Anna-Marie Holmes, Program Director | June 12-25

Anna-Marie Holmes and a distinguished international faculty prepare dancers for the artistic range and technical rigor required by today’s world-class ballet companies.

Acclaimed choreographer Bruce Wells creates a new work on the dancers, who perform its world premiere at the Jacob’s Pillow Season Opening Gala on June 17. Dancers also receive in-depth coaching in renowned classical solo, pas de deux, and ensemble works, which they perform for the public June 24.

Separate men’s and women’s classes are part of the curriculum, as are seminars in career development, musicality, style characteristics, and ballet history. Attending Festival performances by Miami City Ballet and other companies as well as 85th Anniversary Season events, public talks, exhibits, master classes, studying in the Archives are integral to this immersive experience in dance. Alumni of The School at Jacob’s Pillow are principals, soloists, and members of American Ballet Theatre, Het Nationale Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and more.

For 22 ballet dancers at a professional or advanced pre-professional level with strong performance skills, age 16 and up. Video audition required; priority consideration
if received by February 10.

Additional Artist Faculty to be announced


Anna-Marie Holmes

Anna-Marie Holmes, artistic director, choreographer, master-teacher, and celebrated ballerina, is an internationally acclaimed dance luminary. Her stagings of Russian ballet classics are in the repertoires of leading ballet companies worldwide, and she is a master coach of the principals and soloists in companies such as American Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet. Holmes is a recipient of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award and an Emmy Award for her staging of Le Corsaire for American Ballet Theatre’s PBS Great Performances. A guest artist at Jacob’s Pillow in 1968 and 1969, this is Holmes’ 17th season as Ballet Program Director.

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Bruce Wells

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Ramona Pansegrau

Music director, conductor, arranger, and ballet class pianist, Ramona Pansegrau serves as the Director of Music for the National Choreograph Intensive, and is the Conductor for the Kansas City Ballet. This will be Pansegrau's 12th year as Ballet Program Music Director.

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Arlene Minkhorst

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