The Youth Performing Arts Program offers a diverse range of after-school classes and summer programs – in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, musical theater, world music, Capoeira, hip hop, Flamenco, and more – that inspire positive development while encouraging determination, respect for self, respect for others and creative expression.
Community Classes provide opportunities for adults and teens to experience these arts and bring together people of all ages – children, teens, adults and seniors – to learn new skills, express themselves and lead healthier lives.
In-school Programs bring Pulse’s creativity directly to schools throughout the county, providing more than 1,000 elementary and middle students each year with free access to dance and world music ¬– often for the very first time in their lives.
Our Young Choreographers Initiative (YCI) empowers high school-age students to find their voice and express themselves through dance making and activism – offering a unique format for individual expression that builds confidence, inspires collaboration, expands creative vocabulary and strengthens communications skills.
Moving Life Stories is a project that connects teens and adults from different cultures and income levels – who might otherwise never meet one another (let alone create together) – to collaboratively develop movement pieces based on their life experiences.
Tuition Assistance keeps classes accessible to all by providing one out of every three youth and adult participants with support so they may have the benefits of the Pulse programs regardless of their financial situation.
Pulse’s Universal Participation (UP) Designation with the Massachusetts Cultural Council is evidence of our commitment to providing an accessible and fulfilling experience for every member of our community. Development of new programs and initiatives is already underway!
In addition to these programs, Pulse provides employment opportunities to more than 40 teaching artists and staff each year – nurturing an ever-growing community of dedicated educators and arts advocates.
Without the support of donors like you, Pulse couldn’t exist. Tuition only covers a portion of our expenses. Your help is crucial to ensuring that Pulse can continue to provide all it offers to the community.