Berkshire Pulse's Annual Performance Celebration
Name: Berkshire Pulse's Annual Performance Celebration
Date: May 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
HOUSATONIC, MA-- Berkshire Pulse, the dance and performing arts education center based in downtown Housatonic, is proud to present its 14th Annual Performance Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 pm at the Daniel Art Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington. This joyful and inspired annual event has become a favorite opportunity for the Berkshire community to celebrate the creative accomplishments of dancers and musicians age 6 – 60+ from all levels of experience as they perform in a wide variety of classical, multi-cultural and contemporary genres of dance and world music. The theme of this year at Pulse is connection – a concept much needed in today’s world. With so much dividing people, the arts have an incredible power to help us find common ground. The performance highlights the many ways Pulse classes and workshops explored the meaning of connection, both culturally, through dances of Africa, flamenco and world music (including an exciting new bucket drum piece), and sociologically, by addressing current issues. The teens in our Young Choreographers Initiative focused on Movement and Activism and created “Untitled”, a powerful piece on a subject impacting many young people today: sexual assault and consent. “Rise”, a piece which features choreography created by a group of younger dancers, is based on improvisations that explored the differences of connection and disconnection between people. The title refers to the feelings they experience when they connect with each other as a group. Through rhythm, one of our graduating students, Taylor Slonaker, created “My Story”, a tap piece expressing her life experience through various rhythmic tones using wood platforms. The performance is a celebration of dance and music in the spirit of connection and community. It is Berkshire Pulse’s way of inviting others to come together in celebration of these arts, and sharing in the responsibility we all have to making them accessible for everyone. Proceeds from this event benefit Pulse’s Tuition Assistance Program, which enables children and adults who cannot afford tuition to attend dance, movement, theatre and world music classes at significantly reduced rates. Through this vital program, Pulse provides a place where everyone can experience the joy, self-confidence and connection to others that these arts instill. Over 35% of current participants receive some level of assistance. Through TAP, Pulse has never turned away a student for an inability to pay. “We are thrilled to share the creativity and hard work of our dancers with the entire community,” says Bettina Montano, Pulse’s Artistic Director and Founder. “It’s a wonderful way for everyone to celebrate their accomplishments, experience the joy of dance, get inspired and connect with one another.” Berkshire Pulse is grateful to the 2019 performance sponsors for their support, including Salisbury Bank, Neonet Technologies, Inc., and the many wonderful families and individuals who have contributed to the event.