Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival,

summer dance concert series held annually near Lee, Mass., in the Berkshires. The site, originally an 18th-century farm, was purchased by the American modern dancer Ted ShawnShawn, Ted
(Edwin Myers Shawn), 1891–1972, American modern dancer and choreographer, b. Kansas City, Mo. Introduced to dance as physical therapy, he taught ballroom dancing, then married (1914) the dancer Ruth St. Denis.
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 in 1930, and three years later it became the home of his Men Dancers Company. A dance festival was inauguated here in 1940, and in 1942 the Ted Shawn Theater, the first in the United States designed specifically for dance, opened its doors. Shawn directed the summer dance festival until his death in 1972. Today, the Jacob's Pillow complex includes three performance venues, a professional dance school, exhibition spaces, and other facilities. The festival has been directed by Ella Baff since 1997. Its dances have traditionally been eclectic, and the festival continues to feature several companies each season and to include such dance styles as ballet, modern, ethnic, tap, and jazz. Jacob's Pillow is a National Historic Landmark (2003).


See T. Shawn, How Beautiful upon the Mountain: A History of Jacob's Pillow (1947), and N. Owen, A Certain Place: The Jacob's Pillow Story (1997).

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

The second oldest dance festival in the United States (after the Bennington Dance Festival), the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival takes place for 10 weeks every summer at the historic Ted Shawn Theatre near Lenox, Massachusetts.
Edwin Myers ("Ted") Shawn was an innovative modern dancer and cofounder, with his wife Ruth St. Denis, of Denishawn, the first American modern dance company. In 1933, at his farm named Jacob's Pillow, he founded the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival as a summer residence and theater for his male dancers. After the group disbanded, Shawn turned Jacob's Pillow into a dance center of international importance—a place where not only ballet but modern and ethnic dance could be presented. Top dancers from all over the world give regular performances throughout the summer to packed houses.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
358 George Carter Rd.
P.O. Box 287
Becket, MA 01223
413-243-9919; fax: 413-243-4744
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Paul (hosted by the Minnesota Dance Alliance); Ann Arbor (hosted by the Michigan Dance Association); Chicago (hosted by Chicago Dance Coalition and the Newberry Library Dance Collection); Washington, DC (hosted by the George Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance and the DC Cultural Alliance); Dallas (hosted by the Dallas Dance Council and the Dallas Public Library); Miami (hosted by the Florida Dance Association and Miami Dance Futures); Pittsburgh (hosted by the Pittsburgh Dance Council); Philadelphia (hosted by the University of the Arts School of Dance, the Philadelphia Dance Alliance, and the Jacob's Pillow dance festival); and again New York (hosted by Performance Space 122, and The Field, a service organization for independent performing artists).
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The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, founded by Shawn--one of the great pioneers of modern dance--is celebrating its 70th anniversary this summer from June 15 to August 25.
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Shawn's legacy is far more secure in his founding of the Men Dancers (1933-1940), the first all-male dance company in the United States, and in establishing Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 1941.
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American Dance Festival and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival both offer paid production internships, where students get hands-on tech experience and have the opportunity to take classes and attend performances for free.
Alumni: Graduates have worked at American Ballet Theatre, Miami City Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.