Intensives

2024 Summer Intensives

Starting in 2024, Berkshire Pulse is implementing a $20 non-refundable registration fee for our summer intensives. This charge covers administrative needs and is only charged once per student. If you register for multiple intensives, you will only pay one registration fee per student.

Registration for 2024 Summer Intensives is open!

Lea acerca de nuestros programas de verano en español aquí.

Dance Discovery (Ages 8-13)

June 24 – 28 | Ages 8 to 13, half-day option for ages 8-9 (mornings only)

Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm; 9am-12pm half day

An exciting journey into the engaging and rewarding world of dance, this week-long program provides an introduction to dance forms including ballet, modern, African, and more. Dancers will also have a chance to practice dance-making of their own!

$400 / $200 for the half day

Register here.

Berkshire Pulse Intensive (Ages 11+)

July 8 – 20 | Ages 11+

Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm; Second week, Monday to Saturday, 9am-4pm

This two-week program allows dancers ages 11+ to develop excellence in technique, as well as versatility and collaboration in the creative process. Daily classes will include ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, swing, salsa, and flamenco. Dancers will explore dance-making through partnering and improvisation. Plus, field trips to local partnering organizations. For students with at least two years of prior dance training.  

The program’s final day (Saturday, July 20) will include morning warmup classes, rehearsal, and an afternoon showing.

$800

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Dance Adventure (Ages 4-7)

July 22 – 26 | Ages 4-7, half day

Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm

This program for our youngest dancers invites them on an expedition into the exciting, engaging, and rewarding world of dance. Classes will include creative dance, tumbling, drumming, and more! 

$300

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Hip Hop and Street Style (Ages 10+)

July 29 – August 2 | All levels, ages 10 to adult

Monday to Friday, 9am-3:30pm

In this week-long program, dancers will learn foundational movements and techniques of hip-hop and street style dance, alongside discussions about the cultural meaning and significance of these dance forms. 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.

$400

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Musical Theater (Ages 10+)

August 5 – 10 | All levels, ages 10+

Monday to Saturday, 9am-3pm

This week-long program gives students the opportunity to jump right into the world of musical theater with classes in broadway jazz, voice, acting, and improvisation. Students will learn healthy warm-up practices for the voice and body, and work on character development, expression, participating in an ensemble, and more. The program directors will work with students to produce an informal performance for the final day of the program. 

The program’s final day (Saturday, August 10) will include morning classes, rehearsal, and an afternoon showing.

$500

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Movement Lab: A Workshop in Professional Practice (Ages 17+)

with Isadora Wolfe and Joe Poulson

August 12 – 16 | Advanced teens and undergrad students 17+, adults with advanced contemporary experience

Monday to Friday, 10am-3pm 

In this week long intensive, student artists will be immersed in the experience of a dance company:  challenging morning class imparting new skills, honing technique, and full-bodied dancing.  Followed by an afternoon of process: Joe and Isadora will guide and direct the “company” through various tasks involving dynamic phrases, improvisation and mini-modules using contemporary, contact and physical theater practices. The emphasis is on the process, and sharing the information that Joe and Isadora have acquired through their years of experience inside companies and as makers in their own right.  Expect to end each day sweaty, spent, inspired and filled up. 

$400

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Adult Dance Intensive (Ages 18+)

with Tom Truss

August 19 – 23 | Beginner/intermediate dancers ages 18+

Monday to Friday, 9am-12:30pm

This 5-day intensive is for beginning/intermediate dancers ages 18 and up who want to explore new and familiar dance practices that emphasize body awareness, mindful technique, dancing together, and joyful creative exploration. In the morning we will begin with an hour of wellness class focusing on alignment, structural integrity, mind-body connection, and injury prevention, followed by daily classes alternating between Modern, Jazz, or Ballet techniques. We will come back together for a final hour exploring the choreographic process through making dances.

Schedule:
9-10am: Wellness
10:15-11:15am: Technique
– Studio 1 (M, T, W, TH, F): Modern, Jazz, Modern, Jazz, African-Rooted Dance
– Studio 2 (M, T, W, TH, F): Ballet, Modern, Ballet, Modern, African-Rooted Dance
11:30am-12:30pm: Exploring the choreographic process

$250

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Our summer programs are funded in part by the ASOST-S Grant from Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership

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