Moving Life Stories Returns

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Moving Life Stories (MLS) is a creative movement class created for and geared toward the Berkshire immigrant population and their allies. MLS provides opportunities to share personal journeys, stories, and connections to places past and present through movement games, exercises, dancing, and community building.  

We’re excited to announce two series of Moving Life Stories Workshops in 2023 – one at the South Berkshire Friends Meeting House in Great Barrington and another at the Pittsfield YMCA.

In this series of workshops, we will learn various ways to tell and embody our stories through play, creative movement, and the creation of mini-dances. No prior movement experience is required, and the class is appropriate for all ages.

A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be present, childcare is provided, and transportation can be arranged. 

SOUTH COUNTY SERIES:

📅 Fridays February 3 – March 24
🕕 6-8pm

South Berkshire Friends Meeting House
📍280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

PITTSFIELD SERIES:

📅 Tuesdays April 4 – May 23
🕕 6-8pm

Berkshire Family YMCA – Pittsfield Branch
📍292 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

This program is made possible by the generosity of Mass Cultural Council, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Lee Bank, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and TD Bank Charitable Foundation, as well as Dalton Cultural Council, Mount Washington Cultural Council, New Marlborough Cultural Council, Otis Cultural Council, Sheffield Cultural Council, and Washington Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


Try a New Class This Year

Greek and Egyptian Belly Dance with Myrto Daskaloudi

📅 Beginning this Saturday, January 21
🕑 2-3:15pm

Open level; ages 12+

Rooted in community, celebration, expression, history, and culture, this class series will introduce students to regional dances of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, as well as terminology of movements, identification of rhythms, and traditional instruments.

Community Jazz: Jazz’n with Jones with Holly Jones

📅 Wednesdays
🕢 5:45-7:15pm

Ages 13 to adult

Jazz’n with Jones’ is a high energy, feel good class that draws inspiration from many styles and techniques. The class includes elements of improvisation, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, and modern jazz dance. This class will investigate stylization and technique with a sense of humor and curiosity. 

Intermediate Swing with Brianne Szymanski

📅 Wednesdays
🕢 7:30-8:30pm

Ages 16 to adult

Explore more complex movement patterns that establish the foundations of Lindy Hop as a social, vernacular jazz dance. Boost your confidence to hit the dance floor and have fun, while celebrating the music, movement, and spirit of Swing Dance!

Rewriting Relationships with our Female Body with Erica Rodas

📅 Every Second Monday of the Month
Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8, and June 12
🕖 7:15-8:15pm

Ages 18+

This class guides women to the truth and knowing within their own body, allowing participants to unhook from past patterns or the shame, pain, and disconnect collected from life experiences in order to know themselves in a radically new way. 


Start the new year dancing!

It’s not too late to register for Spring session classes! We’re so excited about everything on the schedule – from ballet and boxing, to belly dance, breaking, and more!

In-person registration is open in the evenings this week, and web registration continues online anytime!


We Met the Match!

Together, we met our matching gift challenge! You helped us raise over $10,000 for the Tuition Assistance Program in less than 3 weeks!

Thank you to Alander Construction and everyone in our incredible community who donated to match their generous gift.

You can still give to our Tuition Assistance Program for 2023 – help us continue to make our programming accessible to all people!


January Classes & Workshops

We have classes and workshops for adults and kids alike running the whole month of January. Scroll to learn more, or click the button to view and register!

Contemporary 4 with Joe Poulson

📅 Tuesdays, January 3 to 24
🕓 4-5:30pm

Open to intermediate/advanced adults; requires commitment to all four classes.

Hip Hop Series with Dashawn Davis

📅 Fridays, January 6 to 27
🕓 4-5pm: ages 10-15; requires commitment to all four classes.

🕠 5:30-6:45pm: ages 14+, drop-in

Dunham Workshop with Saroya Corbett

📅 Saturday, January 7
🕤 9:30 to 11:30am

Open to all levels; ages 12+

Learn about Katherine Dunham Technique, a modern dance style that combines Caribbean folk movement with ballet and experience a Dunham Technique movement class!

African Dance Series with Nkoula Badila

📅 Mondays, January 9 to 30
🕓 4-5:30pm

Open to teens and adults of all levels; requires commitment to all three classes.


Spring Registration is Open

Registration for our Spring session is underway! Be sure to check out our offerings and sign up.

In-person registration is open during select hours:

  • December 12-16: 11am-7pm
  • December 17: 9am-2pm
  • December 19-23, 27-30: 10am-3pm

Web registration continues online through the new year!


Two Weeks Left to Give

Thanks to generous community support, Pulse has never turned away a student for an inability to pay. In 2022, approximately one out of every five students was awarded between 30% to 100% of the cost of tuition.

We have until December 31 to meet our generous $5000 matching grant from Alander Construction. For the second year in a row, Alander will match all donations up to $5000, dollar for dollar.

This grant supports our Tuition Assistance Program. Learn more in our 2022 impact report and appeal.

January Classes & Workshops

We have classes and workshops for adults and kids alike running the whole month of January. Scroll to learn more, or click the button to view and register!

Contemporary 4 with Joe Poulson

📅 Tuesdays, January 3 to 24
🕓 4-5:30pm

Open to intermediate/advanced adults; requires commitment to all four classes.

Register here.

Hip Hop Series with Dashawn Davis

📅 Fridays, January 6 to 27
🕓 4-5pm: ages 10-15; requires commitment to all four classes. Register here.

🕠 5:30-6:45pm: ages 14+, drop-in. Register here.

Dunham Workshop with Saroya Corbett

📅 Saturday, January 7
🕤 9:30 to 11am

Open to all levels; ages 12+

Learn about Katherine Dunham Technique, a modern dance style that combines Caribbean folk movement with ballet and experience a Dunham Technique movement class!

Register here.

African Dance Series with Nkoula Badila

📅 Mondays, January 9 to 30
🕓 4-5:30pm

Open to teens and adults of all levels; requires commitment to all three classes.

Register here.


Support Pulse Teaching Artists

Pulse teaching artists and artists-in-residence Tom Truss and Moscelyne ParkeHarrison are hosting fundraisers to continue their respective creative work.

Tom Truss and collaborator Matthew Cumbie are raising money to finish the set and work with a composer for their work ReWritten, which reflects on the relationship between authors Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

Moscelyne ParkeHarrison’s Art Tonic 3.0 is the first live iteration of BODYSONNET’s yearly fundraiser. This year, they are zooming in on their multimedia collaborators, past and future, all in support of more projects for the 2023 season. 

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