In recognition of the profound impact of this global crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Jacob's Pillow Festival 2020 for the safety of our staff, artists, audiences, community partners, friends, and the dance community. Click here to read more.

A Note About Summer 2020

Fostering the artistic growth of our future dance artists is the most meaningful work we do. Please check back for announcements about any online programs we can offer this summer. Everyone who submitted an application will be the first to receive information about these programs, and as usual an acceptance status notification. Applications received through April 22 will be considered for any online programs offered.

The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a pivotal experience where dancers, choreographers, and photographers advance the distinct artistic voices that will best distinguish their work in the field. Explore the 2020 program that best suits your artistic growth, read about The School Experience, and peer inside the beautiful Perles Family Studio.


2020 Professional Advancement Programs

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

Street & Club Dances: 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 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 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 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. 

Learn more about The School ExperienceApply, take a Recruitment Tour Master Class, or Plan a Visit.

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