About Jacob’s Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times).

“The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival.

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 500 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.

We are committed to providing an inclusive environment that cultivates the celebration of the art of dance and its positive impact on communities. We are dedicated to fostering a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for everyone on our beautiful campus. You, as patrons and visitors of Jacob’s Pillow, are expected to contribute to our mutually respectful and welcoming community and support the world of dance and its citizens for generations to come.

Mission Statement

To support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance.


World premieres, U.S. debuts, ecstatic and diverse artists, and collaborations with composers, visual artists, and writers comprise over 150 performances presented each Festival season.


New work and the development of the art form are supported through commissions, the Pillow Lab In Process Series, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.


The School at Jacob’s Pillow provides training by eminent faculty that not only produces great dancers, but also great artists. The Intern ProgramPublic School Programs, and Community Classes educate people of all ages about the art of dance.


The Pillow is a National Historic Landmark with rare and extensive dance Archives encompassing materials from 1894 through today. The photography collections, films, library, exhibits, and video viewing stations are free and open to the public.


The general public, students, scholars and artists are invited to experience dance through more than 200 free performances and talks, rehearsals, class observationtours and interaction with artists, scholars, writers, filmmakers, and composers.

A Rich History

How the Pillow became a treasured space for dance.

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