Community Events

Third Thursday: All Styles Dance Battle

May 16

Jacob’s Pillow kicks off the first of Discover Pittsfield’s Third Thursday street festivals with an All Styles Dance Battle. Join us in the Dance Zone!

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Jacob's Pillow Takeover at Methuselah

May 16

Kick off the 2019 Third Thursday season with us, then head to our exclusive Under 35 takeover at Methuselah Bar & Lounge. Mingle with Pillow staff, network with peers, explore our new photo exhibit, and learn about exciting Pillow events and perks for dance fans ages 18-35.

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Community Day

Jun 8

Get ready for Festival 2019 with this pre-Festival, family-friendly afternoon of free dance classes taught by local and regional dance artists; dance-themed children’s activities and tours; and performances on the Inside/Out stage by regional studios and companies!

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Third Thursday: Micaela Taylor's TL Collective

Jun 20

Join us in the Dance Zone at the north end of Pittsfield’s Third Thursday cultural street festival for this family-friendly pop-up performance by TL Collective! The company fuses contemporary dance and theatrical hip-hop with elements of groove and acrobatics, bringing high levels of athleticism to the stage.

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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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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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Third Thursday: Teelin Irish Dance Company

Jul 18

Based in Columbia, Maryland, the Teelin Irish Dance Company has graced stages locally, nationally, and internationally with an innovative style that fuses traditional Irish step dance with contemporary dance. See them perform in this family-friendly pop-up performance in the Dance Zone at the north end of Pittsfield’s Third Thursday cultural street festival!

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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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Third Thursday: Tapped In: Alumni of The School at Jacob's Pillow

Aug 15

Tapped In brings together standout alums from The School at Jacob’s Pillow to downtown Pittsfield for one night only. Tap dancers Demi Remick and Jabu Graybeal will be performing tap solos, with others to be announced!

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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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