Jacob’s Pillow
Curriculum in Motion® Institute

A Dance-Makers’ Learning Circle in Curriculum in Motion

Engage in a year-long hybrid institute with a network of fellow choreographers facilitated by core artist faculty: Celeste Miller (Institute Director), Kimberli Boyd, and Michael Richter.

The Institute is a training program in the Curriculum in Motion® method: a co-creative workshop/residency model applying choreographers’ methods to the curriculum, question, issue or theme of a community partner. We use body-based practices to work with the Curriculum in Motion® pedagogy for integration between our art, values and place in the world. With its roots in almost 30 years of application with community partners, Curriculum in Motion® artists have partnered with K-12 schools, museums, after-school programs, non-profits, medical groups, businesses and civic planners.

Curriculum in Motion® asks: How can artists, their community partners, and participants build reciprocal relationships with participatory dance-making rooted in the unique choreographic methods of the choreographer?


The Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® Institute 2022-2023:
A One Year Intensive

This intimately curated experience includes:

  • Three to five online synchronous weekend learning modules 
  • Up to two in-person modules at Jacob’s Pillow
  • Five online synchronous clinics
  • Creative assignments for ideation and self-reflection
  • One-on-one faculty mentoring 
  • Peer-to-peer co-mentoring 
  • Opportunities for creative exchanges 
  • Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have a/an:

About Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®

Watch this five minute video of Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists sharing about Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® program.

Click here to get to know the Curriculum in Motion® Institute Artist Faculty.

Curriculum in Motion®, founded in 1993 by Celeste Miller and “J.R.” Glover, is an artist-driven methodology that applies the creative practices of our discipline toward building a more just and humane world. 

Curriculum in Motion® embraces dance as an accessible, complex system of physical, mental, emotional, creative, and spiritual processes rooted in body-based intelligence. Dance for Every Body is at the heart of Curriculum in Motion®.

In the Institute, we use multiple learning modes. Dancing, improvising, choreographing, journaling, art-making, reading, observing, discussing, collaboration, peer to peer co-mentoring, and self-reflection comprise the curated experience. Limited participant enrollment affords the opportunity for an intimate and individualized experience that values the unique voices and perspectives of all participants.

Modules: Each of the five interactive modules focuses on a particular aspect of Curriculum in Motion®. Cohort participants actively design, lead and receive feedback on co-creative dance-making with prompts supplied by the faculty. Modules are for two days, four hours each day, held on five weekends throughout the year. We value “no one knows everything, together we know a lot.”

Clinics: Clinics are 90-minute lecture/Q&A formats for detailed dives into particular principles, practices or techniques of Curriculum in Motion®. Clinic topics respond to the particular needs, interests and curiosities of the cohort participants. (Online)

Coffee Klatch: Every first Saturday of the month drop in at 12PM Eastern. Open for conversation, dancing, and space for experimentation with creative possibilities. Attendance is not required, but highly recommended. This is driven by the participants in the cohort, not by faculty.

Assignments: During the course of the Institute, there are self-reflective and creative assignments that apply the Curriculum in Motion® principles to your work. You will be asked to upload your completed assignments to a Virtual Folder to share with the cohort and faculty for mutual learning. The formats range from reflective writing to short videos.

Faculty one-on-one sessions: Individual sessions with faculty can be set up throughout the Institute year. In these sessions, you have the opportunity for individual coaching and feedback as you develop your understanding of Curriculum in Motion® methodology.

Module 1: Meet Curriculum in Motion® 

Friday: 7-9PM Eastern: Meet your cohort, a series of interactive activities to get to know one another

Saturday: 12-4PM Eastern: CIM Participants will have a shared learning experience, shared vocabulary and concepts, and shared stories to foster continued learning throughout the Institute.

Sunday: Meet the Curriculum in Motion® Method

  • Deep dive into the conceptual framework of Curriculum in Motion® through embodied practice and application
  • Analysis of your choreographic motivation for the development of co-creative practices x
  • Introduction to Dancing Dialogic Research (DDR) methodology for peer to peer co-mentoring

Module 2: Focusing Your Choreographic Voice in Curriculum in Motion® method

  • Why do I dance?
  • What do I know because I dance?
  • What about “what I know because I dance” do I want to share with others?
  • How can co-creative processes with people outside of the dance world teach me about my artistic curiosities?

Your choreographic processes and methods are the foundation of how to build co-creative workshops with partner organizations. We deepen connectivity between choreographic, teaching, and partnership practices as a cyclic feed of influence. In Module 2, we continue with the in-depth analysis/application of our personal choreographic processes:

  • Learning the CIM Generative Process Feedback method for purposeful professional development
  • Unpacking those processes into teachable units accessible for Every Body
  • Identifying meta-research questions as an ongoing process for continued professional development
  • Strengthening our choreographic practices alongside our teaching and partnership building practices 
  • Building self-reflection and peer feedback into our practices
  • Further exposure to Dancing Dialogic Research (DDR)

Module 3: Co-creation with Community Partners

  • Listening for your partner’s explicit and implicit curriculum
  • Finding movement metaphors in a curriculum
  • Developing those movement metaphors for EVERY BODY dance experiences

In Module 3, we enter into aligning what drives you as an artist and educator to find how, why, and where your drive intersects with your values, ethics, and beliefs.

  • What are your values, ethics, and beliefs and how are they represented in your art-making, teaching, and community practices? 
  • What is at stake for you, your partners, and your communities? 
  • How do you apply Inclusive Pedagogy to your rehearsal process, teaching, and community engagement?  
  • What are the reasons why dance, in particular, is uniquely suitable for supporting your value system and the goals of your community partner organization?

Module 4: Co-Creative Dance Making

In Module 4, we dig further into the specific practices of our engagement with the community partner, the participants in our workshops, classes, and rehearsals through an Inclusive Pedagogy lens.

  • Adapting an activity into a dance-making experience where your participants become Artist Learners, and you step back.
  • Teaching/sharing our choreographic processes so our participants can apply and develop further, teaching us more about our processes, in a reciprocal cycle of engagement.
  • Writing an Artist Statement as a playful experience.
    • Can composing an artist/teaching statement provide a way to explore, play and present our work with clarity, confidence, and professional credibility to our partners?

Module 5: Telling our Story – Bringing it Home 

In Module 5, we work with how we can best “tell our story” to a variety of audiences and stakeholders:

  • Documentation and Assessment as a generative practice
  • From draft to presentation! The journey of your Institute experience captured for public presentation (optional) – whether the presentation of a completed project, a project in progress, or in blueprint stages
    • Curriculum in Motion® Presentations may be publicly presented during the Festival, including broadcast; or limited to cohort only.
  • Further grounding our peer-to-peer co-mentoring networks
  • We close with a graduation ceremony celebration
(dates are subject to change)

Module 1: October 14-16, 2022

  • Welcome Gathering: Friday 7-8:30PM Eastern
  • Synchronous sessions: Saturday and Sunday 12-4PM Eastern
    • Saturday Undoing Racism Lab with Keryl McCord, Equity Quotient
    • Sunday Meet the Curriculum in Motion Method
  • Release of Module 1 training videos

Between Module 1 and Module 2:

  • Clinics Friday November 11 and Friday December 9; 6:30-8PM Eastern
  • Schedule One-on-One mentoring session with faculty
  • Schedule at least two peer-to-peer co-mentoring sessions
  • First round of assignments submitted. Formats include: video, sound, or written.
  • Coffee Klatch: A first Saturday of the month drop-in at 12PM Eastern. Open for conversation, dancing, and space for experimentation with creative possibilities for the technology.

Module 2: January 14-15, 2023

  • Synchronous sessions: Saturday and Sunday 12-4PM Eastern
  • Release of Module 2 training videos

Between Module 2 and Module 3:

  • Clinic February 10 6:30-8PM
  • Schedule One-on-One mentoring session with faculty
  • Schedule at least two Peer-to-Peer co-mentoring sessions
  • First round of assignments submitted. Formats include: video, sound, or written.
  • Coffee Klatch: A first Saturday of the month drop-in at 12PM Eastern. Open for conversation, dancing, and space for experimentation with creative possibilities for the technology.

Module 3: April 1-2, 2023

  • Synchronous sessions: Saturday and Sunday 12-4PM Eastern
  • Release of Module 3 training videos

Between Module 3 and Module 4:

  • Clinic April 14 6:30-8pm Eastern
  • Schedule One-on-One mentoring session with faculty
  • Schedule at least two Peer-to-Peer co-mentoring sessions
  • First round of assignments submitted. Formats include: video, sound, or written.
  • Q&A Webinar with Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists. 2 hours. Date to be determined.

Module 4: May 6-7, 2023

  • Synchronous session: Saturday and Sunday 12-4PM Eastern
  • Release of Module 4 training videos

Between Module 4 and Module 5:

  • Clinic June 16 6:30-8PM Eastern
  • Schedule One-on-One mentoring session with faculty
  • Schedule at least two Peer-to-Peer co-mentoring sessions
  • First round of assignments submitted. Formats include: video, sound, or written.
  • Coffee Klatch: A first Saturday of the month drop in at 12PM Eastern. Open for conversation, dancing, and space for experimentation with creative possibilities for the technology.
  • Q&A Webinar with Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists. 2 hours. Date to be determined.

Module 5: July 21-25, 2023 at Jacob’s Pillow (Health and Safety restrictions permitting) OR July 23-24, 2023 12-4pm virtually, in synchronous sessions. 

  • Module 5 Sessions July 22-23
  • July 24-25 Public Presentations of Curriculum in Motion Field Work Presentations
  • If on-site at the Pillow, additional costs will be incurred; participants will be responsible for their travel and housing.

Additional fees apply | Health and Safety Guidelines contingent

Shadowing:

You may apply to shadow artists working at a Curriculum in Motion® site to observe residencies in action. These include residencies at Monument Mountain Regional High School where dance is used as the mode for learning academic subjects; and Medicine in Motion residencies with our partners Berkshire Health Systems and Volunteers in Medicine. As a shadow, you observe and listen with the Curriculum in Motion® artists as they plan, design, and lead activities. (Please note: this is not a mentoring experience).

Invitation to attend the Curriculum in Motion® Artist Gathering (additional costs may apply)

2022 Dates to be determined

The convening of Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists from the twenty-five year plus span of the program. The focus of the Gathering is the intersection of Medicine in Motion, with the health and wellness projects of Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists. 

Invitation to apply for Curriculum in Motion® Artist Roster listing

Upon completion of the Institute, you may apply to be listed on the Jacob’s Pillow website as a certified Curriculum in Motion® Artist. This competitive roster certifies excellent completion of the Institute. Acceptance to the roster is contingent on separate application.