A Note About Summer 2020

Fostering the unique artist voices of future dance artists is the most meaningful work we do. Despite not being able to gather within the Jacob’s Pillow studios, small groups of dancers will convene online this summer for the Contemporary Ballet, Street & Club Dances, Contemporary, and The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows programs. Each program features being creatively engaged in multiple choreographic processes, mining the physicality possible within each dancer’s available spatial environment, and evolving the vision of what it means to be a dance artist in the altered cultural landscape ahead.


2020 Professional Advancement Programs

Contemporary Ballet
Jun 15-26 | Annabelle Lopez Ochoa & Luis R. Torres, Program Directors

Street & Club Dances: Styles, Culture, History
Jun 29-Jul 10 | Ephrat Asherie & Archie Burnett, Program Directors

Jul 13-31 | Milton Myers & Didy Veldman, Program Directors

Musical Theatre Dance
cancelled for 2020
Aug 3-24 | Jeffrey L. Page, Program Director & Creative Team of a Composer/Music Director and Script Developer

2020 Professional
Development Programs

The Ann & Weston Hicks
Choreography Fellows Program

Aug 25-Sep 1 | Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg, Program Directors

Art of Photographing Dance
cancelled for 2020
Aug 25-30 | Rose Eichenbaum, Program Director


The School at Jacob’s Pillow is pivotal in advancing the career-building network and distinct artistic voice that distinguishes an artist’s 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 furthering the careers of dance artists for over 80 years.

New and innovative programs address the needs of today’s dancers and connect them to an extensive roster of renowned choreographers, artistic directors, instructors, and dance leaders. The School’s Alumni are an influential international network shaping, defining, and leading the field today. During Festival 2019, 48 alumni returned as artistic directors, choreographers, performers, artist faculty, and community project leaders.

At the Pillow, dancers live and work as artists. A studio day features new work development rehearsals and in-depth coaching and mentoring. Interactions with Festival Artists include Master Classes led by artistic directors, career-building discussions with performers, research time in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives, meeting supporters, and attending performances, scholar-and artist-led talks, Cast Parties, special events, and much more. 

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