage and style.

In addition to learning a new movement style and artistic sensibility, students will have the opportunity to experience and understand that dance can represent a human situation and bring about new thinking and change.

Rehearsals and performances will take place as follows:


Saturday, Jan 13: Introductory rehearsal 1-3:00 PM with Ze’eva
Saturdays, Jan 27-May 19:  1-3:30 PM Warm up class/rehearsal with Bettina Montano and Laurie Freedman

Rehearsals with Ze’eva:
Jan 20, Feb 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 7, 1:30-3:30 PM
Wed, Thurs, and Fri April 18, 19, 20, 5:30-7:30 PM
Sat, April 21, May 12, 1:30-3:30 PM

Tech Rehearsals and Performances:
Thurs, May 24: Tech rehearsal at the theater (evening time TBD)
Fri, May 25: Dress rehearsal (evening time TBD)
Sat and Sun May 26-27: Matinee performances 2 PM at Simon’s Rock Daniel Arts Center.
Saturday, June 9, Community Day at Jacobs Pillow (Time TBD)

When Ze’eva is not in residence Bettina will offer weekly warm-up/class on Saturdays from 1-2:15 (optional for adult participants) and Laurie Freedman will conduct rehearsals from 2:15-3: 30 PM. When Ze’eva is in residence, there will be a warm-up from 1:00-1:30 and then Ze’eva will conduct rehearsal until 3:30 PM.

Sereena Hunter

Friday, December 22nd

Hip Hop class for teens and adults
all levels ages 12+ $20 or included in your community class pass if you have one.

Pre-registration is NOW and confirms your place in this class.
So, call or email Pulse and let us know you are coming!

Young Choreographers Initiative Presentation

Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2 pm

Please join us for a very special presentation of work created by our YCI under the guidance of dance making teacher Susan Quinn.

Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park Street, Housatonic, MA


Open Studio Week

December 13-21,  2017 

December 13-21 is our annual Performing Arts Program OPEN STUDIO period.  This is a time to observe your child in class and also a wonderful opportunity for students and friends to observe each other’s classes. Interested prospective students may also visit to observe at this time. New community class members get the added bonus of trying 1 FREE class.

Berkshire Pulse | 420 Park Street, Housatonic, MA | 413.274.6624 | berkshire.pulse@gmail.com