Auditions are coming up for the school at Jacob’s Pillow, home to America’s oldest dance festival.
This program for professional advancement is for advanced students. You must be 15 (on arrival day) for the ballet program, 16 for contemporary, cultural, jazz/musical theatre, and 24 for the Choreographer’s Lab. Scholarships are available.
I’ve personally visited Jacob’s Pillow many times and the school program performances are always stellar. This is an amazing program. The facilities and surroundings (the Berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts) are beautiful. You will be immersed in and surrounded by great dance throughout your summer stay.
Visit the Pillow
For dancers, the historical significance of this site alone is worth a trip or visit, so even if you aren’t planning to attend the school, consider making this a destination for you or your family.
Jacob’s Pillow is very near the quaint and culture-ridden towns of Stockbridge, Lenox (Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s summer home is here), and Lee, Massachusetts.
There is plenty of shopping, museums, theaters, and historical sites in the area. Not to mention, the state of Massachusetts is not large. The drive from Boston on the eastern coast to the Berkshire hills is perhaps 2-3 hours without stopping. However, there is much to see and do in between.
During the summer of 2008, my family visited Boston, Revere Beach, Lexington, Walden Pond in Concord, Davis’ Farmland in Sterling, North Adams, Pittsfield, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Jacob’s Pillow and more, all in a surprisingly leisurely 8-day trip… driving… with an 11-month old! No kidding!
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