[Beckett, MA] – In the summer of 2015, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, a world renowned center for professional dance training will present Professional Advancement Programs in Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre Dance, and an new program titled Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop. These programs will take place during the 83rd annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, led by a highly-distinguished artist faculty, and offer an incomparable combination of studio, performance, and Festival experiences.
At The School at Jacob’s Pillow, pre-professional students and early-career professional dancers from around the globe are immersed in an intense professional training environment involving classes, rehearsals, and coaching sessions six days a week, and are given rare opportunities to perform weekly for Festival audiences.
The 2015 Program Directors include internationally celebrated ballet legend Anna-Marie Holmes; contemporary dance mentor and faculty of The Ailey School and Juilliard Dance Division Milton Myers; Broadway veteran, choreographer, and director Chet Walker; New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award-winning choreographer and artistic director Camille A. Brown with artist and scholar E. Moncell Durden; along with other acclaimed artists, choreographers, and artistic directors on faculty.
The School at Jacob’s Pillow is located in the picturesque Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Each year, up to 100 dancers from approximately 3,000 auditioned are invited to take part in the Professional Advancement Programs of The School: Ballet, Cultural Traditions (Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop in 2015), Contemporary, and Musical Theatre Dance.
The School experience involves an intensive class and rehearsal schedule, performing works-in-progress weekly for Festival audiences, coaching and seminar sessions; all demanding technical and performance skills, stamina, perseverance, risk-taking, and creative collaboration.
Auditions and Application:
Auditions, in person or by video, and a written application are required. Video auditions (by online video hosting website) are required for Ballet, and highly encouraged for Contemporary, Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop, and Musical Theatre Dance Programs. In person auditions are not available for the Ballet Program.
The 2015 Audition Tour, launches in early January and will stop in Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago for Musical Theatre, Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop, and Contemporary Program auditions.
Led by internationally-acclaimed dance artists in a master class format, no cuts are made during these auditions providing an excellent opportunity for students to take a professional class, gain audition experience, and learn more about The School at Jacob’s Pillow. Auditions are open to advanced dancers, ages 15 and up.
Visit Audition & Apply for application and audition details. Application deadline is February 13 for priority consideration.