Berkshire Pulse to present dance fundraiser May 28, 29


Berkshire Pulse, the dance and performing arts education center based in Housatonic, will present its 11th annual Performance Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 28, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at the Daniel Arts Center of Bard College at Simon's Rock. Proceeds benefit Pulse's Tuition Assistance Fund. Tickets are now on sale through the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center box office by phone at 413-528-0100, online at or in person at 14 Castle St. in Great Barrington. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $15 for youth ages 14-18.

The showcase performance features more than 100 Pulse dancers and musicians in a wide variety of genres including modern, ballet, musical theater, tap, Afro-Caribbean, flamenco, and world music. In honor of the Memorial Day weekend, Berkshire Pulse founder Bettina Montano has choreographed a new intergenerational work honoring the women who fought, worked and sacrificed to care for each other, their families and their countries during World War II. Dancers featured in this piece include advanced level Performing Arts Program teen students, faculty members and Diane Pearlman, chairwoman of Pulse's board of directors and executive director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative.

Pulse provides a place where all people, regardless of their economic status, can come to experience the joy, self-confidence and discipline that performing arts training instills.

"Pulse is all about inclusion. Tuition assistance helps us give everyone, old and young, a chance to dance and be part of our community," Pulse board member Ann Hicks said.

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