Professional Advancement


Professional Advancement at Jacob’s Pillow Dance takes two forms – premier dance training in The School and real work projects and responsibilities through Intern Programs.

Founded by dance pioneer Ted Shawn, The School at Jacob’s Pillow has trained many of the world’s most distinguished dance artists. The School embraces a comprehensive educational approach taught by renowned choreographers and dance artist faculty. Our programs accept only 22-25 dancers to allow for deep personal attention.


Jacob’s Pillow internships provide real work projects and responsibilities that build practical experience and develop professional skills. Interns are integral members of department teams from communications to production to education and more. These experiences are intense, demanding, and life-changing.

Dance Programs

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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Intern Programs

Summer Festival and Fall/Winter/Spring internships offer invaluable training and mentorship toward careers in arts administration or production. Recent intern alumni have gone on to find employment at prestigious organizations such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Dance Magazine, The New York Times, Jacob’s Pillow, and more.

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An extraordinary place to Learn

Lucille DiCampli Artist Representation

More Ways to Enjoy Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

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.