Moving Life Stories Returns

Para leer sobre este programa en español, haga clic aquí.

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. 

Looking to 2023…

We’re excited to announce we have received a matching grant from Alander Construction for the second year in a row, which means every dollar donated will be doubled – up to $5,000! 

Your generosity is at the heart of our Pulse.

Click the button below to learn more about our work inside and out of the studio and how to support the future of Pulse.

Take a Peek in the Studio

We’re so excited to be looking toward 2023! Mark your calendars – the class and workshop schedule for the next session will be live on December 8.

Select classes will be open for observation during the last week of the session, December 12 to 17. Keep an eye on your inbox to sign up to watch your dancers!

In-person registration for spring classes will also begin that week.

Two Workshops Next Week

OPEN LEVEL AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP

with Nkoula Badila

📅 Wednesday, December 7
🕓 5:45 to 6:45pm

Open to all levels; ages 12+

OPEN LEVEL HIP HOP WORKSHOP

with Dashawn Davis

📅 Friday, December 9
🕓 4 to 6pm

Open to all levels; ages 12+

See Pulse Teaching Artists Perform

A lighted sign reads "Broadway Cabaret" in front of a red theater curtain.

Enjoy two performances of fabulous show tunes, featuring Tom Truss, Molly Welch, and Wendy Welch!

Performance Dates

December 3 at 7pm
December 4 at 2pm

Venue

Dewey Memorial Hall
91 Main Street,
Sheffield, MA 01257

Meet New Pulse Staff Members

Berkshire Pulse has new staff members! You might recognize their faces around our studios.

Joining the team this fall are our new Administrator Shannon Nulf, and Marketing/PR & Curriculum Coordinator Gillian Ebersole. Check out our staff page to learn more.


Vote for Pulse

It’s time for the Rural Intelligence Readers’ Choice Awards!

Berkshire Pulse is nominated in multiple categories, including Best Nonprofit, and our Artistic Director, Bettina Montano, is nominated in the category of Person Who’s Contributed Most to the Region.

Help us win by visiting RuralIntelligence.com/ReadersChoice to cast your vote! Voting runs until November 14, and you can cast nominations every day. For voting instructions, visit the homepage of our website.


Upcoming Workshops

OPEN LEVEL HIP HOP WORKSHOP
with Dashawn Davis

📅 Friday, October 28
🕓 4 to 6pm

Open to all levels; ages 12+

AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT
with Paula Josa-Jones

📅 Sunday, October 30
🕐 1 to 4:30pm

Open to all levels; ages 18+

AFRICAN DANCE WORKSHOP
with Nkoula Badila

📅 Wednesday, November 9

🕠 5:45 to 7:15pm

Open to all levels; ages 11+


Super Journal is Back

Move, Draw, and Write to Boost Your Best Self

Created by Elizabeth Heller, ERYT-200, Super Journal is a FREE mindfulness, movement, and journaling class for teachers and parents to provide them with an opportunity recover from stress and learn wellness tools. 

Sessions start November 3 at libraries near you! 


Take a peek inside our studios!

Taekwondo with the Martial Arts Institute of the Berkshires began their fall classes in our studios this week. The space feels alive with movement and breath from our Youth Performing Arts Program and Community Classes.

Don’t miss the upcoming opportunities in this post – we hope to move with you soon!


Groove with Dashawn Davis

Open Level Hip Hop Workshop

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 28!

Pulse is hosting the first of our monthly workshops in Hip Hop and Street Style dance. Join Dashawn Davis from 4 to 6pm. Open to all levels; ages 14+.


Dance with Luana

Latin Dance Shines

at Simon’s Rock

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15pm beginning October 25
Ages 16+

Take an in-depth course on Salsa and Samba at Simon’s Rock. In this class, you’ll learn to identify rhythms, develop movement from Salsa and Samba steps, and progress into a choreography true to the original rhythm.

Can’t get enough? Luana’s Zumba class at Pulse starts Tuesday, October 25, at 1pm! Register for Zumba here.


Practice Authentic Movement

with Paula Josa-Jones

October 30 at 1pm
Ages 18+

Authentic Movement is a meditative, intuitive, improvisational movement. In this workshop, you will practice listening and attunement; slowing and opening to a deeper sensing of body and psyche. Give yourself the gift of this somatic and meditative experience!

Time to Sign Up for Fall Classes!

Registration for our fall classes is officially underway. Check out our new Youth Performing Arts Program schedule—and don’t miss out on our freshest Community Classes

Get excited—classes start September 12th!   


Can’t Wait to Start Dancing Again? Try This… 

3 Day Ballet Jump Start Youth Program

with Fiona Scruggs and Emily Hildebrand

for ages 10-18

This program offers students who are new or returning to Pulse the opportunity to resume training with 3 consecutive afternoons of classes just before the Fall session begins. Previous dance experience is required.

2 CLASSES AVAILABLE:

Advanced Beginner, ages 10-12

Tuesday 9/6 thru Thursday 9/8

4-5:30pm

with Fiona Scruggs

Intermediate+, ages 13-18

Tuesday 9/6 thru Thursday 9/8

4:30-6pm

with Emily Hildebrand


And Make Sure to Check Out Our NEWEST Classes!

These classes are available for the first time ever!

🎤 The Art of Rap (Ages 10+)

Learn how to rap with Jackson Whalan and explore verse writing, freestyling, and collaboration techniques.

🎸 Rock Band Camp (Ages 11+) 

Turn your rockstar dreams into reality with Jeffrey Howard. Calling all drummmers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, vocalist—level up your playing skills and let’s play together!

🎭 Musical Theater for Teens (ages 12-18)

Work on songs and learn to use the body and voice for healthy acting and singing with Wendy Welch.

🎭 Musical Theater for Adults (ages 18+)

Love to sing? Explore the fun and freedom of singing through a healthy vocal technique, breath and connection to the material with Wendy Welch.

💕 Dance for the Special Child (ages 6-9)

With deep respect for the journey of the child whose perceptions and abilities are getting in their way​, Sara Kiesel offers therapeutic movement classes​ ​that develop skills in communication, behavioral skills management, and social/emotional interactions. 

🕺🏽 Vitamin D (ages 14+)

Vitamin D is a choreographed fitness class with Jessica Mahaney for ANY BODY that wants to shake a tail feather!

💃🏽 Latin Dance at Simon’s Rock (ages 16+)

Join Luana Dias David and discover the rhythms and movements from Salsa and Samba steps—progressing into a choreography true to the original rhythm.

🥊 Community Boxing Gym (8th graders to adults)

*FREE for Housatonic + GB youth*

Genève Brossard’s fun class focuses on improving fitness and learning all the elements of boxing training; practicing punch combos, footwork, jump-rope tricks, mitt work, and conditioning.

Let’s Swing!

Get your jitterbug on in our new ballroom dance class, Intro to East Coast Swing!

Led by Alex Bloomstein, this class is designed for people who have never taken a partnering ballroom class before. The class will introduce the participants to ballroom partnering and basic East Coast Swing steps. The goal is to give participants the confidence to step out onto a dance floor with a partner, relax, and have fun dancing.

Classes start March 18th, and full six week participation is strongly recommended. Students should sign up with a partner (contact us if you’d like to take this class but don’t have a partner and we will pair you with one).

Ballroom Dance: Intro to East Coast Swing

Open level, ages 16+

Fridays, 6-7pm

March 18 – April 29


NEW: Creative Dance for Ages 4-6

with Sara Kiesel

Ages 4-6

Mondays, 3:45-4:45pm

April 4 – May 23

In addition to our Saturday classes with Erin, we’re adding a new session of Creative Dance on Monday afternoons! Led by Sara Kiesel, this class encourages the joy of movement and imagination through a playful and guided approach to shape, rhythm, balance, flow, and locomotor skills. Lively music, stories, and imagery are key elements of this class.

Learn more and sign your little one up here.


Upcoming Workshop: Broadway Jazz

with Ilana Ransom Toeplitz

Open level, ages 16+

Fridays, 6-7pm

March 18 – April 29

Ilana Ransom-Toeplitz’s Broadway Jazz Workshop is just around the corner—and it’s sure to be a fun, laughs, good time!

This one day workshop focuses on jazz style, technique, interpretation, and quality—with exclusive access to a “behind the scenes” look at what it’s like to work on Broadway. Designed to support students with all levels of experience, Ilana emphasizes work ethic, commitment, individuality and focuses on bringing the best out of each student.

The workshop is just around the corner—on April 2nd. Learn more and save your spot here!


Summer Intensive Registration Now Is Open!

Check out our ballet, contemporary, hip hop, Dance Discovery, and Rhythm Alive programs—it is shaping up to be a phenomenal summer already!

Berkshire Pulse