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The School at Jacob’s Pillow wrapped summer Professional Advancement Programs on August 28. Check back soon for updates about summer 2022. Applications open on November 15. 

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The Ann & Weston Hicks
Choreography Fellows Program | Online August 18-28

Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg, Program Directors
Read about the Artist Faculty

For eight choreographers who have been creating professional work for a minimum of two years. Choreographers from varied traditions, who work in the United States and internationally, and consider themselves early to mid-career choreographers, with or without academic training, are welcomed to apply. Selected Fellows are generally 23-26 years of age, though those who more recently began choreographing, will be considered.

Led by long-time transformative dance artists and mentors, Dianne McIntyre and Risa Steinberg, the program is fully process-oriented, with no expectations of an end-product or public showing. Each day features extensive studio time for Fellows to advance their choreographic ideas through research and experimentation. Fellows invite one dancer to join them for the program.

Discussions, assignments, and individual feedback sessions further guide Fellows in crafting and evolving choreography. Guest choreographers, dance presenters, curators, and other professionals in the field will meet and speak with the Fellows to further share insights and career advice. Festival streamed experiences and access to selected materials from the Jacob’s Pillow Archives are integral to the program.

When the online program concludes, a one-on-one mentoring opportunity commences. Fellows select an artist of their choice—choreographer, Pillow Lab artist, or other dance-related professional in the field—to provide up to 10 hours of audio/video dialogue and feedback time.

Truly immersive, the program strengthens artistic points of view and provides an influential career network important for choreographers.

“I believe this is just the program to help examine what you need to say and how you can best communicate your ideas through the body to other bodies. I came into this program with an idea of myself and my work…and on the first day I lost that. And what I found was more valuable. I found myself within a bigger context and history of artists and voices that came before me. I came out with clarity and many questions to continue exploring.”
—Hicks Choreography Fellow 2020

“It gave me an overall understanding of the various elements I need to consider in my choreographic process. I had the time and space to really investigate my own authentic voice.”
—Hicks Choreography Fellow 2019


Open the sections below for complete information on applying to the 2021 Choreography Fellows program.


Program Tuition Fee | Underwritten

Hicks Fellows are not charged tuition as program costs are underwritten by the program sponsors’ endowment. A modest honorarium to help Fellows and dancers fully participate is provided; details will be described in the acceptance package.

2021 Application Deadlines & Notifications

Participation Requirements & Policies
Jan 25 at Noon EST | Early Deadline | $30 processing fee
Extended: March 1 at Noon EST | Deadline | $35 processing fee
March 1 at 12:01 EST and onwards | Happy to consider if opening available | $45 processing fee

Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis by Program Directors and School staff. Admittance status emails are also sent on a rolling basis.


You are welcome to join us for a Ballet, Contemporary, or Tap Master Class.

  • Be prepared to upload materials into the application form when asked.
  • Clicking APPLY NOW takes you to the Acceptd website, our application portal. We highly recommend you review the Application Guidelines located there in order to submit a complete and competitive application.
  • Review your work carefully before submitting, as only complete applications are considered for acceptance.
  • If you need any assistance, contact School Programs Coordinator Fiona Scruggs: [email protected] or 413.243.9919 x. 168.


Required Program Application Materials to Upload


1. Audition Video

Footage must be of clear viewing quality and preferably shot within six months, or as recent as possible, prior to submission. Videos shot outside of a studio, perhaps in a home, garage, or other setting are fine. Media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional type videos are not reviewed. Adjudicators prefer one concise video with a table of contents; multiple videos will be viewed if contents are properly identified. Use one of the following file types to successfully upload your video(s): MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, MKV, and WEBM.

  • Verbal self-introduction, 2 minutes maximum
    • Introduce yourself
    • Share: your current choreographic interests, your choreographic strong points and deficits, how you envision this program impacting your choreographic work, the choreographic projects you envision for yourself in the near future, and whose work interests you today, in dance and in one other art form.
  • Work Sample no. 1
    • This work should be the best example of your current work
    • Share the complete work, no excerpts
    • Provide title, credits, when and where performed
    • The footage can be from a studio, performance, site-specific, zoom, or other venue shoot.
  • Work Sample no. 2
    • This work should be no more than three years old
    • Share the complete work, no excerpts
    • Provide title, credits, when and where performed
    • The footage can be from a studio, performance, site-specific, zoom, or other venue shoot.
  • Work Sample no. 3 is optional
    • A complete work, or an excerpt, of your choice
    • Not to exceed 10 minutes in length


2. Written Statement of Proposed Artistic Inquiry
In 200 words or less, please share:

  • The proposed creative/artistic inquiry you wish to explore during the program. Focus on the choreographic idea(s) to be explored; it is not necessary to have such details as music/composer, length of work, number of dancers, costuming, and other production elements outlined at this point.
  • Finish this statement: “This summer, in thinking about what I know how to do and what I haven’t yet had the opportunity to explore in my life as a choreographer, I’d like to…”


3. Headshot


4. Résumé/C.V.


5. Support Material

  • Selected samples of programs, reviews, and/or articles about your work combined into one PDF document. 


APPLY NOWClicking APPLY NOW takes you to the Acceptd website, our application portal.