Immersion in Dance
Living and training on the beautiful historic grounds of Jacob's Pillow involves intensive studio work, performing weekly for Festival audiences, attending performances and events, and interacting with an international dance community. Classes, rehearsals, and coaching sessions from 9am to 5pm, six days a week, demand technical and performance skills, stamina, perseverance, risk-taking, and creative collaboration. Festival activities each evening are just as intense and inspiring.
A Community of Artists
A festival community of artists, scholars, research fellows, interns, and staff fosters thought-provoking conversations and invaluable relationships for the future. Major dance figures from around the world have been coming to the Pillow since the 1930s. Encounters with artistic directors, choreographers, critics, scholars, and dedicated dance supporters abound. You might find yourself browsing in the Pillow Store beside Michelle Dorrance, having lunch with Peggy Hickey, mingling with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar at a cast party, or chatting with Glenn Edgerton after a Q&A session.
Jacob's Pillow is located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, an international destination noted for its beautiful natural environment and world-class cultural institutions, including Tanglewood, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, Norman Rockwell Museum, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. New York City and Boston are each less than 3 hours away. The 225-acre campus includes two theatres, an outdoor stage, five dance studios, exhibition galleries, the Archives, health office, food venues, store, gardens, and a wetlands trail.
Ted Shawn's students and company members built and maintained much of the property, from roads to studios to wells. Residents today share this same spirit of responsibility as they help care for the beauty, history, and integrity of the Pillow.
Life at the Pillow
"I'm not only making so many connections with major choreographers and dancers from all over the world, but am leaving the Pillow with a different outlook on being an artist and twenty-three friends that will last a lifetime."
- Kyle DuPree, 2010 Contemporary Program Participant