Recognized for physical and intellectual rigor, programs of The School can be taken for academic credit through the Pillow's affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Check with your school's registrar's office and department head to determine if credits will be transferable. Credit fee information will be available after May 2 and registration is at the Pillow on arrival day.
All programs require technically advanced and socially mature dancers with the stamina for eight hours of intensive dancing per day, plus four hours per evening of Festival events, six days per week. Minimum age on arrival is 16. A complete confidential medical history is required on acceptance, noting any conditions that could interfere with full program participation. The School at Jacob's Pillow is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Jacob's Pillow encourages and supports diversity in all programs.
Jacob's Pillow supporters make it possible to charge far less for programs than the actual cost. Program fees include tuition, room, board, and attendance at Festival events, including ticketed performances. Fees for the 2016 programs will be announced in December.
Refunds are granted for medical conditions only, with a physician's note. Refund schedule: 80% if withdrawal notification is received by three weeks prior to arrival; 60% by one week prior to arrival; 30% by the third program day; and none possible thereafter.
Programs and faculty are subject to change.
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"I've grown more than I can explain and understand I have been a part of something historical. This place, unlike many others, fosters individuals to immerse in the world as artists rather than machines. After my time here, I leave the Pillow trusting myself completely with all confidence and patience."
- Justin Melvin, 2010 Contemporary Program Participant