Workshops with Festival Artists

At Pillow Grounds: Jun 26 - Aug 28

Event Dates

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Workshops with Festival Artists offer unique experiences for movers to explore repertory, genres, and techniques from leading dance artists.

Workshops will be held on Sundays, June 26 through August 28, 10-11:30am.

$20/class or $15/class for dance educators with I.D.
For All Ages Workshops, $10/adult and free for participants 12 and younger.
All Ages workshops are designed for all bodies, abilities, and families of any form.

Schedule of 2022 Workshops


Nélida Tirado
Sun., June 26, 10-11:30am
Open to all experience levels, ages 12+
Explore the music and dance form of flamenco from Andalucia, Spain with artist Nélida Tirado. This workshop will focus on traditional basic flamenco movement such as marcajes, floreo, percussive footwork, and rhythm, incorporating and coordinating them all into a fun dance sequence. Please wear comfortable clothing to move in and bring a pair of hard soled/closed toe shoes with a sturdy low heel for sound, as well as your own water bottle.

Sun., July 3, 10-11:30am
Open to all experience levels, ages 16+
Join LaTasha Barnes and Michael Jagger to learn the basics of Lindy Hop. Born in Harlem’s African-American communities in the 1930s, the Lindy Hop is a timeless and popular form of partnered jazz dance danced all over the world. Explore the basic steps, aesthetic values, and technical elements in preparation for the social dance floor. No partner necessary. Wear comfortable, supportive shoes.

New England Soul Line Dance Network
Sun., July 10, 10-11:30am
Open to all ages. Family-friendly. No experience needed.
The New England Soul Line Dance Network believes Soul Line Dancing is empowering, evolving, and inspiring. (It is also performed with social distance!) With a mission to uplift the community by sharing the love of line dancing across the Greater Boston and New England area, the network hosts regular workshops, classes, and socials. This is the Pillow’s second Soul Line Dance Party, led this year by LaTondra Finley-Jones and Lenore Winstonand, and is designed for every body and every dance ability and is a fun way to connect and groove to R&B and hip-hop music. Please wear comfortable clothing to move in as well as shoes, sneakers, or dance shoes, and be sure to bring your water bottle!

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
Sun., July 17, 10-11:30am
Open to intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+
Dance with Logan Hernandez of A.I.M. and explore material that emphasizes four of the company’s core movement values: exploration, musicality, abandonment, and intuition. Warm up with a sequence that focuses on the fluidity of the spine, articulation, and core body strengthening and then build up to challenging, creative and invigorating phrase work. Participants will experience a personalized postmodern movement vocabulary full of intricate gestures and signature A.I.M moves. Please wear comfortable dance clothing and prepare to move barefoot/in socks. Knee pads recommended but not required.

Music From The Sole
Sun., July 24, 10-11:30am
Open to ages 5+. Family-friendly. No experience needed.
Music From The Sole Artistic Directors Leonardo Sandoval and Gregory Richardson lead a body percussion workshop, digging into the unique convergence of movement and music that makes tap dance such an exciting art form. They will draw from the Afro-Brazilian and African-American influences that inspire Music From The Sole’s work, ranging from jazz to samba and house. No tap shoes or previous experience needed!

Black Grace
Sun., July 31, 10-11:30am
Open to intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+
Founding Artistic Director Neil Ieremia, ONZM, will share his own specific movement language and technique fusing aspects of his Pacific cultural heritage and western dance during this workshop. Please wear comfortable clothing to move in and bring your own water bottle.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Sun., Aug. 7, 10-11:30am
Open to intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 12+
Join LINES company dancer Alvaro Montelongo as we experience the movement philosophy of LINES Ballet through its repertory and other explorative exercises. Bring any attire you feel comfortable moving in and come open to be filled with ideas and joy!

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Sun., Aug. 14, 10-11:30am
Open to intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+
Join Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, for a ballet barre followed by an intermediate level modern dance center exploring movement vocabulary and sequences of the Lester Horton Technique. We will also explore Hubbard Street Dance Chicago repertory. Get ready to have a great time moving your body!

Beat Ya Feet Dance Movement Workshop
Sun., Aug. 21, 10-11:30am
Open to all ages. Family-friendly. No experience needed.
Experience the history, music (Go-Go music), and style of Beat Ya Feet with Washington D.C.’s Beat Ya Feet Academy. This rhythmic, footwork-focused workshop is designed for all ages and experience levels. Discover how this style engages, educates, and empowers through the percussive beat of go-go music, culture, and call and response elements.

Yue Yin
Sun., Aug. 28, 10-11:30am
Open to intermediate/advanced dancers, ages 16+
FoCo Technique™ is an original contemporary dance technique developed by Yue Yin inspired by traditional Chinese dance, folk forms, ballet, and contemporary movement. The 90 minute class uses 3 progressive and interconnected training segments: Activating, Rooting, and Mapping to guide dancers to experience the active integration of traditional and contemporary movement and explore the mind and body connection. The technique training is followed by a creative process where a short choreography will be created, taught, and rehearsed.

2022 Waitlist Policy
If a class is unavailable, we encourage you to continue checking our website for released tickets and call the Community Engagement department at 413.243.9919 x166. If you purchase a ticket and cannot attend the workshop, please contact the Box Office as soon as possible to allow for spots to be released. If you require a refund due to illness or cancellation of a workshop, please contact the Box Office prior to your workshop start time so we may accommodate you with a refund, including all fees. We thank you in advance for being courteous to those around you and keeping our campus safe.

Can’t make it? If you are unable to attend or reschedule your tickets for any reason, please consider donating the value of your ticket order and call our Box Office at 413.243.0745 in advance of the event. Your donation supports the mission of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and our future programming. You’re also providing access to other audience members, including members of the community, students, interns, and artists.

2022 Refund Policy
Due to COVID-19, Jacob’s Pillow has instituted more flexible refund and exchange policies for 2022. Please visit the Box Office Policies page to learn more.