Chance to Dance
viewers’ choice contest

Chance to Dance viewers’ choice contest voting is NOW OPEN to the public on PillowTV, the Jacob’s Pillow YouTube channel. Voting closes March 24. Read about the semi-finalists below.

Jacob’s Pillow invited dance artists across all genres to participate in the third annual Chance to Dance viewers’ choice contest! This crowd-sourced online competition lets dance fans around the world decide who gets an opportunity to compete at America’s longest-running dance festival. This year, three finalists will be selected to compete on Saturday, August 17, 2019. These finalists will be voted on by a LIVE audience and one will be named the official 2019 Chance to Dance viewers’ choice contest winner.


  • March 18 | Semi-finalists announced & online voting opens to the public on PillowTV
  • March 24 at 11:59PM EST | Online voting closes
  • March 25 | Three finalists announced
  • August 17 | Inside/Out performance & LIVE contest

Learn more about the Inside/Out Performance Series and read about 2018 winner IndianRaga.

The contest press release can be read here.

2019 Chance to Dance viewers' choice contest semi-finalists

Erv Works Dance (William Ervin) is a native of Franklin, New Jersey and earned his B.F.A. in Dance from Montclair State University (MSU) in 2017. He trained in hip-hop, Vogue, House, ballet, and modern. At MSU Ervin performed works by Camille A. Brown, José Limón, Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, and Earl Mosley. He’s performed at Alexander Kasser Theatre, the Joyce Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music with the Hearts of Men ensemble. He has presented his own choreography at Dumbo Dance Festival, Brooklyn Ballet, Equilibrium Choreographer showcase, and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He is currently working towards an M.F.A. in Dance at the University of Illinois.

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Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company (JS!SDTC) was conceived in 2010 by Directors Kyle “JustSole” Clark and Dinita “Queen Dinita” Clark. As a company, JS!SDTC uses street dance and theatrical principles as their mediums to inspire, empower, and share wisdom as well as their life stories. The company is comprised of local dancers from the Philadelphia Dance Community that Kyle and Dinita were inspired to give back to. Since bonding as a group, JS!SDTC has performed all over the city of Philadelphia and for companies such as Philadanco!, Koresh, and many more. JS!SDTC is on the rise and looking forward to sharing their gift of dance with the world.

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Mapeish consists of Madeleine Mansson & Peder Nilsson, both Swedish dancers at Skånes Dansteater in Malmö, Sweden. The two met at Skånes Dansteater in 2015 dancing in a piece called CME, choreographed by Caroline Bowditch and Melody Putu. In 2016, they had the opportunity to further develop the work that started in CME. This continuation developed into the piece Dare To Wreck in close collaboration with Danish composer Gert Østergaard Pedersen. Dare To Wreck was produced by Skånes Dansteater and premiered in Malmö in January 2017. From here Mansson and Nilsson share their adventures on Instagram under the name Mapeish.

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MN Dance Company, led by Artistic Directors Michal Rynia and Nastja Bremec Rynia, was founded in 2008. The MN Dance Company is playing a vital role in the popularization of dance among all generations. Their performances and workshops are moving the borders of various dance styles. They are trendsetters who inspire a lot of dancers all over the globe. Michal and Nastja, both graduates of CODARTS–Rotterdam Dance Academy, are creating their own recognizable dance style and body language. Their training methods are based on new ways of body movement and expression. Influenced by their backgrounds they create pure, powerful, and expressive dance.

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Soleful Dance Company is a Vancouver, Canada-based tap dance company, under the direction of choreographer Alexandra Clancy. Blending the intention and movement of contemporary dance with the musicality and tradition of tap dance, their main purpose is to allow audiences to listen, watch, and feel. Their goal is to express themselves through storytelling and connect through human nature.

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Xing Dance Theater (XDT) is located in Baltimore, Maryland. By combining Chinese and Modern dance, XDT connects audiences to the rich and many Chinese cultures. XDT actively researches Chinese dance and provides educational opportunities to engage in Chinese-American and non-Chinese-American populations. Since its founding in 2016, XDT has been invited and selected to perform at the NextNow Festival, Maryland Campaign, 2018 Peabody Spring Dance Showcase, 2018 Global Perspectives Festival Washington DC, 2018 Maryland Dance Festival, and more.

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Take a look at this year's Chance to Dance viewers' choice contest semi-finalists.