Gifts totaling $150K help fund Berkshire Pulse dance space


GREAT BARRINGTON -- Berkshire Pulse, a dance and performing arts educational center in downtown Housatonic, announced that two recent gifts have enabled them to complete their $300,000 "Pulse on the Move" capital campaign.

The two gifts were $100,000 donated by Ann and Weston Hicks of Stockbridge and New York City, and an anonymous gift of $50,000.

The two donations completed the organization's capital campaign, according to Bettina Montano, Pulse's artistic director and founder.

The aim of the campaign was to raise the money necessary to renovate the third floor of 420 Park St., a former mill building located in downtown Housatonic.

The new space, Montano said, will be a state-of-the-art dance facility that will accommodate more classes and allow for greater efficiency of operation.

With all the necessary funds in hand, Montano said work has begun. The new studio space is expected to open in the spring.

Clark & Green architects of Great Barrington designed the space, pro bono, she said.

"We are both thrilled and deeply grateful for these remarkable gifts and for the generosity of all our contributors," said Diane Pearlman, president of the Berkshire Pulse board of directors.

Ann Hicks is a member of the board of trustees of the American Ballet Theater in New York, where she is also the chairwoman of its education committee.

She is also an adviser to the ABT's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Wellness Program.

"Berkshire Pulse is not only teaching young people dance, but also helping to build their sense of competence," she said in a statement.

Founded in 2003, Berkshire Pulse now serves more than 600 members from Berkshire County, as well as neighboring communities in New York and Connecticut.

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