Observing dancers of The School at work in the studio and attending their informal presentations have been cherished activities at the Pillow for many generations. There are three ways to watch dancers of The School in summer 2023. Take a peek into classes and rehearsals during in-studio observation hours, reserve a seat to watch informal studio showings, and book a ticket to see the dancers perform on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage.

In Studio Observation

Perles Family Studio

Quiet observation of classes and rehearsals inside the Perles Family Studio will be open from 10:45am-12:15 p.m. and 2:30-4pm, Tuesday through Friday, June 20–Aug. 18, on a first come, first served basis. In the case of inclement weather, School observation hours will not be held.

In Studio Pause in the Process Showings

Perles Family Studio | Select Saturdays, 1-1:45pm EDT
In-person and on Instagram Live

Join Artist Faculty and School dancers for informal sharings of their work in the studio together from 1-1:45pm on select Saturdays: July 8, July 15, July 29, Aug 5, and August 12. Held in the Perles Family Studio. Seating is limited; priority entry given to visitors who pre-register online. Registration is now open.

Reserve Seats

Performance Ensembles On Stage

The School at Jacob’s Pillow Performance Ensembles provide an inside look into The School experience and feature repertoire created on the dancers by today’s leading choreographers. A pivotal educational experience for The School’s Dancers is when they perform for Festival and online audiences. These are opportunities for you to support them, our next generation of dance artists, with your presence. 2023 Performances will also be streamed live for free.

Dancers of The School at Jacob’s Pillow are apprentices, trainees, pre-professionals, and early-career professionals from around the world. The School’s professional advancement curriculum connects dancers to Festival artists and resources while nurturing their distinct artistic voices as our next generation of dance artists.

The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Contemporary Ballet Program 
Henry J. Leir Stage | Saturday, July 1, 6pm
Program Director: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Guest choreographer: Andrew McNicol

The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Contemporary Performance Ensemble
Henry J. Leir Stage | Saturday, July 22, 6pm
Program Director: Milton Myers
Guest choreographers: Ronald K. Brown, Jennifer Archibald, Cayetano Soto

The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Tap Performance Ensemble
Henry J. Leir Stage | Saturday, Aug. 19, 6pm
Program Directors: Dormeshia, Michelle Dorrance, and Derick K. Grant
Guest choreographers: Dominique Kelley and Sam Weber

Reserve Seats

Reserve Free Live Stream Access

For questions, call the Box Office at 413.243.0745

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2021 Contemporary Program Performance Ensemble dancers Lucia De-Poli and Emma Branson; photo Jamie Kraus