Jacob’s Pillow Celebrates Ethnic Dance with Free Events in June

As it does every summer, Jacob’s Pillow’s schedule of dance classes, performances, and special events includes a number of free events for dance lovers who make their way to this historic spot in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

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Tapper Extraordinaire Michelle Dorrance Wins Top Award from Jacob’s Pillow

Michelle Dorrance, an acclaimed tap dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, will receive the 7th annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award at the Jacob’s Pillow Season Opening Gala on June 15.

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February 2013 | FYI

“She was a shining example of dedication and passion for our art,” Rhee Gold said about Mignon Furman, a longtime Dance Studio Life contributor and DanceLife Teacher Conference faculty member who died December 4.

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Audition Schedule Set for Jacob’s Pillow Summer School Programs

The School at Jacob’s Pillow will hold auditions in Chicago, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Miami, and New York City for its 2013 professional advancement Contemporary, Movin’ Commercial Dance, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Programs.

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Jacob’s Pillow Auditions Held for Summer 2013 Commercial and Contemporary Programs

The School at Jacob’s Pillow will hold auditions this weekend for two of its summer 2013 Professional Advancement Programs, Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance and Movin’ Commercial Dance, at CityDance Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland.

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Ballet Boyz Nunn and Trevitt on the Hunt for Dancers in New Series

A Chance to Dance, a new dance challenge series that follows prominent UK contemporary dancer/choreographers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt in their quest to create a new dance company in just 28 days, premieres tonight at 10pm on Ovation.

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Youth Ticket Offer Available for Brazilian Hip-Hop Performance at the Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is offering $10 youth tickets to see Compagnie Käfig, a Brazilian hip-hop company packed with athleticism, artistry, and drama led by French artistic director and hip-hop choreographer Mourad Merzouki, for performances this Friday and Saturday.

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Pillow Documentary Never Stand Still Makes Theatrical Debut in Beverly Hills

Never Stand Still, an award-winning documentary that weaves performances by world-renowned dancers with intimate interviews, behind-the-scenes insights, and rare archival footage, will hold its official premiere July 6 in Los Angeles.

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A Dance Lover’s Delight: 200 Free Events Planned at Jacob’s Pillow

This summer’s 80th anniversary season of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival offers more than 200 free performances, talks, exhibits, and community events from mid-June through August 26 at the Becket, Massachusetts landmark.

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Post-Modern Choreographer/Performer Kyle Abraham wins Jacob’s Pillow Honor

Kyle Abraham, acclaimed contemporary dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Abraham.In.Motion, will receive the sixth annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award at the Jacob’s Pillow Season Opening Gala on June 16.

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Top Dance Photog Rose Eichenbaum Shares Knowledge at Pillow Workshop

Award-winning dance photographer Rose Eichenbaum will lead a five-day workshop on the art of photographing dance and dancers at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, Massachusetts, August 21 to 26.

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Jacob’s Pillow Documentary Expands to Four Additional Cinemas

Never Stand Still, a documentary filmed at Jacob’s Pillow that immerses audiences in the lives of extraordinary artists and the power of dance, has added four more locations to its theatrical run.

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Jacob’s Pillow Considers Dance’s Past and Future During 80th Season

Tickets for the Jacob’s Pillow 80th Anniversary Festival, an international celebration of dance, music, the visual arts, and culture beginning June 16 with the Season Opening Gala and continuing through August 26, are now on sale.

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Jacob’s Pillow Audition Tour to Begin January 14

The School at Jacob’s Pillow will hold auditions in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada, and Paris, France for its 2012 professional advancement programs.

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Jacob’s Pillow Remembers Founder on His 120th Birthday

Modern dance groundbreaker Ted Shawn is being remembered by the dance educational center he founded, Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, on October 21—the occasion of his 120th birthday. To view a video clip of Shaw’s Men Dancers in the piece Kinetic Molpai, recorded at the Pillow in 1937, visit http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/ted-shawns-men-dancers?ref=era&refcar=/era/1930–1939. . . .

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Craig Black Jr. Wins Scholarship at Jacob’s Pillow

Twenty-one-year-old Craig Black Jr. has been named the eight recipient of the Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence, the major annual scholarship of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, where Black is a participant in the Contemporary Program.

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Jane Comfort Brings Works of Thought and Theatre to the Pillow

Jane Comfort and Company, a contemporary dance-theatre group that pushes the intersection of dance, music, theatrically, and language, performs at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival June 29 to July 3. Using a wide range of theatrical elements, Comfort challenges the boundaries of dance and theatre in her newest work Beauty, which . . .

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Jacob’s Pillow Announces Schedule of Free Events for June

A wide-ranging program of free performances and talks at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts will be kicked off June 22 with the grand re-opening of the festival’s mountainside stage and seating area.

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Jacob’s Pillow Teacher, Master of Spanish Dance, Dies

Matteo, an American dancer, teacher, choreographer, and scholar who specialized in Spanish dance, died of complications from a stroke March 24 in Englewood, New Jersey, The New York Times reported. He was 92.

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Interactive Site Allows Online Viewing of Rare Dance Performances

Beginning March 28, online audiences will be able to view rare footage of artists performing at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, from 1937 to 2010 through its Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive feature.

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Millepied Is Honorary Co-Chair of Jacob’s Pillow Opening Gala

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2011 will officially commence with a star-studded Season Opening Gala performance and celebration on June 18 at 6pm at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Jacob’s Pillow Holds Final Set of Auditions for Summer Program

The School at Jacob’s Pillow will hold final in-person auditions for two of its professional advancement programs, contemporary and jazz/musical theater dance, this weekend in New York.

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Jacob’s Pillow Awarded National Medal of Arts

President Barack Obama honored Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival on Tuesday with a National Medal of Arts, the highest arts award given by the U.S. government.

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Auditions in NYC for Jacob’s Pillow Summer Education Programs

Auditions will be held this weekend in New York City for the School at Jacob’s Pillow 2011 professional advancement programs in jazz/musical theater dance and contemporary.

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Singing, Dancing, and Drumming Presented by Jacob’s Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will co-present a performance this spring of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, a stellar group of Cuban rhumba performers that blend African roots with Latin American influences.

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Auditions for Jacob’s Pillow Programs This Weekend in Miami

The School at Jacob’s Pillow will hold auditions January 8-9 in Miami for its 2011 professional advancement programs in jazz/musical theater dance and contemporary.

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Celebrated Cuban Performance Group Returns to U.S. This Spring

Tickets are now on sale for one of Cuba’s most celebrated music and dance groups, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, for performances April 30 at 8:00 p.m. and May 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCa Way, North Adams, Massachusetts.

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Jacob’s Pillow Informational Discussion Series Available Online

PillowTalks, an hour-long moderated discussion with choreographers, performers, historians, filmmakers, and experts in the arts and related fields, sponsored by Jacob’s Pillow Dance, is now available online.

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Vanaver Caravan at Jacob’s Pillow

The Vanaver Caravan will present a program geared toward dance and world music fans, particularly children, during its engagement August 25 to 29 at Jacob’s Pillow.

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Hubbard Street at Jacob’s Pillow Finale

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the thirteenth time in 27 years for the dance festival’s finale August 25 to 29 in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Lucy Guerin at Jacob’s Pillow

Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin explores a life-altering event through contemporary dance in Structure and Sadness, an evening-length work being performed August 18 to 22 at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Student Excellence Award for Calvin Royal III

The School at Jacob’s Pillow has announced that Calvin Royal III is the seventh recipient of the annual Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence.

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U.S. Debut for Göteborg Ballet

Göteborg Ballet, a Swedish contemporary dance company, makes its American debut August 18–22 at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, with 3xBoléro, a full-length production of three diverse works, each inspired by Maurice Ravel’s classic score, “Boléro.”

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Abraham.In.Motion at Jacob’s Pillow

Dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham brings his company, Abraham.In.Motion, to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, from August 11 to 15.

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Les Ballets Trockadero Make Pillow Debut

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the all-male dance company that has delighted audiences for more than three decades with its hilarious take on the classical ballet repertoire, will perform for the first time at Jacob’s Pillow from August 11 to 15 in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Thai Dance Makes Its Pillow Debut

Thai performer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun will present the U.S. premiere of the full-length work Chui Chai (Transformation) July 14 to 18 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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U.S. Premiere for MONGER at Jacob’s Pillow

Israeli choreographer Barak Marshall’s full-length contemporary dance work, MONGER, will get its U.S. premiere July 7 to 11 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Dancewave Company at Jacob’s Pillow

The Dancewave Company, formerly known as Kids Company, a pre-professional modern dance company for teens ages 15 and older, will perform at 6:15 p.m. June 25 as part of the Inside/Out Series at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts. Admission is free.

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Montreal Troupe at Jacob’s Pillow

Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal will perform Aszure Barton’s Les Chambres des Jacques and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Locked Up Laura and Zip Zap Zoom from June 30 to July 4 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Kloborg to Join Georgian Ballet at Jacob’s Pillow

Sebastian Kloborg, a soloist with the Royal Danish Ballet, will join the State Ballet of Georgia in its performances June 23 to 27 at the annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Free Tap Events at Jacob’s Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow has free, open-to-the-public tap-related events, from performances to book signings, scheduled for this year’s annual dance festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Double Duty for Armitage at Jacob’s Pillow

Armitage Gone! Dance will perform Three Theories, a contemporary ballet choreographed by the company’s artistic director, Karole Armitage, from July 14 to18 at the Jacob’s Pillow summer dance festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Ananiashvili, Troupe to Dance at Jacob’s Pillow

Nina Ananiashvili, director of the State Ballet of Georgia after a legendary career as a prima ballerina, will dance with her troupe at the start of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

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Gallery Exhibits at Jacob’s Pillow

Five intriguing gallery exhibits will be open to the public without charge from June 23 to August 29 during the annual Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts:

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Jacob’s Pillow: The Treasured National Landmark

Jacob’s Pillow Dance, lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (Time magazine) and “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), is a treasured National Historic Landmark and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival.Tour the grounds in Becket, Massachusetts, view performance excerpts and hear from Director of Preservation Norton Owen as he shares the Pillow’s rich history.

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