Dance Theatre: Afro-Latin Immersion
Creative Team led by Choreographer/Director Maria Torres
August 8 – 21 | At the Pillow
Creative Team to be announced December 13 | Read about the Artist Faculty
For 24 early-career, company-ready, or advanced-level creative artists with multi-form/genre dance training who are open and ready for a collaborative cultural immersion experience. Dancers are encouraged to have keen focus, boundless imagination, and a strong desire for evolution. And joy…lots of joy. Minimum age 16. Dancers will need to meet Jacob’s Pillow COVID-compliant protocols, which will be announced in 2022 and subject to change pending new developments.
“This program highlights both the vibrancy and profound historical legacy of Afro-Latino/a/x/e identity and culture while acknowledging its invisibility and erasure in America. AfroLatinidad connections are reflected in our ancestors who migrated here and are carried forward by the new generation – some claiming Latinx and some not; as no one term can uniformly capture our identities. The creative team will be guiding a culturally immersive process where dancers integrate a range of dance styles with media, poetry, and spoken word, celebrating the beautiful facets and kaleidoscope of colors making up the Latin Community. My choreography is a fusion of technique, numerous dance styles, and human movement. I strive to create a rehearsal environment that presents opportunities to gain self-awareness, mind and body connection, and be a conscientious mover.” ~ Maria Torres
Weekly performance opportunities enable the Performance Ensemble to share ideas and work generated before Festival audiences. The first program week concludes with an informal work-in-process showing in the Perles Family Studio. The second program culminates with dancers appearing on the iconic outdoor stage before a live and live-streamed Pillow audience. All presentations are part of the Jacob’s Pillow 90th Anniversary Festival Celebration.
Studio days for the Dance Theatre Performance Ensemble will include Latin jazz, improvisational explorations, and authentic partnering fundamentals drawing from Afro-Caribbean dances of Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, among others. During creative development rehearsals, dancers will explore the interplay between tradition and innovation as well as the entwining of multiple identities to create a highly-charged dance theatre work. In-depth coaching and mentoring will strengthen dancers’ artistic voices and help them develop as distinguished performer-collaborators in the field.
The Jacob’s Pillow School Experience is a full immersion in the stamina, perseverance, entrepreneurial, collaborative, and creative voracity required to live and work as a dance professional. This international, conservatory style studio curriculum extends far beyond the studio day. It also includes:
- Discussing Dance Works curated for viewing from the Jacob’s Pillow Archive
- Career-building Seminars on achieving the momentum needed to confidently and resiliently forge ahead in the field
- Assignments connected to the choreographic process or camera techniques for dance film or social media postings
- Attending 90th Anniversary Season performances, talks, and other events occurring on two stages and across the Jacob’s Pillow grounds
- Researching personal dance interests and assignments in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives
- Building a Career Network for your future from interactions with peers, staff, artist faculty, artistic directors, company members, dance supporters, audiences, community members, and visitors
Together, these experiences instill artistic growth, an artistic point of view, and a vision of the possibilities that exist in dance; all the while building an influential career network.
Open the sections below to learn what you need for a competitive application.
2022 Dance Theatre: Afro-Latin Immersion Application Deadlines & Notifications
Jan 14 12am/midnight EST | Early Deadline | $40 processing fee, includes 1 free Master Class if application is submitted by the Jan 14 deadline.
Feb 25 12am/midnight EST | Regular Deadline | $45 processing fee
After Feb 25 12am/midnight EST | Rolling Basis* | $50 processing fee
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Program Directors and School staff; with admittance status sent by email on a rolling basis.
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- Clicking APPLY NOW takes you to Acceptd, our application portal where you will upload materials described below.
- Review the Application Guidelines located there in order to submit a complete and competitive application.
- Before submitting, review your work carefully, as only complete applications are considered for acceptance.
- If you need any assistance, contact School Programs Coordinator Fiona Scruggs: [email protected].
Program Application Materials to Upload
- Audition Video
Footage must be of clear viewing quality and preferably shot within six months, or as recent as possible, prior to submission. Videos shot outside of a studio, perhaps in a home, garage, or other setting are fine. Media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional type videos are not reviewed. Adjudicators prefer one concise video with a table of contents; multiple videos will be viewed if contents are properly identified. Use one of the following file types to successfully upload your video(s): MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, MKV, and WEBM.
- Verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum
- Your name and current affiliation
- Why this program is important for you this year
- What you are showing on your reel
- Anything you wish to share about your footage: title/choreographer(s) of performance footage, why footage date not as preferred, etc. Remember, we are looking at who you are as an artist, not where you are performing.
- One fun fact about yourself.
- Technique sampler, 8 minute max
- Center floor grand pliés, extensions, and balances
- Across-the-floor progressions with turns, jumps, and leaps
- Females must be in heels for musical theatre dance portions of video
- Include a brief tap dance, even if beginner level
- Sing 16 bars of two songs, from standard or contemporary American musical theatre works, using only the microphone on video camera
- Monologue or spoken word of your choice (1 minute)
- Performance sampler, 8 minute maximum
- In-studio footage is preferred over performance footage
- Provide a table of contents, identifying names of works and choreographers for 2-3 variations, improvisations, and/or repertory excerpts
- In group footage, please identify how viewers will know which dancer to observe
- Excerpts should demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles
- 30 second freestyle movement, showing your style and specialty
- Written Statement 500 words or less
- Influences on your current dance work and artistic goals
- Career aspirations and experiences desired to reach them
- How you envision this program impacting your vision of yourself as an artist
- Headshot (required)
- Dance Shot (optional)
- If 17 or younger, a Letter of Recommendation and a Reference are required
- Be ready to list the name, title, phone, and email of a dance teacher or artist who has agreed to write a Letter of Recommendation. On receipt of an email from Acceptd on behalf of Jacob’s Pillow, he/she/they should be prepared to address the following:
- Technical and performance artistry
- Stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level classes, rehearsals, performances before the public, and evening responsibilities
- Ability to interact, and live, responsibly as a professional in a diverse artist community
- Be ready to list the name, title, phone, and email of a second dance artist or teacher who can speak about your work with staff if needed.
- If you are a dependent, all financial information provided must be for your parent/guardian(s).
- U.S. and international dancers are eligible for scholarships.
- Read Program Fees & Scholarships for program fees, expenses covered by scholarships, amounts distributed, and named scholarship opportunities.
- The Scholarship Application is easily found within the Program Application.
- If you need any assistance, contact School Programs Coordinator Fiona Scruggs: [email protected]
Scholarship Application Materials To Upload, if applicable
- Statement of Need – up to 500 words suggested, yet we understand circumstances applicable to your situation may require more than 500 words.
- Describe your current financial situation and why financial aid is necessary
- Provide clear and accurate information about your current income and/or employment
- List previous scholarships, awards, and/or financial aid received
- Proof of Income
- Federal Tax Form, 2020 and/or 2021, page one only, for yourself, or your parent/guardian.
- If exempt from filing, or a non-U.S. resident, combine earning statements for July, October, and December 2021 into one PDF document.
- Support Documentation
- Combine evidence that substantiates your Written Statement of Need into one PDF document. Examples are: child care invoices, debt counseling statements, financial aid records, food stamp registration, hospital invoices, rental agreements, scholarship award copies, tuition payment record, etc.
Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship Awards are available to make your participation possible; apply within the Program Application. Learn more here.
Maria Torres’ extensive career as director, choreographer, instructor, and producer, began as a critically acclaimed performer; contributing choreography while performing in film Dance with Me and Tony nominated Broadway musical Swing!
If you have questions or need additional information, we are happy to help. Please email us at [email protected].
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