Community Events

At Third Thursday

Jun 21, Jul 18, Aug 15 & Sep 19

Join Jacob’s Pillow in the Dance Zone at every Third Thursday street festival in downtown Pittsfield! Kick off the summer with an All Styles Dance Battle then mark your calendar for the rest of the line up featuring contemporary, Irish step dance, tap, and more.

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A Taste of the Circus

Jun 22

Learn basic tumbling, twirling, and balancing skills in this FREE supportive and fun class with Circa Contemporary Circus.

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Pillow Portraits on Inside/Out

Jun 28 & Aug 9

Get the chance to step foot on the iconic Inside/Out stage and strike a pose in front of the Pillow’s iconic backdrop!

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Free Fun Friday

Jul 5

Enjoy FREE dance games, a free outdoor Inside/Out performance, multi-generational movement and music classes, a special kids’ tour of the Pillow’s historic grounds, and more!

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“They stood shaking, while others began to shout”

Jul 6

Presented in collaboration with Hancock Shaker Village, Award-winning choreographer Reggie Wilson shares an introduction to a new world premiere, POWER. Wilson imagines what Black Shaker worship might have looked like in this special site-based experience performed by Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group.

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Community Ring Shout with Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group

Jul 8

A stimulating, transformative sing-a-long for participants to restore and connect to their rhythmic voices and bodies. The Shout unearths some of the origins, functions, and interconnections through tales and songs from Africa and the African Diaspora (the Caribbean and American South). Learn more about this FREE event!

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Dog Dance

Jul 13

Back by popular demand! Dance Exchange Artists Elizabeth Johnson and Debbie Maciel will lead you and your leashed canine through a series of simple and fun movements designed to highlight the beauty of our pets, and the unique relationships we share with our dogs.

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Industry Week at the Pillow

Jul 17-20

Join us at Inside/Out for our second annual Industry Week! Take advantage of special seating, recognition on stage, and Pillow giveaways. Each evening will be dedicated to local businesses. Stop by to say hello, enjoy a performance, and learn more about how you can partner with the Pillow!

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Pillow Pride

Aug 2-4

Our annual LGBTQIA+ celebration returns, bigger and better than ever! Attend our most popular dance party of the summer, hosted by Tyler Ashley, The Dauphine of Bushwick, and don’t miss out on exclusive historic tours and pop-up performances.

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Pillow Homecoming

Aug 3

Reunite with old colleagues, connect with new people, experience exciting performances, and relive your Pillow Memories. Dance the night away at the Pillow Pride dance party!

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The Land on Which We Dance

Aug 7-11

Indigenous artists Sandra Laronde and Christopher K. Morgan facilitate a landmark gathering of Indigenous dance at Jacob’s Pillow. Check the full schedule of events!

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Pillow Pop-Up: Martha Graham Dance Company at Clark Art

Aug 18

After a week of performances at Jacob’s Pillow, the celebrated Martha Graham Dance Company performs a special site-specific iteration of The EVE Project, a two-year initiative that commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment, at the Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, MA. Mark your calendar!

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