WELCOME TO BERKSHIRE PULSE!
The Berkshire Pulse mission is to build and strengthen community life through diverse and accessible programming in performing, movement and creative arts. By promoting the participation in these educational and health sustaining activities, we enrich the lives of families and individuals of all ages throughout the region.
Berkshire Pulse is a non-profit performing arts school and movement studio that provides year-round programming in dance and world music for people of all ages, levels and abilities. From beginners to professionals we offer challenging, fun and holistic classes that nurture the body, mind and heart. We practice equity and foster the vast benefits found in community involvement, fitness, artistic exploration and expression. We offer classes in African Dance, Ballet, Choreography, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Improvisation, Jazz, Latin, Modern, Musical Theatre, Pilates, Scottish Folk Dance, Tai Chi, Tap, World Music Percussion, Yoga, Zumba and more. We invite you to join our community of openness, acceptance and excellence.
BETTINA MONTANO, Founder/Artistic Director
Bettina holds a BFA in Dance, Cum Laude, from Temple University. She has performed professionally with Philadelphia’s Sybil Dance Company, Artistic Director Eva Gholson, and Dance Conduit, Artistic Director Ann Vachon, with choreographer Dawn Lane, Artistic Director Community Access to the Arts, as an independent choreographer and as a member of choreographer/film maker Laurie McLeod’s Victory Girl Productions with whom she performed extensively throughout the Berkshires, New York and abroad.
Bettina’s dance training began with her mother Christa Montano, a student of renowned dancers Mary Wigman, Herald Kreuzberg, Martha Graham, José Limón, Alwin Nicolais, Murray Louis and Louis Horst. Her early training continued under the direction of Truda Kashman, Debra Zall and later with Educators/Choreographers Eva Gholson, Ann Vachon, Hellmut Gottschild and Marilyn Middleton Sylla. Bettina’s passionate belief in accessible dance education led her to teaching and inspired the creation of The Flowering Child Performing Arts Program in 1995 which ultimately evolved into Berkshire Pulse in 2003.
Bettina has been teaching classes in modern dance for students of all ages and levels throughout her 20-year directorship of the organization.