2022 Summer Intensives

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Rhythm Alive for ages 6-9

Rhythm Alive has been CANCELLED for 2022. Please contact us if you have any questions about placing your child in classes at Pulse.

Dance Discovery for ages 9-12

July 5 – July 9, 2022 | Tuesday – Saturday 9AM – 3PM | Pulse Studios | $350, TA and EBT available

With Tom Masters, Bettina Montano, Ian Spencer Bell, Melissa Elstein, Nkoula Badila, and Ntchota Badila

This week-long program invites students on a fun and adventurous expedition into the exciting, engaging, and rewarding world of dance. Students explore a range of dance styles with daily classes in ballet, modern, jazz, and African dance technique. The modern class will dedicate the end of class to exploring tools to create dance and develop the student’s inner artist. The program culminates with an informal sharing for families on the last day.

Daily Schedule

9:00 – 10:15am Jazz with Tom Masters
10:30-11:40am Modern with Bettina Montano
11:40 – 12:20pm Lunch
12:30-1:45pm Ballet with Ian Spencer Bell / Ballet with Melissa Elstein
2:00-3:00pm African Dance with Nkoula Badila with accompanist Ntchota Badila

HIP HOP/STREET STYLE INTENSIVE, for all levels ages 12-14 and 15+

July 11 – July 15, 2022 | Monday- Friday 9AM – 3PM | Pulse Studios | $450, TA and EBT available

Directed by Andres Ramirez, in partnership with The Funk Box Dance Studio. 

Taught by Andres Ramirez, King Charles, Dashawn Davis, Kelli Forman, and Jackson Whalan

In this week-long program, students will learn foundational movements and techniques of hip-hop and street style, alongside the cultural meaning and significance of these moves. Students will delve deeper into the world of hip hop with class discussions and lessons on history, music, art, and culture. The emphasis in this program is on social dancing and creativity.  The program will create an encouraging space to try out what you learn and most importantly show off your unique style and personality while freestyling in daily cyphers. Styles will include beginner’s breaking, party grooves, and footwork. 

Contemporary Intensive

July 18 – July 30, 2022 | Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 3:30PM | Mornings at Pulse & Afternoons at Chesterwood | $700, TA and EBT Available 
Culminating Presentation on Friday, July 29 at 5pm. Rain date on Saturday, July 30 at 1pm.
Serving 2 groups of students:
Group 1: advanced beginner/intermediate dancers, ages 11-13 
Group 2: intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 14+

With Fern Katz, Micheline Weiler, Luana Dias David, Sereena Hunter, Gillian Ebersole, Rebecca Alson-Milkman, Sayer Mansfield, Leighann Kowalsky, Nkoula Badila, and Ntchota Badila

Please note: registration in the Contemporary Intensive requires participation in the full 2-week program.

This two-week interdisciplinary program develops excellence in technique as well as versatility and collaboration in the creative process. The morning session takes place in the Pulse studios with a daily optional ballet barre warm up at 8:30AM, followed by contemporary dance technique classes, plus jazz, African, Samba, and Hip Hop classes throughout the two-week program. Technique classes will focus on full-bodied movement with development of strength and skill, connectedness and ease, alignment, and dynamic movement vocabulary. Elements of partnering will also be included. The afternoon will take place in the sculpture gardens at Chesterwood, and bring dancers into site specific creative process. Choreography classes will utilize studies of phrase-making, composition, and structured improvisations. Dancers will be guided collaboratively to create a site-specific and immersive audience experience for an in-person showing and a dance film. The program will culminate with a FREE performance of student works created in the sculpture gardens of Chesterwood.

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Ballet Intensive

August 1 – August 6, 2022 | Monday – Saturday 9AM – 3:30PM | Pulse Studios | $400, TA and EBT available
Serving 2 groups of students:
Group 1: advanced beginner/intermediate dancers, ages 11-13 
Group 2: intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 14+

with Sophie Alpern, Alex Bloomstein, Rebecca Alson-Milkman, Daphne Zniemer, Melissa Elstein, Joanne B. Jackson, and Gillian Ebersole.

This program will offer ballet students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of Ballet as a traditional and contemporary art form, while experiencing its value as an effective tool for other dance forms. Daily classes include ballet technique, pointe/ pre-pointe/ traditional male ballet technique, partnering, pilates, and artistry and variations. Challenging all facets of the student’s artistry, our faculty will meet each artist where they are to refine their technical skills, strength, musicality, and foster their dynamic artistry. Program culminates with an informal sharing for families on the last day.

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A Taste of Spain

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August 27 & 28, 2022 | Saturday – Sunday 9:30AM – 12:30PM | Pulse Studios | $40, TA and EBT available | For all levels ages 7+

With Joanne Bockemuehl-Jackson

Looking for some FUN activities this summer? Come dance Flamenco with us!

August 27-28, 9.30-10.45am
This is the perfect opportunity for you to bring JOY to your summer while having fun dancing with your friends and families. This workshop is an introduction to flamenco dance and will offer you a taste of movement typical for Flamenco dance.
Kids (7+) are welcome to join you taking the class together.
We will discover how to move, to listen and how to clap in style of Flamenco. This dance has the magic to connect to yourself in the moment and express your personality in dance. No previous dance experience and no partner required. Bring shoes with heel or sneakers.

August 27-28, 11.15-12.30pm
This workshop is perfect if you have already taken Flamenco classes before and need to refresh and get inspired. This class will focus on technique that will be mounted in a little choreography. Flamenco shoes are recommended but not required. Adults only.

Berkshire Pulse