College Partnership Program

Join and shape the next generation of dance professionals

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance College Partnership Program exists regionally, nationally, and internationally to elevate dance as a means of research, discourse, and artistic expression for faculty, artists, scholars, and students working within higher education.

College students and educators are invited to use the Pillow’s resources year-round. Partners of the College Partnership Program engage in the artistic process by attending In Process Series showings and find support for their academic research in the Archives. The Pillow’s annual convening promotes dialogue with partnering institutions to develop programs that will enhance curriculum and support faculty as educators and artists.

In partnership, this program:

  • supports academic research, curriculum development, dance-making, and dance pedagogy by promoting year-round engagement with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Archives and on-site programs for faculty, scholars, and students;
  • builds professional networks and strengthens the professional pipelines for diverse scholarship, pedagogy, performance, and choreography;
  • acts as a catalyst for discussion and action, convening partners on critical issues in the field;
  • engages the next generation in the field’s collective history and current professional landscape.

Current College Partners include:

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Bard College at Simon’s Rock | Bennington CollegeBoston Conservatory at Berklee Contemporary Dance Program | Dartmouth CollegeHampshire CollegeThe Hartt School, University of Hartford  | The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College | Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts | Middlebury College Dance Program | Springfield College Dance ProgramUniversity of Massachusetts Dance Program | Williams College Dance Department

Partnership Benefits

  • Attend Pillow Lab Showings. Events include work-in-progress showing, Q&A with artists, and reception.
  • Curated Day at the Pillow Visits tailored to your academic interests, including historic tour and introductory session to the Pillow Archives.
  • Attend the annual College Partnership Program Convening at Jacob’s Pillow. Discuss critical issues in the field, network, and participate in a professional development session.
  • Priority assistance for research and access to the Pillow Archives and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive.
  • Priority notification of Jacob’s Pillow Intern Program opportunities and application deadlines.
  • Student applicants enrolled in member institutions receive priority consideration for the Fall/Winter/Spring Internship Program.
  • Jacob’s Pillow College Partnership Program endorsement listing on institutional or individual member website.*
  • Visibility on Jacob’s Pillow website with a link to your institution’s website.

Institutional Partnership

postmarked on or before September 30
  • Any dance group, program, or department within an institution of higher education (defined as two year and four year institutions) is eligible for partnership.
  • Benefits extended to all continuing employees of the organization.
  • Institutional members must designate an individual to act as Liaison to serve as point of contact for Jacob’s Pillow.
  • $275 after September 30

Individual Partnership

postmarked on or before September 30
  • Individual must have current or former academic affiliation with higher education.
  • Individual partnership is non-transferable to colleagues or department.
  • $75 after September 30


*Note that Institutions where Individual partners are employed cannot advertise Jacob’s Pillow College Partnership Program endorsement on website.