Morning Classes

Morning Classes will take place Monday through Friday, June 8-August 28, 2020 from 8-9am.

A variety of dance and movement classes are offered each weekday morning in the Pillow’s Ruth St. Denis Studio. Read about Morning Class Artists. Classes are open to participants of all experience levels including beginners, ages 16+.

All participants require a signed liability/media release waiver. Participants younger than 18 require a parent/guardian signature. Please bring a signed liability/media release waiver or come ready to sign during registration.

Festival 2019 Morning Classes


Pilates with Sean P. Gallagher, The New York Pilates Studio®, Director
Bring your own mat or large towel.

About Sean P. Gallagher

20th year teaching at the Pillow: Sean P. Gallagher (B.F.A., P.T., C.P.T., C.F.P., M.S.) is the owner of and master physical therapist at Performing Arts Physical Therapy, as well as a master Pilates teacher and teacher of teachers at his studio in New York City, The New York Pilates Studio®. Read full bio.


Ballet with Ian Spencer Bell

Practice the essential elements of classical dance, mindful of musicality, quality, and clarity and consider ballet’s role in the festival and contemporary dance at large. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome.

About Ian Spencer Bell

Ian Spencer Bell is a dancer, poet, and teacher. He has performed his solo works at Jacob’s Pillow, the Poetry Foundation, and the Queens Museum. For more than a decade throughout the United States, he led education and training programs for American Ballet Theatre. Read full bio.


Modern with Ryoko Kudo (June 3-July 24)

Explore the intricacies of the Limón style of movement based on the principles of the Limón Technique, coordinating breath and weight in terms of falling, rebounding, and suspending. Focusing on different uses of space, time, energy, each class will explore various dynamic ranges to enrich our most honest human expression with clear intention, truth, and musicality.

About Ryoko Kudo

Ryoko Kudo is a dance artist and a passionate teacher of movement. She toured with the Limón Dance Company for over ten years and has danced works by world-renowned choreographers such as Lubovich, Kylian, Linke, Koner, McKayle, multiple works by Limón and Humphrey. Read full bio.

Modern with Adam H. Weinert (July 31-August 21)

Based on Ted Shawn’s Dance Technique circa 1932, this class is designed to prepare the dancing body for physical action and to deepen an awareness of the self in relation to space, sound, and others. The first portion includes a combination of physical conditioning and technical training, and then participants will dive into Ted Shawn repertory.

Participants welcome to dance in socks or barefoot. Please inform the instructor at the start of class if you have any injuries or physical strains.

About Adam H. Weinert

Adam H. Weinert is a performance-based artist born and raised in New York City. He began his training at the School of American Ballet and continued on to Vassar College, The Juilliard School, and New York University, where he earned a Master’s Degree under the tutelage of André Lepecki. Read full bio.


Zumba® with Ilana Siegal, Lifeworks Studio

High-intensity workout disguised as a dance party! This internationally popular fitness program burns calories by combining dance moves from around the world to catchy music. No dance experience necessary, just the desire to sweat while you party the hour away!

About Ilana Siegal

Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Ilana Siegal first came to the Berkshires 20 years ago to study at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Siegal was a certificate student at The Ailey School in New York City and later became a certified Life Coach through Coaching for Transformation. Read full bio.


Hip-Hop with Shakia Johnson (June & August)

Learn old and new school vocabulary of street dance including locking, popping and house, as well as new school choreography. This is an energetic class that will build your stamina and expand your hip hop vocabulary with a warm-up, across the floor progressions, and drills designed to help you master these various styles. You will be encouraged to explore creative expression through this genre, and work collaboratively. Wear clean soled inside sneakers.

About Shakia Johnson

Shakia Johnson, born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Pioneer Valley’s Performing Arts Charter High School in South Hadley, MA and Dean College in Franklin, MA. Johnson received her teaching artist certificate from the National Dance Institute in New York City in 2009. Read full bio.

African Dance with Truth Hunter & Jamemurrell Stanley (July)

In an affirming and community-centered atmosphere, this class will use African dance as an artistic tool to promote health, healing, and well-being. Together we will explore traditional and contemporary dances of the African Diaspora while focusing on cultivating body awareness and strength.

About Truth Hunter

Truth Hunter was born and raised in Oakland, California. She studied West African dance under the tutelage of Marilyn and Sekou Sylla of Bamidele Dancers and Drummers at Mount Holyoke College. In 2007, Hunter created a multimedia African Dance concert to fundraise for refugees impacted by genocide in Darfur. Read full bio.

About Jamemurrell Stanley

Before Jamemurrell Stanley was able to walk or talk, he would lay on his back singing the rhythms that he heard while at drum and dance class with his mother. This was only the beginning. At the age of 14 Stanley traveled to Senegal, West Africa to expand his knowledge of African culture and music. Read full bio.