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 Post subject: The School at Jacob's Pillow 2004, 2005
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2004 5:25 am 

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In 2004, The School at Jacob's Pillow assembles a constellation of master artists and dancers to direct its professional Programs in Ballet, Cultural Traditions, Contemporary, Jazz, and Choreography. The School's Program Directors are highly respected and popular international artists who make time in their busy schedules to work closely and mentor young professional dancers at the Pillow. This year's Program Directors include Broadway veteran Chet Walker; renowned Russian ballet expert Anna-Marie Holmes; Milton Myers, who has led School Programs for 18 years; Haitian choreographer and folklorist Jean-Léon Destiné; and Community-dance leader Celeste Miller. During the Programs, Directors hone the artistic development, technique, and performance skills of the students, preparing them for professional careers in the dance field.

Esteemed faculty members join Program Directors to teach key repertory works performed by major international dance companies. Noted faculty for the Summer 2004 programs include, American Ballet Theatre veteran Leslie Browne; Richard Gonzalez of the OCHUMARE Dance Ensemble; Christopher House, Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre; and Peggy Baker, veteran of The National Ballet of Canada.

Every year, over a hundred dancers on their way to professional dance careers attend The School at Jacob's Pillow. They spend long, rewarding hours six days a week in dance classes, rehearsing and performing repertory, interacting with living legends of the dance world, attending performances of major and cutting-edge international dance companies, and learning about dance history in the Pillow's extensive Archives. This immersion in dance has proven to be a winning recipe for producing tomorrow's stage artists.

The Ballet Program takes place June 14-27 with Program Director Anna-Marie Holmes, who performed at Jacob's Pillow in the 1960's and whose restaging of Raymonda will be premiered by American Ballet Theatre in spring 2004. Faculty for the Program includes veteran American Ballet Theatre Principal Leslie Browne and former Kirov dancer and teacher Tatiana Legat. Ms. Browne will choreograph a new work for the Ballet dancers to perform at Jacob's Pillow's Season Opening Gala on June 19 in the Ted Shawn Theatre.

With Program Director Jean-Léon Destiné, the Cultural Traditions Program, June 28 - July 11, focuses on the dances of Africa, Cuba, and Haiti. Haitian-born Mr. Destiné is a distinguished dancer, choreographer, and scholar who is an expert on Vodoun dances of Haiti. His staging of Troubled Island for New York City Opera was widely acclaimed, as was Destiné and Company's starring role in the New York production African Carnivale. Mr. Destiné and his company were frequently seen in the Ted Shawn Theatre between 1949 and 1970. For the Cultural Traditions program, the distinguished faculty includes Richard Gonzalez, Lamine Thiam, Dr. Yvonne Daniel, and Dr. Henry Frank. The core of the program features daily African, Cuban, and Haitian dance classes, and includes instruction in songs, chants, drum rhythms, anthropology, and Caribbean studies.

Because today's dancers must be versatile in many different choreographic styles, students of the Contemporary Traditions Program, July 12 - August 1, gain the experience of working in a repertory company by learning and performing works by leading international choreographers. Milton Myers, a highly regarded teacher from Juilliard and The Ailey School, directs the Contemporary Program and teaches a daily class in Horton technique. This year's repertory classes focus on the works of innovative Canadian choreographers, including Christopher House and James Kudelka. Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre, Mr. House shares his own work, while renowned soloist and instructor Peggy Baker teaches the work of Mr. Kudelka. A noted dancer, Ms. Baker performed at the Pillow's 2003 Festival in Doug Varone's Short Fictions.
Chet Walker, a Broadway veteran since age sixteen and co-creator of the Broadway show Fosse, directs the Jazz Program, August 2-22. Students learn what it is like to be a part of a Broadway repertory company as they learn material from Mr. Walker's latest production, Jazz on Jazz, which will premiere at the Pillow in August. Program participants learn the integral relationship between jazz music and jazz dancing by working with composers and musicians.

Choreographers' Lab: Community Dance Projects, August 23-30 is a program for experienced choreographers to develop techniques for working in community settings such as schools, social service agencies, senior centers, and independent community groups and to bring choreographic rigor to these projects. Program Director Celeste Miller has much experience working in this arena, from her leadership of Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion® to her work with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Program activities include Movement Labs with peers and invited members of the Berkshire community, journal writing, and discussion sessions to help participants prepare future projects with community groups.

Dancers interested in applying for The School at Jacob's Pillow should visit the website, or call (413) 637-1322, for more details. Auditions will be held in 10 cities across the U.S. Milton Myers and Chet Walker conduct auditions for The School internationally.

Tuition includes campus housing, meals, and participation in all Festival events, including performances by Festival companies in-residence. Scholarships and academic credit are available.

ABOUT OUR FUNDERS: Major support for The School at Jacob's Pillow is from the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, Inc. Of the $1,000,000 grant, $760,000 must be matched dollar for dollar in new endowment money that must be raised by Jacob's Pillow. Endowment funds for our professional School support much-needed scholarships, faculty salaries, and ensure that the faculty and students attend festival performances.

Special thanks to the following individuals and institutions, who have contributed matching gifts in support of the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative: Anonymous, Sydelle and Lee Blatt, Daniel and Shirlee Freed, and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Additional institutional support for Scholarships comes from the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Foundation; Paul Newman Charitable Giving; Arch W. Shaw Foundation; Onota Foundation; The Barrington Foundation, Inc.; B.D. Trading; Purple Mountain Foundation; and American Dance Guild.

We would like to thank the following individuals for establishing Named Scholarship Endowment Funds: Daniel and Shirlee Freed; Paul and Rochelle Gendler; Charles and Joan Gross.

Special thanks to Board member Marcia Simon Kaplan, whose generous ten-year challenge grant to her endowment fund has helped sustain our Scholarship Endowment Fund. Gifts made to this fund will be matched dollar for dollar by Marcia Simon Kaplan.

ABOUT THE PILLOW: Located in the town of Becket, Massachusetts, internationally acclaimed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival was originally a family farm in the 1700s and served as a station on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Legendary dancer, teacher, and choreographer Ted Shawn established the Festival in 1933 as a showcase for his company of Men Dancers. The Pillow encompasses 162 acres and 30 buildings, including three stages, four dance studios, a restaurant, a pub, housing, Archives, and administrative offices. During the 10-week summer festival, the Pillow attracts thousands of visitors to see world-class dance on three stages and enjoy hundreds of free events, including performances, lectures, tours, film showings, exhibits, and talks with the artists. The Festival is augmented by The School at Jacob's Pillow that draws a world-class international roster of students and faculty; the Archives, which are open to public access; commissions and world premieres; an Intern Program, which trains arts administrators and theatre technicians for professional careers; support for artist development of new work with Creative Development Residencies; and year-round Community Programs throughout the Berkshires. Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, designated by the federal government as an exceptional cultural venue that holds value for all Americans.

$10 audition class fee, cash only, at all sites; excluding HHSPVA students, NWSA students, and conference attendees.

Auditions: United States

January 11, Sunday, MIAMI, FL
New World School of the Arts
25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor
305.237.3341 for directions
Contemporary, Cultural, Jazz
Registration 10:30-11:30 a
Audition Class 11:30-1:30 p

February 1, Sunday, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
San Francisco Dance Center
26 7th Street, 5th Floor
415.626.1762 for directions
Contemporary, Cultural, Jazz
Registration 1:00-2:00 p
Audition Class 2:00- 4:00 p

February 25, Wednesday, HOUSTON, TX
Houston High School for Performing and Visual Arts
4001 Stanford
713.942.1965 for directions
Contemporary, Cultural, Jazz
Registration 7:00-8:00 p
Audition Class 8:00-10:00 p

March 6, Saturday, NEW YORK, NY
City Center
130 West 56th Street for directions
Registration 8:30-9:30 a
Audition Class 9:30-11:30 a
Cultural Traditions
Registration 6:00-7:00 p
Audition Class 7:00-9:00 p

March 7, Sunday, NEW YORK, NY
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza for directions
Registration 9:00-10:00 a
Audition Class 10:00-12:00 p
Registration 1:00-2:00 p
Audition Class 2:00-4:00 p

March 27, Saturday, NEW YORK, NY
City Center
130 West 56th Street
for directions
Registration 8:30-9:30 a
Audition Class 9:30-11:30 a
Registration 2:00-3:00 p
Audition Class 3:00-5:00 p

Auditions: Dance Conferences
If attending and interested in Jacob's Pillow, leave your name, phone, school, and dance teacher's name at 413.637.1322 x17.

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
January 7-10, ARTS Week, Miami, FL

National Dance Association
January 16-19,Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Dallas, TX

ACDFA South-Central
February 25-28, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX

ACDFA New England
February 25-29, Smith College Northampton, MA

National High School Dance Festival March 11-14, University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA

ACDFA Northwest
March 17-20, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Auditions: International
Auditions will be held in several countries, including South America and Europe. For information, email

<small>[ 03 February 2005, 01:08 AM: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>

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 Post subject: Re: The School at Jacob's Pillow 2004, 2005
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:08 am 

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Becket, MA - Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival will hold an audition at the San
Francisco Dance Center, San Francisco, CA on Saturday, February 12
for The
School's following 2005 summer dance programs: Contemporary Traditions;
Jazz; and Cultural Traditions: In the Presence of Hip-Hop. The School at
Jacob's Pillow offers intensive training programs to deepen the artistic and
technical insight of advanced-level students, performers, teachers, and
choreographers. In classes taught by award-winning,
internationally-recognized faculty, dancers receive unparalleled training
and inspiration through exposure to the world-class events that comprise
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

The San Francisco audition will be led by Robert Moses' Kin. Registration
begins at 1:30pm. Applicants must arrive in time to register and warm-up
before the audition class begins. The class runs from 2:30 to 4:00pm and a
$10 class fee is required. Dancers interested in applying to The School at
Jacob's Pillow, and who live within 150 miles of the audition site, are
strongly encouraged to attend the audition. Those who live outside the
150-mile radius, or those interested in auditioning for The School's
Choreographers' Lab or Ballet programs, should contact Jacob's Pillow at
413.243.9919 or visit for video application
requirements. From January until April 2005, The School at Jacob's Pillow
auditions dancers in Miami, San Francisco, Columbus, and New York, as well
as four international locations. The Program Directors assembled for 2005
include Anna-Marie Holmes, Russian ballet authority; Rennie Harris, hip-hop
master; Milton Myers, expert in contemporary traditions; Chet Walker,
Broadway jazz veteran; and the team of choreographer Susan Marshall and
critic/scholar Suzanne Carbonneau.

Students needing financial assistance may apply for scholarship support from
Jacob's Pillow. The Fund for Jacob's Pillow School Endowment and annual
contributions from individuals enable The School to attract dancers of the
highest caliber from around the world, regardless of their financial

The audition is not open for observation by the public, parents, or friends.
Members of the Press who would like to attend or photograph the audition
should contact French Clements at 413.243.9919 x29 for more details.

The San Francisco Dance Center is located at 26 7th Street, 5th Fl. Please
visit or call 415.863.3040 for directions. For all
other inquiries, please call 413.243.9919 or visit


Jacob's Pillow is located in the town of Becket in the Berkshire Hills of
Western Massachusetts. The Pillow, as it is affectionately known, was
originally the Carter family farm in the 1700s, and in the 1800s served as a
station on the Underground Railroad. Its pioneering spirit was furthered in
1933, when legendary dancer, teacher, and choreographer Ted Shawn founded
the Festival as a showcase for his company of Men Dancers and as a home for
dance in the U.S.

Jacob's Pillow now encompasses an acclaimed international Festival (the
first and longest-running in the U.S.), a professional School, rare and
extensive Archives open to the public free of charge, an Intern Program, and
year-round Community Programs. The historic site includes 161 acres, 31
buildings, three unique stages (including the first theatre in the U.S.
built specifically for dance), three dance studios, exhibition spaces,
restaurants, the Pillow Store, residential housing, administrative offices,
a health center, gardens, trails and woodlands.

The Pillow presents international dance in all forms, styles and traditions,
and approximately 200 free events each season, including performances,
lectures, tours, film showings, exhibits, and talks with artists from all
over the world, which yield approximately 80,000 visitor experiences

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 Post subject: Re: The School at Jacob's Pillow 2004, 2005
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 7:13 am 

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I had a question about this - a dance teacher strongly recommended this intensive for my daughter, but her interest is modern dance and from reading the web site, she is too young for teh modern dance program (will still be 15 this summer). My question is, are programs like this flexible on ages (I would be surprised if they were)? and, is it really beneficial to be one of the youngest dancers in a program like this?

<small>[ 03 February 2005, 03:42 PM: Message edited by: Sirene ]</small>

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