The School at Jacob’s Pillow is planning Summer 2022 Professional Advancement Programs. Check back regularly for updates. Applications open on November 15.

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,
and make the connections that advance their work in the field.

The School at Jacob’s Pillow wrapped summer Professional Advancement Programs on August 28.
Check back soon for updates about summer 2022. Applications open on November 15. 

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You’re Invited: An Info Session and Master Class
with USC Kaufman and Jacob’s Pillow

Saturday October 9 | 1:00 – 4:30pm Pacific

Imagine a future at USC Kaufman by learning more about the program, participating
in a contemporary masterclass with USC Kaufman/The School at Jacob’s Pillow Alum, Ausia Jones,
and joining in on a panel conversation with The School at Jacob’s Pillow Directors and Pillow/USC alumni.

Designed to prepare the artist, the innovator and the entrepreneur, USC Kaufman’s groundbreaking
BFA in Dance offers rigorous training with the flexibility to design a curriculum in line with your career goals.


Dancer Ausia Jones stands on her left toes, crossing her bent right leg across her body and folding her right arm over her head. Her left arm wraps around her body. The lighting is tinged with dark blue and orange hues.


1:00 – 2:00pm PST
Info Session with USC Kaufman Assistant Dean of Admission
and Student Services Anne Aubert-Santelli

2:00 – 3:30 pm PST
Master Class with USC Kaufman/Pillow alum Ausia Jones

3:30 – 4:30pm PST
Panel with The School at Jacob’s Pillow Directors and Pillow/USC alumni
With special guest artist: USC Kaufman/Jacob’s Pillow alum
and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal dancer Ausia Jones


Come dance with us!

80% of dancers at The School receive Scholarship support. Learn more here.
Want to support The School’s programs and dancers? Learn more here.

The School 2021

Contemporary Ballet | Onsite Jun 14-Jul 4| Online Jun 21-Jul 2
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa & Luis R. Torres, Program Directors

Contemporary | Onsite Jul 5-25 | Online Jul 12-23
Milton Myers & Helen Pickett, Program Directors

Tap Dance | Onsite Jul 26-Aug 15 | Online Aug 2-13
Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant & Dormeshia, Program Directors

The Ann & Weston Hicks
Choreography Fellows Program
| Online | Aug 18-28
Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg, Program Directors



Master Classes | Online
January-February | Program Recruitment


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 for going on 89 years.

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; 48 did so during Festival 2019. 

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 and Master Classes, rehearsals, and career-building discussions and seminars. Studio days conclude with attendance to Festival performances, talks by scholars and artists, improv jams, and time to complete choreographic assignments or research in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. Performing weekly to share the work created, places dancers before peers, School supporters, company artistic directors and a worldwide streamed audience. 

Learn more about The School Experience, Master Classes, or 2021 Deadlines.

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