The School at Jacob's Pillow

A premier center for pre-professional and professional dancers, The School has trained some of the world’s best dance artists through four distinct programs, led by renowned dance artists.

2016 Professional Advancement Programs

This year, dancers will have life-changing experiences in four programs: Ballet, Contemporary, Improv Traditions & Innovations: From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz, and Musical Theatre Dance.

Interested in dancing at The School?

Learn more about our programs and scholarship availability, meet the esteemed faculty, and read about life at the Pillow, below.

Programs of The School

Festival 2016 features Ballet, Contemporary, Improv Traditions & Innovations, and Musical Theatre Dance led by acclaimed artistic directors and choreographers.

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Pillow Faculty Spotlight

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Anna-Marie Holmes

Ballet Program Director Anna-Marie Holmes is an internationally acclaimed dance luminary, artisti... More

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Improv Traditions & Innovations Program Director Jawole Willa Jo Zollar founded Urban Bush Women ... More

Milton Myers

Contemporary Program Director Milton Myers is resident choreographer and instructor for Philadanc... More

Chet Walker

Musical Theatre Dance Program Director Chet Walker has appeared most prominently in the musicals ... More

Life at the Pillow

Life at the Pillow

Dancers of The School spend six days a week immersed in high-level technique classes and intense rehearsals of classic and original works. They also perform for Festival audiences as part of the Pillow’s Inside/Out Series, and make lasting connections with Festival artists and professional choreographers.

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Hear from our Alumni

Learn more about the accomplishments of our Alumni here.

Observing The School

Festival visitors are invited to observe dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow in classes and rehearsals as they work with world-renowned artist faculty. Seating is limited. If your group is more than 4, please pre-arrange your visit.

Plan your visit to The School

More Ways to Enjoy Dance

Jacob’s Pillow offers dance classes and community programs for all ages and experience levels throughout the Festival season and beyond. Read more of our offerings in and outside of professional advancement at The School.