Class with Inside/Out Artists

Class with Inside/Out Artists

Select Thursdays, 4-5pm

Take a class, then see the artists perform as part of the Inside/Out Performance Series that evening. Weather permitting, class takes place at the Inside/Out stage. In the case of inclement weather, classes take place in the Ruth St. Denis Studio.

Open to all experience levels, ages 12+. Pre-registration required online or call 413.243.9919 x166. Pre-registration opens at 9am on Monday the week of class. Walk-ups are accommodated as space permits. Quiet observation welcome unless noted otherwise.

All participants require a signed liability/media release waiver. Participants younger than 18 require a parent/guardian signature. Liability/media release waiver can be completed online when you pre-register or by downloading a hard copy

2019 Inside/Out Artist Classes

July 4 | Kyle Marshall Choreography

Feel joy and uplift the spirit with Kyle Marshall as he teaches from an embodied history of black, American, and postmodern dancing. Participants will play with rhythm and footwork, while the voice will deepen the sense of musicality. Building phrase work to challenge the body’s coordination, use of weight, and retention of details, acts of unison and improvisation will heighten participants’ connection to the group and allow them to harness the personal power of choice-making. After class, see Kyle Marshall Choreography perform on the Inside/Out stage at 6:15pm.

Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for movement. Participants welcomed to dance in socks or barefoot.

August 1 | Moving Creatively: Experience Curriculum in Motion® with Liv Schaffer

Join Liv Shaffer and her performance cast through guided improvisations that warm the body and ignite a collaborative spirit. Participants will create movement studies based on imagery and innovative prompts drawn from Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® residency program, the nationally-recognized arts integration program that engages all ages and bodies through creative inquiry and the choreographic process.  After class, see Liv Schaffer perform on the Inside/Out stage at 6:15pm.

Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for movement. Participants welcomed to dance in socks or barefoot.

August 8 | Stones and Stories with Christopher K. Morgan*

*Open to participants of all levels and ages, backgrounds and experiences; FREE

Native Hawaiian choreographer Christopher K. Morgan’s dance-theater piece Pōhaku (the Hawaiian word for stone) incorporates stones in the performance. For this workshop, Morgan shares stories about the role of stones in traditional Hawaiian culture and his own life.

Workshop participants will gather stones according to traditional Hawaiian protocols, including asking each stone for permission to be utilized in the performance. The workshop will incorporate storytelling, moving, and chanting. These same stones then become a part of the Pōhaku performance, charged with the energy of the workshop participants. Following the Pōhaku performance, the stones are returned to the locations from which they were originally gathered.

Weather permitting, class begins at the Inside/Out Stage and will move throughout campus. In the case of inclement weather, class takes place in the Ruth St. Denis Studio. After class, see Christopher K. Morgan perform on the Inside/Out stage at 6:15pm.

Please wear comfortable clothing to move in and sturdy shoes for walking the Pillow grounds. No movement experience necessary, but a willingness to engage with and listen to the natural environment is helpful.


This class is part of The Land on Which We Dance. Learn more about the series and full schedule of events here.

August 15 | Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami

Artists from Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami teach a ballet class on the Inside/Out stage prior to their performance at 6:15pm.

Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for movement. Participants welcomed to dance in ballet shoes, socks, or barefoot.