The School
at Jacob's Pillow

The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a pivotal professional advancement center for dancers, choreographers, and dance photographers to develop a uniquely resonant artistic voice. Explore our 2019 Professional Advancement Programs and look inside its home, the 7,373 square foot, state-of-the-art Perles Family Studio.

2019 Professional Advancement Programs

Contemporary Ballet
Jun 10-23 | Alexandra Damiani & Matthew Neenan, Program Directors

Jul 8-28 | Milton Myers & Didy Veldman, Program Directors

The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program
Aug 20-30 | Bebe Miller & Risa Steinberg, Program Directors

Flamenco & Spanish Dance
Jun 24-Jul 7 | Irene Rodríguez, Program Director

Jul 29-Aug 19 | Dormeshia & Michelle Dorrance,
Program Directors

Art of Photographing Dance
Aug 20-25 | Rose Eichenbaum, Program Director


The School at Jacob’s Pillow is a pivotal professional advancement center for dancers and choreographers to develop a uniquely resonant artistic voice.

In a curriculum made current by one of the most influential international dance networks in the field, guest choreographers create original works on a small ensemble of dancers who perform them weekly for Festival audiences. Dancers attend Festival performances, research in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives, and live and work as artists among the Festival’s international community—a network that dancers will join as School alumni.

The Perles Family Studio magnifies the professional work achievable during each program and builds upon the artistic excellence of dance founder and teacher Ted Shawn. Situated in the heart of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the longest-running dance festival in the U.S., The School has been instrumental to the careers of dance artists for over 80 years and its alumni are defining and shaping the field each and every day.

Apply today, register for a Recruitment Tour Master Class, or plan a visit—classes and rehearsals are open for public observation.

Turning Dancers into Artists

Led by acclaimed artistic directors and choreographers, The School at Jacob’s Pillow transforms dancers into artists. Alumni appear in Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch,” on Broadway, at The Tonys, in film, and in major companies worldwide. During Festival 2018, 41 alumni returned: 7 as artistic directors of companies, 7 as choreographers, and all others as performers and artist faculty.

Meet Our Alumni

An Extraordinary Place To Learn

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