Special Workshops

Perfect your technique or experiment with a new style! Workshops are led by world-renowned artists and take place in some of dance’s most historic studios. Certain classes are open to intermediate/advanced dancers, while others are for participants at all levels (no experience required); ages 16+. Quiet observation welcome unless noted otherwise. 

Registration required online or call 413.243.9919 x166. Registration opens Monday at 9am the week of class. Walk-ups are accommodated as space permits.
All participants require a liability waiver. Participants younger than 18 require a parent/guardian signature.

Festival 2018 Special Workshops

July 22 at 11:30am-1pm | Tap with Dorrance Dance

Bakalar Studio | For all experience levels, ages 12+

This class focuses on technique through challenging drills with emphasis on clarity, time, and musicality in order to develop the strongest possible technical range for each student. The class provides a very fun and positive atmosphere for learning this incredible American art form and hopes to keep the teachings of the master hoofers alive and well for generations to come!

August 4 at 10-11:30am | Class with Monica Bill Barnes

Ruth St. Denis Studio | For intermediate/advanced dancers ages 16+

Monica Bill Barnes from Monica Bill Barnes & Company leads a master class based on the company’s performance style, which blends nuanced theatricality and explosive movement vocabulary. The class focuses on understanding how to use your technique to support your personal performance quality and asks participants to learn and perform longer phrases that encourage movement clarity, theatrical intention, and full-bodied power.

This workshop has passed.

July 8 at 11am-noon | Gaga/people with Ohad Naharin

Perles Family Studio | For all experience levels, ages 16+; workshop is closed to observers

Batsheva Dance Company Artistic Director Ohad Naharin leads a class that guides participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. This class offers a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in. Socks and bare feet are fine. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.