The School at Jacob’s Pillow will connect you to a revered roster of artists as your faculty, acclaimed for their work in the field as well as their teaching and mentoring. 

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Contemporary Ballet | Contemporary | Musical Theatre | Dance Theatre: Afro-Latin Immersion | Choreography


Contemporary Ballet

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Instructor at The School At Jacob's Pillow; photo credit unknown.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Program Director | June 13 – June 26
The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Flanders in Belgium. She started choreographing at the early age of 11, and decided in 2003 to end her dance career to focus her energies solely on choreography.

 

Luis R. Torres, Instructor at The School at Jacob's Pillow; photo courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet

Luis R. Torres
Program Director | June 13 – June 26
Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Luis R. Torres is currently the Ballet Master at Hong Kong Ballet. Torres graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Dance and Psychology and completed a Master of Fine Arts from George Mason University.

 

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Ashley Bouder
Master Class Artist Faculty | June 17
Ashley Bouder joined the New York City Ballet after attending the School of American Ballet for one summer session and the 1999/2000 school year. She was promoted to principal dancer in 2005 and has remained with the company to present day.

 

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Devon Carney
Artist Faculty | June 23
Devon Carney, Artistic Director of Kansas City Ballet, was born in New Orleans, where he began his dance training with Harvey Hysell. He later joined the New Orleans Ballet, where he danced his first leading roles. In 1978, Mr. Carney was invited to join Boston Ballet.

 

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Jennifer Archibald
Guest Choreographer | June 19 – June 25
Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 Dance Intensives.

 

Maurice Causey; photo Luzern

Maurice Causey
Artist Faculty | June 16
Maurice Causey is an American born, European based, dance artist. He began studying ballet at the age of 15 in his hometown of Florence, Alabama with Patsy Hill and Michael McCadden.

 


Contemporary

Milton Myers
Program Director | June 27 – July 17
Milton Myers is resident choreographer and instructor for PHILADANCO! and on the faculties of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, Peridance, STEPS on Broadway, and The Juilliard School, where he is the first Horton instructor.

 

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Francisco Martinez
Associate Program Director | Jun 27 – July 17
Francisco Martinez has been a dancer with Compania Nacional de Danza, and Ballet Royal de Wallonie. His performance experience is diverse, including works of Petipa, Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Hans Van Manen, Nacho Duato, Vicente Nebrada, Alberto Alonso and Ana Sokolow, among others.

 

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Charles Scheland
Demonstrator & Assistant to Mr. Myers |
June 27 – July 17
Charles Scheland grew up in Germany, Austria, and the Washington D.C. area. He graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University in the Ailey/Fordham Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance program receiving departmental honors in both majors of Dance and Economics.

 

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John Levis
Music Director | June 27 – July 17
John Levis is a composer, pianist, and synthesist who has been involved with the Philadelphia dance community since 1971. A graduate of the University of the Arts, he has worked with many Philadelphia schools and companies.

 

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Rena Butler
Guest Choreographer | July 3 – July 10
Rena Butler is originally from Chicago, IL. Butler has previously performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, AIM by Kyle Abraham, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, David Dorfman Dance, Manuel Vignoulle M/motions, Kevin Wynn Collection, and Pasos Con Sabor Salsa Dance Company.

 

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Sidra Bell
Guest Choreographer | June 27 – July 3
Sidra Bell is the founder of Sidra Bell Dance New York, a choreographer and educator who is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Dominican University of California, and an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana. She is an alum of The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2005 Choreographers Lab program.

 

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Studio Wayne McGregor
Led by Antoine Vereecken, Guest Artist |
July 10 – July 17
Wayne McGregor CBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director. He is Artistic Director of Studio Wayne McGregor, encompassing creative collaborations in dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science.

 

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Antoine Vereecken
Guest Artist | July 10 – July 17
Born in Gent, Belgium, Antoine Vereecken trained at the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp. Since 2011, he has been the Principal Restager at Studio Wayne McGregor.


Musical Theatre

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Jeffrey Page
Program Director | July 18 – August 7
Jeffrey Page is a choreographer as well as an opera and theatre director of both classical and contemporary works. Currently he is co-directing and choreographing the upcoming Broadway revival of 1776 with Diane Paulus.

 

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Brisa Areli Muñoz
Creative Team Member | July 31 – August 7
Brisa Areli Muñoz is a Chicane theatre director, cultural worker, and educator based out of Brooklyn, New York by way of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

 

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Courtney Ross
Creative Team Member | July 18 – August 7
Courtney Paige Ross is a professional dancer and teaching artist who hails from New Orleans LA. Courtney earned her BFA, with honors, from The Ailey School/Fordham University. Currently, she is a performer with Camille A. Brown and Dancers.

 

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Crystal Monee Hall
Creative Team Member | July 18 – August 7
Crystal Monee Hall is a singer/songwriter, composer, vocal arranger and producer and music director based in New York City. Her varied career has included roles on Broadway, guest appearances on TV, and three original albums.

 

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David Chase
Master Class Artist | July 23 – 24
David Chase has been Music Director, Supervisor and Music Arranger for forty Broadway productions. Currently, his revivals include The Music Man (with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster) and 1776.

 

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Jill M. Vallery
Creative Team Member | July 24 – August 7
Jill Marie Vallery is an award-winning dancer and choreographer of Theater, Television, and Film. She is an original cast member of the Tony Award Winning Broadway musical FELA!, where she was also the Dance Captain for its Broadway, international, and national tours.

 

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Robin Gee
Creative Team Member | July 18 – August 7
Robin Gee holds an MFA in Contemporary Dance Choreography and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College and specializes in African, Caribbean, and Modern dance techniques.


Dance Theatre:
Afro-Latin Immersion

Maria Torres; photo Guy Guido

Maria Torres
Program Director | August 8 – August 21
Maria Torres’ extensive career as director, choreographer, instructor, and Producer began as a critically acclaimed performer, contributing choreography while performing in the film Dance, with the six-time Tony-nominated Broadway musical Swing and Me!

 

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Bianca Medina
Creative Team Member | August 8 – August 21
Bianca Medina is a 2nd generation Boricua-Mexicana Dance Artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She spent the last six years touring across the world as a movement and teaching artist with Los Angeles based companies CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theatre, Viver Brasil Dance Company, and with choreographer Marina Magalhães.

 

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Dwayne Beach
Creative Team Member | August 8 – August 21
Dwayne Beach, an interdisciplinary artist, Violist, Violinist, Singer-Songwriter, Ballroom Dancer, and Belizean American, is the first afro-latino and black musician to have played in the Sarajevska Filharmonija, the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

 

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Jaime Lozano
Music Director | August 13 – August 21
Jaime Lozano was born in Monterrey, Mexico. He is an accomplished musician, vocal coach, composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical producer and musical theatre director considered by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, as the “next big thing” on Broadway.

 

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Milteri Tucker
Creative Team Member | August 8 – August 21
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Milteri Tucker holds degrees in Dance, Biology, and Chemistry as well as a Masters Degree in Dance Education from New York University.

 

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Oreste Abrantes
Creative Team Member | August 8 – August 21
Abrantes has played in many venues such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts MidSummer Night Swing event, Summerstage NYC, Carnegie Hall, and even outside of the United States in places like the French Caribbean, and Paris, France to name a few.

 

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Wes Veldink
Creative Team Member | August 8 – August 12
Director and Choreographer Wes Veldink began developing his unique and dynamic style of dance over three decades ago. Based in the fundamentals of jazz, ballet and modern, his work transforms human posture and gesture into movement.


Choreography Fellows

Dianne McIntyre; photo Larry Coleman

Dianne McIntyre
Program Director | August 24 – September 3
Dianne McIntyre is a dancer, choreographer, curator, cultural investigator who creates work in dance, theatre, film, and opera. Known for collaborations with live music, she founded and directed Sounds in Motion Company and School in Harlem for many years.

 

Risa Steinberg; photo Nir Arieli

Risa Steinberg
Program Director | August 24 – September 3
Risa Steinberg is an active member of the dance community as a performer, teacher, re-constructor of the works of José Limón, and mentor to young, emerging, and established choreographers.