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A career-advancing summer awaits you

The School at Jacob’s Pillow is where dance artists evolve their distinct artistic voices
while forming career connections that advance their work in the field.

At the Pillow & Around the Country

2024 Programs | At the Pillow

Contemporary Ballet | June 16 – 30
Program Director Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Contemporary | July 1 – 21
Program Director Milton Myers

ChoreoTech Lab: Immersive Dancemaking with AI & AR | July 22 – 28
Program Directors Heidi Boisvert, Brian Brooks, & Qudus Onikeku

Musical Theatre | July 29 – August 18
Choreographer/Directors Sekou McMiller, Luis Salgado, & Karla Puno Garcia

The Ann & Weston Hicks
Choreography Fellowship
| August 19 – 29
Program Directors Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg


2024 Workshops & Intensives | Around the Country

Jacob’s Pillow 360
Led by Pillow Program Directors, Artists, and School Alumni

Scholarships Available!

The School at Jacob’s Pillow is committed to assisting any dancer needing assistance with program tuition fees. Applications are reviewed need-blind. Scholarship applications are reviewed only following acceptance determinations. A Scholarship Application is located within the Program Application and should be completed at time of submission.



While the February 26 deadline has passed, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Program Directors and School staff, with admittance status sent by email when spaces are available.


The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a pivotal experience for dance artists to define and develop 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 history. The School is a dance home to artists of all backgrounds, cultures, and orientations, and strives to create a supportive environment that values diversity and respects the inherent worth of each member of its community. Read more about Jacob’s Pillow’s commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) here

The School’s Alumni are an influential international network shaping, defining, and leading the field today. Year after year, they return to the Pillow as artistic directors, choreographers, performers, artist faculty, and community dance project leaders; 150 did so during Festival 2023.

The School addresses the most current needs of today’s dancers by connecting them to an extensive roster of renowned choreographers, artistic directors, educators, performers, dance leaders, and change agents. At the Pillow, you are coached, mentored, and charged to work and live as a dance artist, individually and collectively.

Dancers are immersed in unparalleled experiences within a vibrant professional working environment. Beyond technique classes and new work development rehearsals, studio days are packed with coaching sessions, career-building discussions, wellness and media seminars, meet-and-greets with audiences and School Sponsors, and more.

When the studio day ends, dancers fully enter into the historically rich landmark of dance during Festival events; from attending free performances and scholar-led talks to networking with dancers and artistic directors.

Learn more about The School Experience, Jacob’s Pillow 360, and 2024 Application Details & Deadlines.

An Extraordinary Place To Learn

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