In recognition of the profound impact of this global crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Jacob's Pillow Festival 2020 for the safety of our staff, artists, audiences, community partners, friends, and the dance community. Click here to read more.

Apply for The School

All applications received for 2020 programs are being reviewed on a rolling basis.


Application Tips and Policies

  • Need to start and resume your application later? The Save and Resume Later feature will provide a link to your saved application. Either select the option to email the link to yourself, or copy the link and save it in a secure place.
  • The Save and Resume link is only active until the next consideration deadline. On that date, you must start over.
    • Ex. If you select Save and Resume Later on January 12 and return to the application on January 18, the system cannot retrieve your work. You need to begin a new application and complete it prior to the next deadline. This applies to all deadlines.
  • Only upload files when you are ready to make the payment and submit your application. Files are not saved until payment is entered and SUBMIT is selected.
  • Using your own device for your audition video is perfectly acceptable; there is no need for high-quality production values. You may film in non-traditional dance spaces including, but not limited to, living rooms, kitchens, and outdoors as needed. Please see program instructions below for further audition video details.
  • After your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive a copy of your application responses and uploaded materials.
  • Only complete applications, with all required fields and materials, are reviewed.
  • If you are applying to more than one program, only one written statement that addresses each program to which you are applying is required. A separate audition video is required per program.
  • Please review our Refunds, Eligibility, and Acceptance Policies.

Program and Scholarship Instructions and Applications

  • Program and Scholarship Applications can be found at the end of each drop-down menu.
  • The Scholarship Application is located within the Program Application; select “YES, I am applying for a Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship.”
    • See Scholarship Instructions at the end of each drop-down menu for a list of items you will need to upload into the application.

CONTEMPORARY BALLET

DEADLINES & FEES

2020 Application Deadlines & Notifications
January 17 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round I | $15 processing fee
February 14 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round II | $30 processing fee
April 22 at 11:59pm EDT Extended Regular Deadline | $45 processing fee

Admittance status emails are sent on a rolling basis.


Program Tuition Fee | $1,500

The two-week tuition fee includes tuition, onsite room and board, free admission to Festival performances and events, and ground transportation from Lee, MA to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA. Each year up to 80% of accepted dancers receive Jacob’s Pillow Scholarships to make their attendance possible.

Jacob’s Pillow School Sponsors and Supporters make it possible to charge $750/week; far below the actual program cost of more than $5,000. If accepted, we will ask you to join us in letting these friends of The School at Jacob’s Pillow know how grateful we are for their support.


APPLICATION MATERIALS
Be prepared to upload the following materials into the Program Application

1. Audition Video

    • Video material should be in the ballet genre.
    • Footage: Must be of clear viewing quality and shot no more than six months prior to submission. Media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type videos will not be reviewed.
    • Adjudicators prefer one concise video with a table of contents; multiple videos will be viewed if contents are properly identified.
    • Passwords: To expedite the review process, no passwords preferred. If you need to use passwords, please have the same password for all video uploads.
    • URL Uploads: 1) Please upload only one video link per field. 2) After uploading a URL link and password, test it. If the link fails to open, your application cannot be reviewed. 3) Keeping your link(s) accessible until the program start date will ensure you can be re-considered for acceptance if waitlisted.

    A. Verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum
    B. Technique sampler, 8 minute maximum. Females must be in pointe shoes

    • Center floor: include grand pliés, ronds de jambe, extensions, and balances
    • Across-the-floor progressions: include a waltz, turns, jumps, and leaps
    • Adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro required
    • Males must include tour en l’air

    C. Performance sampler, 10 minute maximum

    • In-studio footage is preferred over performance footage
    • If performance or group footage, identify who adjudicators are to view
    • Identify names of works and choreographers for
      • 2-3 classical variations or repertory excerpts
      • 1 contemporary ballet improvisation or variation
    • Excerpts should demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles

    2. Written Statement
    In 1000 words or less, please share your:

    • 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

    3. Résumé/C.V.

    4. Photos

    • First arabesque, women should be on pointe
    • Headshot

    5. If 17 or younger, a Letter of Recommendation and a Reference are required
    Upload into Program Application when requested or postmark by your Application Deadline to School Director, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223

    A. Please request a letter from one current teacher, describing

    • Technical and performance artistry
    • Stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level schedule of classes, rehearsals, performances, and evening responsibilities
    • Ability to live and interact responsibly as a professional in a diverse artist community

    B. List name, title, phone, and email from a second dance artist or teacher who can speak about your work into the Program Application when requested.
    6. Scholarship Instructions

     

Go to Contemporary Ballet Program and Scholarship Application Now

STREET & CLUB DANCES: STYLES, CULTURE, HISTORY

RECRUITMENT TOUR MASTER CLASSES

Great experiences to meet Pillow artists and learn about The School, though these opportunities are not an application requirement. View Recruitment Tour locations, dates, and details.


DEADLINES & FEES

2020 Application Deadlines & Notifications
January 17 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round I | $15 processing fee
February 14 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round II | $30 processing fee
April 22 at 11:59pm EDT Extended Regular Deadline | $45 processing fee

Admittance status emails are sent on a rolling basis.

 

Program Tuition Fee | $1,500
The two-week tuition fee includes tuition, onsite room and board, free admission to Festival performances and events, and ground transportation from Lee, MA to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA. Each year up to 80% of accepted dancers receive Jacob’s Pillow Scholarships to make their attendance possible.

Jacob’s Pillow School Sponsors and Supporters make it possible to charge $750/week; far below the actual program cost of more than $5,000. If accepted, we will ask you to join us in letting these friends of The School at Jacob’s Pillow know how grateful we are for their support.


APPLICATION MATERIALS

Be prepared to upload the following materials into the Program Application:

1. Audition Video

    • Video material should be in the street & club dances genre.
    • Footage: Must be of clear viewing quality and shot no more than six months prior to submission. Media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type videos will not be reviewed.
    • Adjudicators prefer one concise video with a table of contents; multiple videos will be viewed if contents are properly identified.
    • Passwords: To expedite the review process, no passwords preferred. If you need to use passwords, please have the same password for all video uploads.
    • URL Uploads: 1) Please upload only one video link per field. 2) After uploading a URL link and password, test it. If the link fails to open, your application cannot be reviewed. 3) Keeping your link(s) accessible until the program start date will ensure you can be re-considered for acceptance if waitlisted.

A. Verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum

    • Explain why you are excited about joining this intensive and what parts of your artist-self you are most interested in developing.

B. Dance Styles Sampler, 3 minutes maximum

    • Select 2 songs, contrasting in genre, tempo, quality; each 1:30 minutes max in length
    • Demonstrate the two styles in which you feel most expressive.

C. Optional, share a clip of anything else you would like to share about yourself as a mover

2. Written Statement
In 1000 words or less, please share:

    • 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

3. Résumé/C.V.

4. Dance Photo or Headshot

5. If 17 or younger, a Letter of Recommendation and a Reference are required
Upload into Program Application when requested or postmark by your Application Deadline to School Director, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223

A. Please request a letter from one current teacher, describing

    • Technical and performance artistry
    • Stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level schedule of classes, rehearsals, performances, and evening responsibilities
    • Ability to live and interact responsibly as a professional in a diverse artist community

B. Please acquire name, title, phone, and email from a second dance artist or teacher who can speak about your work.

6. Scholarship Instructions, if applicable

 

Go to Street & Club Dances Program and Scholarship Application Now

CONTEMPORARY

RECRUITMENT TOUR MASTER CLASSES

Great experiences to meet Pillow artists and learn about The School, though these opportunities are not an application requirement. View Recruitment Tour locations, dates, and details.


DEADLINES & FEES

2020 Application Deadlines & Notifications
January 17 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round I | $15 processing fee
February 14 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round II | $30 processing fee
April 22 at 11:59pm EDT Extended Regular Deadline | $45 processing fee

Admittance status emails are sent on a rolling basis.

 

Program Tuition Fee | $2,250
The three-week tuition fee includes tuition, onsite room and board, free admission to Festival performances and events, and ground transportation from Lee, MA to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA. Each year up to 80% of accepted dancers receive Jacob’s Pillow Scholarships to make their attendance possible.

Jacob’s Pillow School Sponsors and Supporters make it possible to charge$750/week; far below the actual program cost of more than $5,000. If accepted, we will ask you to join us in letting these friends of The School at Jacob’s Pillow know how grateful we are for their support.


APPLICATION MATERIALS

Be prepared to upload the following materials into the Program Application:

1. Audition Video

    • Video material should be in the modern/contemporary genre.
    • Footage: Must be of clear viewing quality and shot no more than six months prior to submission. Media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type videos will not be reviewed.
    • Adjudicators prefer one concise video with a table of contents; multiple videos will be viewed if contents are properly identified.
    • Passwords: To expedite the review process, no passwords preferred. If you need to use passwords, please have the same password for all video uploads.
    • URL Uploads: 1) Please upload only one video link per field. 2) After uploading a URL link and password, test it. If the link fails to open, your application cannot be reviewed. 3) Keeping your link(s) accessible until the program start date will ensure you can be re-considered for acceptance if waitlisted.

    A.Verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum
    B.Technique sampler, 8 minute maximum

    • Center floor grand pliés, ronds de jambe, extensions, and balances
    • Across-the-floor progressions with turns, jumps, and leaps

    C. Performance sampler, 10 minute maximum

    • In-studio footage is preferred over performance footage
    • If group footage, identify who adjudicators need to view
    • Provide a table of contents, identifying names of works and choreographers for 2-3 variations, improvisations, and/or repertory excerpts
    • Excerpts should demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles

2. Written Statement
In 1000 words or less, please share your:

    • 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

3. Résumé/C.V.

4. Headshot

5. If 17 or younger, a Letter of Recommendation and a Reference are required
Upload into Program Application when requested or postmark by your Application Deadline to School Director, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223

A. Please request a letter from one current teacher, describing

    • Technical and performance artistry
    • Stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level schedule of classes, rehearsals, performances, and evening responsibilities
    • Ability to live and interact responsibly as a professional in a diverse artist community

    B. Please acquire name, title, phone, and email from a second dance artist or teacher who can speak about your work.

6. Scholarship Instructions, if applicable

 

Go to Contemporary Program and Scholarship Application Now

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE

RECRUITMENT TOUR MASTER CLASSES

Great experiences to meet Pillow artists and learn about The School, though these opportunities are not an application requirement. View Recruitment Tour locations, dates, and details.


DEADLINES & FEES

2020 Application Deadlines & Notifications
January 17 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round I | $15 processing fee
February 14 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round II | $30 processing fee
April 22 at 11:59pm EDT Extended Regular Deadline | $45 processing fee

Admittance status emails are sent on a rolling basis.

 

Program Tuition Fee | $2,250
The three-week tuition fee includes tuition, onsite room and board, free admission to Festival performances and events, and ground transportation from Lee, MA to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA. Each year up to 80% of accepted dancers receive Jacob’s Pillow Scholarships to make their attendance possible.

Jacob’s Pillow School Sponsors and Supporters make it possible to charge $750/week; far below the actual program cost of more than $5,000. If accepted, we will ask you to join us in letting these friends of The School at Jacob’s Pillow know how grateful we are for their support.


APPLICATION MATERIALS

Be prepared to upload the following materials into the Program Application:

1. Audition Video

    • Video material should be in the musical theatre dance/jazz genre.
    • Footage: Must be of clear viewing quality and shot no more than six months prior to submission. Media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type videos will not be reviewed.
    • Adjudicators prefer one concise video with a table of contents; multiple videos will be viewed if contents are properly identified.
    • Passwords: To expedite the review process, no passwords preferred. If you need to use passwords, please have the same password for all video uploads.
    • URL Uploads: 1) Please upload only one video link per field. 2) After uploading a URL link and password, test it. If the link fails to open, your application cannot be reviewed. 3) Keeping your link(s) accessible until the program start date will ensure you can be re-considered for acceptance if waitlisted.
  • A. Verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum
    B Acting and Vocal Skills sampler, 6 minute maximum
    • A monologue, memorized, from a published script.
    • Two contrasting songs: sing 16 bars of each from standard American musical theatre works; use only the microphone on video camera

C. Dance Technique and Performance sampler, 10 minute maximum

    • Dance technique: Center floor grand pliés, extensions, and balances followed by Across-the-floor progressions with turns, jumps, and leaps
    • Tap dance: very brief, even if beginner level
    • Performance footage: 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. Excerpts should demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles
    • If group footage, identify who adjudicators need to view
    • Females: please be in heels

2. Written Statement
In 1000 words or less, please share your:

    • Influences on your current work as a performer and artistic goals
    • Career aspirations and Experiences desired to reach them
    • How you envision this program impacting your vision of yourself as an artist

3. Résumé/C.V.

4. Headshot

5. If 17 or younger, a Letter of Recommendation and a Reference are required
Upload into Program Application when requested or postmark by your Application Deadline to School Director, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223

A. Please request a letter from one current teacher, describing

    • Technical and performance artistry
    • Stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level schedule of classes, rehearsals, performances, and evening responsibilities
    • Ability to live and interact responsibly as a professional in a diverse artist community

    B. Please acquire name, title, phone, and email from a second dance artist or teacher who can speak about your work.

6. Scholarship Instructions

 

Go to Musical Theatre Dance Program and Scholarship Application Now

THE ANN & WESTON HICKS CHOREOGRAPHY FELLOWS PROGRAM

DEADLINES & FEES

2020 Application Deadlines & Notifications
January 17 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round I | $15 processing fee
February 14 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline, Round II | $30 processing fee
April 22 at 11:59pm EDT Extended Regular Deadline | $45 processing fee

Admittance status emails are sent on a rolling basis.

 

Program Tuition Fee |Underwritten
Hicks Fellows are not charged for tuition, onsite room and board, Festival performances and events, or provided ground transportation from Lee, MA to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA. Fellows do need to cover travel costs to Lee, MA. Honorarium to assist in bringing two dancers will be provided in the acceptance package.


APPLICATION MATERIALS

Be prepared to upload the following materials into the Program Application:

1. Audition Video

    • Footage: Must be of clear viewing quality. Media-enhanced, highly edited, or promotional-type videos will not be reviewed.
    • Passwords: To expedite the review process, no passwords preferred. If you need to use passwords, please have the same password for all video uploads.
  • URL Uploads: 1) Please upload only one video link per field. 2) After uploading a URL link and password, test it. If the link fails to open, your application cannot be reviewed. 3) Keeping your link(s) accessible until the program start date will ensure you can be re-considered for acceptance if waitlisted.

    A. Verbal self-introduction, 2 minutes maximum

    • Introduce yourself
    • Share: your current choreographic interests, your choreographic strong points and deficits, how you envision this program impacting your choreographic work, choreographic projects you envision for yourself in the near future, and whose work interests you today, in dance and in one other art form.

B. Work Sample no. 1

    • This work should be the best example of your current work
    • Share the complete work, no excerpts
    • Provide title, credits, when and where performed
    • The footage can be from a studio or performance venue shoot

C. Work Sample no. 2

    • This work should be no more than three years old
    • Share the complete work, no excerpts
    • Provide title, credits, when and where performed
    • The footage can be from a studio or performance venue shoot

D. Work Sample no. 3 is Optional

    • A complete work, or an excerpt, of your choice.
    • Not to exceed 10 minutes in length

2. Written Statement of Proposed Artistic Inquiry
In 200 words or less, please share:

    • The proposed creative/artistic inquiry you wish to explore during the 10-day program. Focus on the choreographic idea(s) to be explored; it is not necessary to have such details as music/composer, length of work, number of dancers, costuming, and other production elements outlined at this point.
    • Finish this statement: “This summer, in thinking about what I know how to do and what I haven’t yet had the opportunity to explore in my life as a choreographer, I’d like to…”

3. Headshot

4. Résumé/C.V.

5. Support Material

    • Selected samples of programs, reviews, and/or articles about your work

     

Go to Choreography Fellows Program Application Now

ART OF PHOTOGRAPHING DANCE

We hope the Art of Photographing Dance program can return in 2021; there will not be an online version of this program.

DEADLINES & FEES

2020 Application Deadlines & Notifications
February 14 at Noon EST Early Application Deadline | $30 processing fee
March 13 at 11:59pm EDT Extended Regular Deadline | $45 processing fee

 

Program Tuition Fee | $1,800
The program tuition fee includes tuition, onsite model shoots, free admission to Festival performances and events, and meals in resident dining hall during posted hours. Participants must arrange for own off-site housing; options provided with acceptance notification.


APPLICATION MATERIALS

Be prepared to upload the following materials into the Program Application:

1. Portfolio Sample

    • After you upload each URL link and password, test them. If they fail to open, your application cannot be reviewed.
    • Link(s) should remain accessible until the program start date if waitlisted, so you can be re-considered for acceptance

    A. Select 4 diverse images that demonstrate your ability to capture movement

2. Written Statement
In 200 words or less, please share:

    • Why you selected the 4 images in your portfolio sample
    • How you envision this program impacting your photographic practice and future work

3. Photo or Headshot

4. Résumé/C.V. or Bio

5. If 17 or younger, a Letter of Recommendation and a Reference are required

Please request a letter from one current teacher, describing

    • Stamina to participate in rigorous, ten plus hour day of classes, photo shoots, discussions, attending performances, and having evening responsibilities
    • Ability to live and interact responsibly as a professional in a diverse artist community

Upload into Program Application when requested or mail to School Director, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, 358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223

    • Please acquire name, title, phone, and email from a second teacher who can speak about your work.