Age Eligibility

  • For Program Recruitment Master Classes
    • 15 years old and up for Contemporary Ballet and Contemporary
    • 13 years old for Tap
  • For School Virtual Programs 
    • 16 years old on program start date for Contemporary Ballet and Contemporary
    • 13 years old for Tap 
    • 22 years old and up for the Hicks Choreography Fellows Program 
  • For School Performance Ensemble Programs
    • 18 years of age on program arrival day for Contemporary Ballet, Contemporary, and Tap

Liability Waivers 

  • Participation in any School Master Class or Program requires receipt of a legally signed Liability Waiver, found within the application and registration forms.

Participation Requirements

  • The well-being of everyone who lives, works, and visits Jacob’s Pillow is important. To that end, we are monitoring travel procedures and regulations with regards to COVID-19 and will update participation plans as needed. As of this writing, Jacob’s Pillow is optimistic that our re-visioned programming will make onsite events and participation possible.
  • The School’s Master Classes and Programs are designed for socially mature, technically advanced dancers who are focused on a professional career.
    • Dancers need to be physically fit for the rigor and intensity required in classes, rehearsals, and performances. This includes having the stamina to be fully active for at least eight hours per day for onsite programs and at least 5 hours per day for online programs. 
    • Additional hours are required for Festival event attendance, extra rehearsal calls, or completing assignments on your own time: on average four to six hours six days per week for onsite dancers and two to three hours five days per week for online dancers.
  • All onsite residents and visitors will be subject to applicable international, federal, and Massachusetts COVID-19 requirements, as well as campus protocols established by Jacob’s Pillow. This could impact an individual’s travel plans and/or participation, in addition to an entire group’s onsite interactions.  
    • Since Fall 2020, Jacob’s Pillow onsite COVID-19 safe protocols have included a staff team working under the guidance of consultant, Dr. Wendy Ziecheck, referred to as The Bubble Doctor for Dancers. A working draft of campus protocols and policies for summer programming is expected in early 2021 and then updated as needed throughout the summer. Jacob’s Pillow will hire a COVID-compliant coordinator to oversee onsite groups and events June-August, who will work closely with School staff. Dancers accepted to onsite programs will be provided the most up-to-date participation requirements in their acceptance packets and, as with everything these days, these will be subject to change.
  • Performance Ensemble Program onsite dancers must complete a confidential medical history form, which includes immunization records, and note any conditions that could interfere with full program participation. If you are recovering from a recent injury or surgery, you should recover fully and postpone your participation to a later time; we sincerely want you dancing for the long-term, not the short-term; and lack the facilities and resources for your to recover while onsite.
  • Virtual Program dancers should be able to meet the following technology and space requirements: 1) have access to a stable and reliable internet connection  with enough bandwidth to be online for up to 5 hours per day in live sessions plus able to connect and  complete an additional 2-3 hours of online assignments; 2) be able to participate in live-streamed sessions from beginning to end, with few interruptions; 3) have at least one device with a video recording camera (smartphone, tablet, or computer); and 4) have enough space to execute at least a kick/grand battement to the front, back and both sides.
  • Fee balances must be paid in full no later than three weeks from Online Program start date or from the Onsite Program pre-arrival date.


  • Artist Faculty and Programming are subject to change. Jacob’s Pillow will make every effort to post updates on this website and notify dancers in advance.
  • The School at Jacob’s Pillow is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students and encourages and supports diversity in all programs.
  • Jacob’s Pillow is committed to offering a safe, caring, sharing, collaborative environment where artistic growth is possible for all.