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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 Today

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.


Clicking APPLY NOW takes you to the Acceptd website, our application portal.


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. 

Learn more about The School Experience, Master Class Series and Intensives, or 2022 Application Details & Deadlines.

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