Thank you to all of our community members, teaching artists, families, and dancers who made our 2023 Spring Celebration a huge success!
We are so grateful to our generous sponsors for making this year’s performance celebration possible:
Berkshire Mountain Bakery
Indian Mountain School
Nature Works Organic Land Care Inc
Joan & Peter Coombs
Alan & Benès Glackman
Claudia & Joe Gold
Bruce Humes/Tall Tree Productions
Diane Pearlman & Jeff Diamond
Join us this Saturday at the upcoming Housatonic Party in the Park! Come learn more about Pulse’s summer programming and join an African Dance and Drumming class.
Music & Storytelling (ages 4-6)
with Jeffrey Howard
📅 Mondays, July 3 to Aug 21
Using basic percussion instruments like shaky eggs, djembes, and the ukulele, this class will engage young children in music! Activities include: using rhythm to say your name in syllables; using the sounds of the instruments to cook a recipe; and acting out animals using sound and motions.
Plus, the class incorporates books like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “How Things Work in Busytown,” teaching young musicians to augment the stories and scenes using the sound from their instruments and the motion of their bodies.
Pride Ballet Workshop
📅 Saturday, June 17
🕤 9:30 to 11:30am
Set to pop tunes of queer greats, this workshop gives beginning and experienced dancers a chance to take up space, play with weight and momentum, and reframe their experience with ballet as one of joy.
This class centers queer folks but all are welcome! Dress in whatever way supports your identity and range of motion; rainbows encouraged. 🌈
*All proceeds from this class will be donated to the Elizabeth Freeman Center, an organization that offers hope, help, and healing to all experiencing or affected by domestic and sexual violence through free, accessible, and confidential services in Berkshire County.
Summer Intensive Highlight
👟HIP HOP & STREET STYLE INTENSIVE (Ages 12 to adult)
Introducing our Teaching Artists: Isaiah (Critical) Artis, Ben Court, Dashawn Davis, Miriam Piilonen, Andres Ramirez, and Peter (P-Boogie) Reynolds Jr. Read their bios here.
📅 Monday to Friday, July 31 – August 4
🕘 9am – 3pm
All levels, two groups: ages 12-14 and 15 to adult
Join these teaching artists to 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.