This event took place across Berkshire county from July 14 to 21, 2022.
Featuring Versa-Style Dance Company’s Origins of Hip Hop (July 15-17) and LayeRhythm at a special On the Road celebration at Pittsfield’s Third Thursday (July 21), with Berkshire dance artists including Berkshire Dance Theatre, BSKE Dance Community Group, dysFUNKcrew, The Funkbox Studio, and Danza Orgánica.
Jacob’s Pillow and On the Road program partners encourage the public to pack a blanket or outdoor chair and invite family and friends to enjoy these pop-up performances in Becket, Great Barrington, North Adams, and Pittsfield. On the Road is sponsored by Mill Town Capital.
For the safety of artists and the audience, these performances may be moved inside in the event of inclement weather. Please check our website for any important customer service updates and rain plan notification.
Versa-Style Dance Company
with Berkshire Dance Theatre & DysFUNKcrew
Location: River Grove Park, River St & Houghton St.
Date and Time: Friday, July 15 at 5:30pm
Parking: Please park in the St. Anthony’s parking lot (where the North Adams Farmers Market is located). There is also limited street parking around River Grove Park. When parking for this event please do not park at the nearby hotel Porches. Their parking lot is reserved for their guests only.
with BSKE Dance Community Group
Location: Town Hall Park, 334 Main St.
Date and Time: Saturday, July 16 at 1pm
Parking: There is street parking available along and around Main Street, as well as municipal parking.
with Luana Dias David leading Zumba
Location: North Becket Park, Maple St.
Date and Time: Sunday, July 17 at 1pm
Parking: Please park in the Becket Washington School parking lot. There is also limited street parking around North Becket Park.
with LayeRhythm, FunkBox Studio, and Danza Orgánica Dance for Social Justice™ Pittsfield Community Residency
Due to inclement weather, this performance has been moved inside.
Please join us at Zion Lutheran Church at 74 1st St in Pittsfield at 5:30pm today.
Masking is required for all audience members (ages 2+) regardless of vaccination status for all indoor events. Please have proof of vaccination ready.
Location:Zion Lutheran Church at 74 1st St in Pittsfield
Date and Time: Thursday, July 21 at 5:30pm
Parking: Please park in the First Street parking lot. There is also street parking throughout the downtown area.
About the Artists
Versa-Style Dance Company: ORIGINS of Hip Hop consists of high-energy, unadulterated hip-hop movement that explores and pushes the boundaries of the origins and roots of street vernacular dances such as Locking, Popping, Hip Hop, and Krump. Audiences will walk away with a different view on Hip Hop dance culture and will be vividly immersed into the depth and beauty that unites us all.
dysFUNKcrew is a local dance troupe of MCLA Dance Company alumni. Its founding members have been learning and performing together for over a decade as a means of enjoying each other’s friendship and sharing their collective passion for dance. Over the years, they have expanded by welcoming not only MCLA grads but Berkshire Dance Theatre alumni. Despite having careers and full-time jobs, the members of dysFUNKcrew have made it a point to bring joy to all of their audience members by performing anywhere they can at venues such as MCLA, MASS MoCA, The Colonial, Barrington Stage Company, Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, The Clark, and even the National Museum of Dance. Their motto from day one: “We perform for 5 like we would 500.”
Berkshire Dance Theatre was established in 1982 as a 501c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the joy of dance, music and art to their surrounding communities. At BDT, their students acquire a love for dance, music, and art that will last a lifetime. They aim to develop the mind and body while kindling the imagination, developing coordination, and encouraging a confident and outgoing personality. In 2022 they celebrated their 40th anniversary and are so excited for what’s to come in the next 40+ years!
LayeRhythm combines live musicians and freestyle dancers to create dance from a diverse cultural palette: hip hop, funk, soul, house music, and popping, locking, waacking, Detroit jit, Chicago footwork, krump, flexN, breaking, voguing, litefeet, and house dance styles. Featuring artists from African American, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities of NYC, LayeRhythm has given the spotlight to 200+ local and international street/club dancers and musicians, and has performed throughout the city’s five boroughs in clubs, theaters, parks, festivals, and online communities. Part jam session, part crowd interaction, LayeRhythm is a “brew of partying and performing” (The New York Times.)
Dance for Social Justice (DSJ)™, Danza Orgánica’s signature program, engages the community in a collaborative dance/movement process to develop creative strategies for community building towards social change. DSJ invites us to radically dream together so we can conjure up new ways of living rooted in collective liberatory practices. Collective dance creation is our anchor. This summer, through a four-part workshop series in Pittsfield, in collaboration with Berkshire community members, DSJ focused on the following question raised by community members: “How do we work together towards liberation?” We looked into ourselves, our biases, and the social concerns raised by participants. We gathered in sacred space and worked together to envision the world we want to live in through dance and movement. We are excited to share our process with you.
BSKE Dance Company is a group dedicated to the beautiful art of dance. What does BSKE stand for? Bachata, Salsa, Kizomba, Etc.! Berkshire social dancing classes range from beginner to advanced, and meet locally—a perfect opportunity to learn social Latin dancing techniques, meet new people, and have fun!
The Funk Box Dance Studio is the first all Breaking-based studio in Massachusetts! It is a place where kids focus on learning the core foundation of Breaking and Hip Hop culture. Aside from dance, kids also learn to develop self-confidence, respect, and authenticity within oneself.
Luana Dias David is a dance coach, choreographer, and fitness instructor. Growing up in Brazil, her dance philosophy and style were inspired by break dance, samba, capoeira, and ballet. Dias David became a Zumba® instructor in 2012 and a Zumba Jammer® in 2013 and has taught and performed internationally.
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On the Road
At Across Berkshire County: Jul 15 - Jul 21