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The School
at Jacob's Pillow

The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a pivotal experience where dancers, choreographers, and dance photographers advance the distinct artistic voice that will distinguish their work in the field. Explore which 2020 program best suits your artistic growth, read about The School experience, and peer inside The School’s beautiful 7,373 square foot, state-of-the-art Perles Family Studio.

2020 Professional Advancement Programs

Contemporary Ballet
Jun 15-28 | Annabelle Lopez Ochoa & Luis R. Torres, Program Directors

Street & Club Dance: Styles, Culture, History
Jun 29-Jul 12 | Ephrat Asherie & Archie Burnett, Program Directors

Jul 13-Aug 2 | Milton Myers & Didy Veldman, Program Directors

Musical Theatre Dance
Aug 3-24 | Jeffrey Page, Program Director and Creative Team of Composer/Music Director & Script Developer

2020 Professional
Development Programs

The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program
Aug 25-Sep 4 | Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg, Program Directors

Art of Photographing Dance
Aug 25-30 | Rose Eichenbaum, Program Director


The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a pivotal professional advancement center for dancers and choreographers to develop a uniquely resonant artistic voice.

In a curriculum made current by one of the most influential international dance networks in the field, guest choreographers create original works on a small ensemble of dancers who perform them weekly for Festival audiences. Dancers attend Festival performances, research in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives, and live and work as artists among the Festival’s international community—a network that dancers will join as School alumni.

The Perles Family Studio magnifies the professional work achievable during each program and builds upon the artistic excellence of dance founder and teacher Ted Shawn. Situated in the heart of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the longest-running dance festival in the U.S., The School has been instrumental to the careers of dance artists for over 80 years and its alumni are defining and shaping the field each and every day.

Apply today, register for a Recruitment Tour Master Class, or plan a visit—classes and rehearsals are open for public observation.

Turning Dancers into Artists

Led by acclaimed artistic directors and choreographers, The School at Jacob’s Pillow transforms dancers into artists. Alumni appear in Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch,” on Broadway, at The Tonys, in film, and in major companies worldwide. During Festival 2018, 41 alumni returned: 7 as artistic directors of companies, 7 as choreographers, and all others as performers and artist faculty.

Meet Our Alumni

An Extraordinary Place To Learn

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