The 2021-2022 Curriculum in Motion® Institute is continuing to accept applications on a rolling basis. The application is FREE. Apply today!

Jacob’s Pillow
Curriculum in Motion® Institute

A  Dance-Makers’ Think Tank

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

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS: How does our work as dance-makers position us as essential artistic, civic, and community partners in a COVID-19 world and beyond? How might we use this historic moment to engage ourselves in understanding what it means to be essential?

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 our place in the world. With its roots in over 25 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.


The Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® Institute 2021-2022:
A One Year Intensive

This intimately curated experience includes:

  • Five online synchronous weekend learning modules 
  • 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:

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 in an interactive online environment with our peers. Dancing, improvising, choreographing, journaling, art-making, reading, observing, discussing, 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. 

 

Assignments: During the course of the Institute, there are 4-5 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. 

 

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. Attendance is not required, but highly recommended. This is driven by the cohort, not by faculty. You will receive a Zoom invitation for the Coffee Klatches. 

 

Thematic Salons: Conversations with Artist Faculty in response to needs/wants of the cohort. Attendance is not required, but highly recommended. You will receive a Zoom invitation for the Thematic Salons. 1 hour. Dates to be determined.

Module 1: Curriculum in Motion® Core Principles 

  • Deep dive into the conceptual framework of Curriculum in Motion® through embodied practice and application
  • Analysis of your choreographic processes for the development of a personal and unique toolbox
  • Introduction to Dancing Dialogic Research (DDR) methodology

Module 2: Focusing Your Choreographic Voice 

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:

  • 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 training in Dancing Dialogic Research (DDR)

Module 3: The Intersection of Motivation, Values, and Meaning

In Module 3 we enter into aligning what drives you as an artist and as an 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: Tentacular Networking: Building Meaningful, Intentional and Sustainable Partnerships

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.

  • What is a blueprint for building meaningful, intentional, and sustainable partnerships?
  • How do we develop meaningful individualized modes for documentation and assessment?
  • How do we best “tell our story” to a variety of audiences and stakeholders?

In Module 4 we also work on:

  • Composing an artist/teaching statement to provide a way to present our work with clarity, confidence, and professional credibility to our partners
  • Grounding our peer-to-peer co-mentoring networks

Module 5: Telling our Story – Presentations and Celebration

In Module 5:

  • From draft to presentation! The journey of your Institute experience captured for public presentation – whether the presentation of a completed project, a project in progress, or in blueprint stages
  • Curriculum in Motion® Presentations are publicly presented during the Festival, including broadcast
  • We co-design and lead a welcome session for the incoming Curriculum in Motion® Institute cohort
  • We close with a graduation ceremony celebration
(dates are subject to change)

Pre-module Meetings: Sun, Aug 8, 2 hours, TIME TBD virtual event and cohort gathering


Module 1: September 25-26, 2021

  • Synchronous sessions: Saturday and Sunday 12-4PM Eastern
  • Release of Module 1 training videos

Between Module 1 and Module 2:

  • 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.
    • October 2

Module 2: October 23-24, 2021

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

Between Module 2 and Module 3:

  • 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.
    • November 6
    • December 4
    • January 8 

Module 3: January 15-16, 2022

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

Between Module 3 and Module 4:

  • 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.
    • February 5
    • March 5
    • Q&A Webinar with Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists. 2 hours. Date to be determined.

Module 4: April 2-3, 2022

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

Between Module 4 and Module 5:

  • 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.
    • May 7
    • June 4
    • July 2
  • Q&A Webinar with Curriculum in Motion® Founding Artists. 2 hours. Date to be determined.

Module 5: July 23-26, 2022 at Jacob’s Pillow (Health and Safety restrictions permitting) OR July 23-24, 2022 12-4pm virtually, in synchronous sessions. 

  • July 25-26  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.