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The Perles Family Studio – Home of The School at Jacob's Pillow
Your career-advancing summer
The School at Jacob’s Pillow is where dancers and choreographers define and strengthen their distinct artistic voices,
while making the connections that advance their work in the field.
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2022 Programs | At the Pillow
Contemporary Ballet | June 13–26
Program Directors Annabelle Lopez Ochoa & Luis R. Torres
Contemporary | June 27 – July 17
Program Director Milton Myers
Musical Theatre | July 18 – August 7
Creative Team led by Choreographer/Director Jeffrey Page
Dance Theatre: Afro-Latin Immersion | August 8–21
Creative Team led by Choreographer/Director Maria Torres
The Ann & Weston Hicks
Choreography Fellows Program | August 24 – September 3
Program Directors Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg
2022 Programs | In Person at Other Venues & Virtual
Master Class Series and Intensives
Led by Program Directors and School Alumni
Apply by January 14 to receive a free Master Class.
Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship Awards are available to make your participation possible;
apply within the Program Application.
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a pivotal experience for performers and choreographers to define their distinct artistic voices and form the career-building connections that can best distinguish and advance their work in the field.
Situated in the heart of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the longest-running dance festival in the United States, The School has been instrumental in shaping the careers of dance artists throughout its 90 year history.
The School addresses the most current needs of today’s dancers and connects them to an extensive roster of renowned choreographers, artistic directors, educators, performers, dance leaders, and change agents. School Alumni are an influential international network shaping, defining, and leading the field today. Each year they return as artistic directors, choreographers, performers, artist faculty, and community project leaders; 42 did so during Festival 2021.
At the Pillow, you are charged to work and live as a dance artist, individually and collectively. The studio day focuses on the development of new work by esteemed choreographers who also provide in-depth coaching and mentoring. To support this work, artist faculty lead technique classes, coaching sessions, and career-building discussions and seminars. Festival artists lead Master Classes and lunchtime career-path talks. Studio days conclude with attendance at Festival performances, scholar-led talks, improv jams, extra rehearsals, or spending time to complete choreographic assignments or research in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. Your weekly performances share the works created on you by esteemed choreographers and place you beforecompany artistic directors, School supporters, Festival audiences, and a worldwide streamed audience.
An Extraordinary Place To Learn
“My time at the Pillow has been one of the best experiences I’ve had in my entire life. This experience has stretched me physically and artistically, giving me so much knowledge and memories to last a lifetime. The training is impeccable and the artist faculty are very passionate about helping young professionals like myself.”
2021 Contemporary Ballet Program
“We are offered a truly unique opportunity here to do what every professional dancer wants to be able to do, which is live dance every moment of the day.”
2019 Flamenco & Spanish Dance Program
“On my first day this year I wrote in my journal that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to dance anymore. That is how out of touch I felt with dance and myself when I arrived on the mountain. Throughout my time there this year, I rediscovered that our lives as dancers are always a process, never a finished product. Getting a job does not equate to success or failure, but actually our job as dancers is to keep going.”
2018 Musical Theatre Dance Program
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Dancers from The School go on to define, shape, and lead the field of dance worldwide. They are Dance Magazine‘s “25 To Watch,” on Broadway, at The Tonys, in film, and in major companies worldwide.
The School on Stage
The School on Stage
Mark your calendar to join us in person, or online, for The School’s presentations this summer. Saturdays at 1 pm Eastern on July 2, July 9, July 29, July 30, and August 13 in the Perles Family Studio with limited seating. Saturdays at 6pm Eastern on June 25, July 16, August 6 and August 20 on the outdoor stage.