Berkshire Pulse โ€” Summer Youth Programs

420 Park Street, 3rd FloorHousatonic, MA 01236
Phone: (413) 274-6624Email: berkshire.pulse@gmail.comWebsite: Visit Website Google Map

Dance Discovery (beginners and adv beginners ages 8 to 13, half-day option for ages 8-9)

June 26 - July 7 (no classes on July 4)

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

Berkshire Pulse Intensive (ages 11+, two groups: beginner and int/adv)

July 10 - 21

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, African, and flamenco. Dancers will explore dance-making through partnering, improvisation, and site-specific work. Plus, field trips to local partnering organizations. For students with at least two years of prior dance training.  

Dance Adventure (ages 4-7, half day)

July 24 - 28

This new 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! 

Hip Hop and Street Style (all levels, two groups: ages 12-14 and 15+)

July 31 - August 4

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.

Musical Theater (all levels, full-day camp for ages 10-14, evening series for ages 14+)

August 7 - 12 Full-day camp, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

Series 5-7p.m.

This-week long evening series will give the students an opportunity to take a daily musical theater workshop rotating between singing, acting, and improv and work on developing something for an end-of-the-week cabaret performance. 

Jumpstart (new and returning students ages 10-18)

August 28 - September 1

This program offers students who are new or returning to Pulse the opportunity to resume training with a week of afternoon classes before the Fall session begins. At least 1 year of previous dance experience is required.

Business Review

“In my years at Berkshire Pulse, I learned the value of a passionate artistic community, one that is centered on diversity in dance forms and its members." ~ Moscelyne Zia ParkeHarrison | Pulse Alumni |Julliard

"I cannot thank Berkshire Pulse enough for the values they have taught me, the commitment they have had to their dance community and their focus on artistic detail. It is because of Berkshire Pulse that I feel completely prepared and excited for all of the new things that lie ahead of me.”~ Lindsey Jacquier | Pulse Alumni | Wheaton College

" When I started out I was an energetic seventh grader who needed an outlet for all of my tapping. Since then I have gained so many more skills than I ever could have imagined. Aimee Gelinas saw potential in me then, and now, thanks to her classes, I feel like a trusted, well-equipped musician." ~ Nick Duffin, World Music Program Alumni, Ithaca College