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
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
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
ABOUT THE SCHOOL
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.
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.
An Extraordinary Place To Learn
“Thanks to the rigor and inspiration at Jacob’s Pillow I have summoned the courage to move to New York City… It feels like a family of dancers was waiting there for me.”
Lucille DiCampli Artist Representation
“I’m not only making so many connections with major choreographers and dancers from all over the world, but am leaving the Pillow with a different outlook on being an artist and twenty-three friends that will last a lifetime.”
“I am forever grateful for Jacob’s Pillow’s enriching and supportive environment which has allowed me to discover and explore the artist that I want to become.”
2016 Lorna Strassler Awardee
Learn More about The School
Join our Network
Join our Network
The School at Jacob’s Pillow boasts an extensive and accomplished roster of Alumni who are defining, shaping, and leading the field of dance worldwide. Learn about our alumni and their accomplishments.
Visit The School
Visit The School
The public, group visitors, and School Sponsors are welcome to observe classes and rehearsals in the Perles Family Studio and attend Saturday Inside/Out showings by dancers of The School.