Contemporary

Milton Myers, Program Director | July 10-30

Guest Choreographers/Artists: Robert Battle, Marguerite Donlon, Cayetano Soto & more

Under the direction of Milton Myers, studio work and performance experiences prepare dancers to meet the expectations and requirements of today’s most in-demand artistic directors. Three renowned and stylistically diverse choreographers create work on the dancers, which they present to the public July 15, 22, and 29.

Dancers are coached in multiple movement vocabularies, styles, techniques, and performance skills to deepen their ability to communicate choreographic intent and advance their development as articulate, versatile artists. Distinguished master faculty lead career discussions and daily classes in ballet, body conditioning, and contemporary dance. 85th Anniversary Festival performances and events include master classes and lunch discussions with Festival performers, public talks, exhibits, studying in the Archives, and more—all are integral to this immersive experience in dance.


For 24 contemporary dancers at a professional or advanced pre-professional level with
strong performance skills, age 16 and up.

Additional Artist Faculty to be announced

Faculty

Milton Myers

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. He performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, directed the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, and was honored by the International Association of Blacks in Dance for his extraordinary teaching and mentorship to dancers. He teaches and choreographs for prominent companies and dance centers worldwide. This marks Mr. Myers’ 31st year coaching and mentoring dancers at The School at Jacob’s Pillow.

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John Levis

John Levis is a composer, pianist, and synthesist who has been involved with the Philadelphia dance community since 1971. This is Levis' 20th year on faculty at The School at Jacob's Pillow.

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Aya Kaneko

Aya Kaneko was born in Osaka, Japan, and earned a vocational examination syllabus certificate at The Royal Academy of Dance in London. She has worked with several ballet companies and schools as both a dancer and teacher in Osaka and Kobe.

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Charla Genn

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Marguerite Donlon

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Robert Battle

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Cayetano Soto

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Jae Man Joo

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