2021 Professional Advancement Programs are Being Re-envisioned

New ways of working, mentoring, sharing work, and contributing to the community will be required to support your journey ahead as a dance artist. While we finalize plans, tell us what would best support your artistic growth in the year ahead. Write to: jrglover@jacobspillow.org.

Announcement of 2021 Programs will be made December 2020.

Art of Photographing Dance | Cancelled for 2020

The next Photography program will be held in 2021; please check our website in December 2020 for program information.

Rose Eichenbaum Program Director

Artist Faculty Whitney Browne, Christopher Duggan, and guest speakers to be announced. |  Read more about Artist Faculty.

For 12 United States and international photographers with prior photography training; prior dance photography experience is not required. For ages 18 and up; ages 16-17 will be considered under special circumstances. If you are in the later age category, please contact us to discuss: school@jacobspillow.org or 413.243.9919 x168.

Directed by award-winning dance photographer and author Rose Eichenbaum, photographers have the rare opportunity to elevate their photographic skills while developing a more highly attuned eye and personal aesthetic. In this historic landmark setting, amidst the lush and beautiful Pillow grounds, inspiration abounds! Sessions take place in studios, on stages, and in site-specific locations on and around the Pillow grounds.

Photographers work closely with celebrated Festival dancers each day to create a wide-range of action, portrait, documentary, commercial, editorial, and fine art images. In learning to design and direct shoots with dancers, photographers gain an understanding of dance movement and vocabulary and strengthen communication skills to work with dancer-models collaboratively, safely, and effectively. Each assignment helps promote creativity, self expression, and individual style and brand.

This truly dance-immersive experience includes onsite meals in the famous Stone Dining Room, researching in the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Archives, and attending Festival performances, rehearsals, exhibitions, events, and after-hour conversations. The program experience enables photographers to gain artistic growth, a stronger artistic point of view, a vision of their possibilities in the field, and an influential career network.

Festival companies during the program include The Sarasota Ballet and Aszure Barton & Artists. Learn about Festival 2020 and explore exciting program-related content, such 2018 Art of Photographing Dance Program participants Christopher Schoenwalder & Sarah Delgado speaking about their unforgettable experience at The School:

History of Photography at Jacob’s Pillow

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The Pillow has nurtured rich and fruitful relationships with dance photographers for over eight decades, beginning in the 1930s with John Lindquist and continuing with John Van Lund in the 1940s and Jack Mitchell in the 1950s. The Archives at Jacob’s Pillow houses tens of thousands of dance photos and negatives, including images by George Platt Lynes, Edward Weston, Barbara Morgan, and George Hoyningen-Huene. Annual exhibits showcase and give insight into dance and dance photography. Leading photographers including Lois Greenfield, Annie Leibovitz, and Philip Trager have discussed their work in public talks. In recent years, many renowned photographers have shot at the Pillow, including Christopher Duggan, Rose Eichenbaum, Jordan Matter, Toby Old, and Mike Van Sleen. Jacob’s Pillow annually offers a 15-week Festival internship in Photography.

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Program Director

Rose Eichenbaum

August 25—30
Rose Eichenbaum is an award-winning photographer and one of the most respected photojournalists working in the arts today. With more than 25 years of teaching experience, she brings a unique and intimate approach to her workshops and artist residencies.

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


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

All dancers who applied will receive a special email from The Director of The School at Jacob’s Pillow; thank you for your patience as we develop this email.


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.


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.