Our Spring Celebration Is This Weekend!

Our annual Spring Celebration is this weekend! If you haven’t grabbed your tickets yet, there is still time. We can’t wait to see you there!

All tickets are general admission and available on a first come, first served basis. 100% of the proceeds will benefit our Tuition Assistance program. 

💗 Sponsor Spotlight

We are so grateful to our generous sponsors for making this year’s performance celebration possible. 

  • Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
  • Berkshire Food Co-op
  • Tall Tree Productions
  • The UltraWellness Center – Dr. Mark Hyman
  • Alan & Benès Glackman, C.P.A., P.C.
  • Claudia & Joe Gold
  • Diane Pearlman & Jeff Diamond  

-Mark Your Calendars-

FREE Moving Life Stories Performance Next Week!  

Join us for the closing celebration of Moving Life Stories at 5:30pm on June 1st at Chesterwood. It will be an evening rich in community, food, dance, storytelling, and more. All are welcome—and the event is free!    


Upcoming Workshops

*Super Journal Series: Move, Draw & Write to Boost Your Best Self

with Elizabeth Heller

This unique + transformative class offers students science-based mindfulness, movement, and journaling tools to boost their physical and emotional wellbeing. In a safe container for exploration + connection, participants will practice tools to help them manage the contemporary world while cultivating joy and freedom.

Students can expect to have fun, move their bodies, laugh, breathe, journal, and explore their own power to heal and create wellbeing!

Registration for this class is open & free, with a suggested $10 donation. 

Wednesdays in June, 4pm-5pm

June 1 & 8 – ages 8-11 

June 15 & 22 – ages 12-16

June 29 – ages 17+


*A Taste of Spain: Flamenco Workshop

with Joanne Bockemuehl-Jackson

Saturday 6/11 & Sunday 6/12

All levels, ages 18+

9:30-11 am – For absolute beginners

11:15-12:45 pm – For people with Flamenco experience


Our Summer Session Begins June 13! 

Online registration opens June 1. In-person registration begins June 2. Head over to our website to see a preliminary list of available youth and community classes.  

For the remainder of the spring session, the following community classes are available for in-person, drop-in registration:   

5/26: Ballet Zen with Melissa Elstein 

5/26 & 5/27: Shake Your Soul with Madeline Despres-Chen

5/28: Adv. Beginner/Intermediate Ballet with Shannon Nulf  

Discover Our Two New Wellness Programs!

To support our collective recovery from the last two years, we’re expanding our community class offerings to include two NEW programs that promote mental health and wellness!

Super Journal Series: Move, Draw & Write to Boost Your Best Self

with Elizabeth Heller

*Wednesdays in June*

This unique + transformative class offers students science-based mindfulness, movement, and journaling tools to boost their physical and emotional wellbeing. In a safe container for exploration + connection, participants will practice tools to help them manage the contemporary world while cultivating joy and freedom.

Students can expect to have fun, move their bodies, laugh, breathe, journal, and explore their own power to heal and create wellbeing!

Registration for this class is open & free, with a suggested $10 donation.

Therapeutic Movement Education Classes for the Special Child

with Sara Kiesel

*Coming Fall 2022*

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

Classes will explore body parts, spatial relationships, and basic dance elements relating to time​, rhythm, flow and breath​. We will develop skills in listening and concentration while exploring imagery and ​simple dancemaking. 


Have You Bought Your Big Y Community Bag?

A quick reminder! Throughout the entire month of April, each time you purchase a $2.50 Community Bag at the Big Y in Great Barrington, Berkshire Pulse will receive a $1 donation.

The Community Bags are located on displays around the store and at the checkout. Please spread the word with your friends and family!


PHOTO: (From left to right) Tom Truss, Matthew Cumbie, and Jake Blount in the final Act of ReWritten, performed in the barn at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead during the summer of 2021. Photo by Jana Laiz.

Support ReWritten!

After a successful site-specific performance at Arrowhead last summer, Pulse artists in-residence—including very own Tom Truss and co-creator Matthew Cumbie—are back at it again with ReWritten.

ReWritten is a work-in-progress that reflects on the often-overlooked intimate relationship between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne as a way to explore queerness, history, intimacy, writing and self-expression. The team will be performing at Arrowhead again this summer, as well as traveling to Paris to share their work with the Melville Society!  

The ReWritten team needs help in raising $10,000 to grow and support the development of the staged version of ReWritten. The first 10 people to donate $100 will be invited to a live advance Zoom screening of a special screen dance, filmed in Herman Melville’s writing studio (where he wrote Moby Dick) and on the grounds of Arrowhead!

Learn more and donate at the link below and mark your calendars—you’ll be able to see ReWritten performed at Arrowhead the last 2 weeks of July!


REMINDER: April Break Is Next Week!

All Youth classes are on break. The following community classes are also on break for the week and will resume after the 22nd:

* Ballroom Dance will not run this Friday April 15th, but class will resume on April 22nd.

All other community classes will continue as usual!

Berkshire Pulse