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Your career-advancing summer

The School at Jacob’s Pillow is where dancers and choreographers define and strengthen their distinct artistic voices,
while making the connections that advance their work in the field.

Be among the first to hear about our upcoming programs and events.


2023 Programs | At the Pillow

Contemporary Ballet | June 19 – July 2
Program Director Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Contemporary | July 3 – 23
Program Director Milton Myers

The Dunham Legacy Revisited | July 24 – 30
Program Director Reginald Yates

Tap Dance | July 31 – August 20
Program Directors Dormeshia, Michelle Dorrance, Derick K. Grant

The Ann & Weston Hicks
Choreography Fellows Program
| August 22 –  31
Program Directors Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg


2023 Workshops & Intensives | Around the Country

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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Scholarships are available! The School at Jacob’s Pillow is committed to making attendance possible for dancers with financial need. Applications are reviewed need-blind; applying for a scholarship in no way impacts the acceptance determination. A Scholarship Application is located within the Program Application.



The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a pivotal experience for performers and choreographers to define 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.

Alumni are an influential international network shaping, defining, and leading the field today. They return to the Pillow as artistic directors, choreographers, performers, artist faculty, and community project leaders; 74 did so during Festival 2022.

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.

Studio days focus on the development of new work by esteemed choreographers. To support this work, artist faculty lead technique classes, creative development workshops, coaching sessions, seminars, and career-building discussions. Festival artists lead classes and lunchtime career-path talks weekly. Evenings include attendance at Festival performances, scholar-led talks, improv jams, extra rehearsals, and spending time to complete choreographic assignments or research in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. Your weekly performances place you before company artistic directors, School supporters, Festival audiences, and a worldwide streamed audience.

Learn more about The School Experience, Jacob’s Pillow 360, and 2023 Application Details & Deadlines.

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