Application Details: Musical Theatre Dance
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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
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 | $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.
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
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.