Berkshire Pulse’s In-School Programs recognize the importance of creative learning and its ability to bring dynamism to the learning process while helping children uncover their hidden talents, find their voice, and build strength and confidence. Research validates that students with high levels of arts engagement from kindergarten through elementary school show higher test scores than students with lower levels of arts engagement over the same period.
Arts education that specifically involves dance and assists in the development of specific skills like physical coordination, interpersonal communication, rhythm and related math skills, and multicultural awareness. The physical exercises involved in dance stimulate mental alertness, attention to detail, and memorization skills. Through dance, students learn important skills, like how to pick up new ideas quickly, to pay attention to small details, and to focus on the task at hand. Most importantly, students learn to respect each other and work together as a community that honors each participant.
Our in-school programs also provide a learning environment that is particularly supportive of children with kinetic and auditory learning styles, a segment of the student population that is often harder to serve.
Involving Your School
We are always interested in new community partners for our In-School Programs. Please contact our In-School Program Coordinator at kimwaterman.pulse or call 413-274-6624 to discuss what program would best serve your students.
Cultural Traditions: The Music and Dance of Africa
New Marlborough Central Elementary School
Undermountain Regional Middle School
Berkshire Arts & Technology (BART) Charter Public School
This residency program uses African dance and drumming as a vehicle to explore the concepts of folklore and storytelling. As students dance and drum their stories, they take part in a rich, cultural experience that promotes knowledge and understanding of the context of the arts in history. Youth also connect to the greater human experience and develop and express their personal sense of identity. Classes are held twice a week, culminating in a collaborative performance for the community that brings all of the participating students together.
Introduction to Dance
Nessacus Middle School
Morris Elementary School
This program introduces young people to the experience of dance to build confidence and assist in the development of physical coordination, communication, rhythm and math skills, and multicultural awareness. Students participate in workshops in Contemporary/ Improvisation, Hip-Hop and/or African dance, bringing artistry, energy, and variety to the school day.
Math and Drumming
Muddy Brook Elementary School
Williamstown Elementary School
This program integrates World Music instruction into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. Drumming creates a direct connection between rhythm and math; through drumming, children literally feel the concept of math. Rhythms begin simply and grow more complex, demonstrating a connection to numbers and fractions. The program helps youth with memory, understanding and the ability to apply math concepts in the real world through problem-solving.
The In-School Programs have received generous funding from:
Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence
The Cultural Investment Portfolio of the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Eagle Fund and Janet’s Fund
Lee Fund for Educational Enrichment
Lenox Educational Enrichment Fund (LEEF)
Williamstown Elementary School Enrichment Fund (WESE)
The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation
The following Local Cultural Councils, which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency (www.massculturalcouncil.org):
Alford-Egremont Cultural Council
Great Barrington Cultural Council
Monterey Cultural Council
Mount Washington Cultural Council
New Marlborough Cultural Council
Northern Berkshire Cultural Council
Sheffield Cultural Council