The School at Jacob's Pillow 2014 Catalog
Attaining that extra edge to work successfully as an artist requires experiences that hone your art and cultivate career-enriching relationships. At the Pillow, you gain these advantages interacting with dance artists who are making lasting contributions to the field. In the studio, they teach classes small enough for individual coaching and create rehearsal environments that prepare you for the demands of a professional company. Outside the studio, they are the Festival's international artistic community. This intense and inspiring mix creates life-changing experiences for dancers who are ready for professional advancement.
The School at Professional Advancement 2014 Jacobâ€™s Pillow WELCOME Attaining that extra edge to work successfully as an artist requires experiences that hone your artistry and cultivate career-building relationships. At the Pillow, you gain these advantages by interacting with artists who are making lasting contributions to the dance field. In the studio, artists teach classes small enough for individual coaching and create rehearsal environments that prepare you for the demands of a professional company. Outside the studio, you engage with the Festival’s international artistic community. This intense and inspiring mix creates life-changing experiences for dancers ready for professional advancement. Please let me know if I can be of help as you apply. I look forward to welcoming you to the Pillow. May the best in dance be yours, “J.R.” Glover Director of Education TABLE OF CONTENTS The Experience 4 History 6 Ballet 7 Tap 8 Contemporary 9 Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance 10 Jacob’s Pillow Alumni 12 Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence 13 Daily Schedule 14 Policies and Fees 15 How to Apply 16 Application Form 17 Application Checklist 18 Scholarships 19 Scholarship Application Form 20 Audition - Video 21 Audition - In Person 22 Auditions 23 Cover: Lissa Smith (2012 Contemporary), Kristen Smth & Alexander Safronov (2013 Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance), Gabriel Winns (2012 Tap), Aoi Fujiwara & Tuukka Piitulainen (2013 Ballet); photos Christopher Duggan & Em Watson. This page: “J.R.” Glover. 2011 Contemporary Students. Photos Christopher Duggan. As of December 1, 2013, major support for The School at Jacob’s Pillow has been generously provided by the Pillow’s Individual Scholarship Supporters; and Foundations: The Barrington Foundation; Chervenak-Nunnallé Foundation; The Frances Alexander Family Fund; The Marshall Frankel Foundation; The Howard Gilman Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Leading for the Future 2 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 The school at jacobâ€™s pillow professional advancement 2014 Ballet Tap Anna-Marie Holmes, Program Director June 9-22 Michelle Dorrance, Program Director June 23-July 6 Milton Myers, Program Director July 7-27 Contemporary Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Chet Walker, Program Director July 28-August 18 Initiative, a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations in memory of Henry J. Leir and The Leir Charitable Trusts, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts; The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation; The Prospect Hill Foundation; Puffin Foundation, Ltd.; The SHS Foundation; The Shubert Foundation; The Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation; The Spingold Foundation; The Velmans Foundation; Weissman Family Foundation; Government: Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; MassDevelopment; National Endowment for the Arts; Corporate: Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, Wheatleigh; and Jacobâ€™s Pillow Business Partners. Endowment: The Barrington Foundation; William Randolph Hearst Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations, In memory of Henry J. Leir; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Onota Foundation; The Prospect Hill Foundation; Talented Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Surdna Foundation. jacobspillow.org 3 THE experience IMMERSION IN DANCE The School at Jacob’s Pillow experience includes intensive studio work, performing weekly for Festival audiences, attending all Festival performances and events, and interacting with an international dance community on beautiful, historic grounds. The six day a week training schedule of classes, rehearsals, and coaching sessions demands technical and performance skills, stamina, perseverance, risk-taking, and creative collaboration. Three Festival stages host more than 150 performances by 50 companies from all over the world, representing ballet, contemporary, dance-theatre, hip-hop, jazz, tap, and culturallyspecific dance. All School participants have free access to these events as well as master classes, community classes, artist talks, book signings, film screenings, exhibits, tours, and open rehearsals. Dancers also gather in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives to explore its rich collection of videos, historic films, photographs, and programs covering over a century of dance. Working side by side with Festival artists, who are the most significant dance artists of our time, immerses dancers in a wide range of choreographic and performance approaches, traditions, and innovations. The result is deep artistic and personal growth. a COMMUNITY OF ARTISTS Living in a community with Festival artists, scholars, research fellows, interns, and staff fosters rich interactions and invaluable relationships for the future. Major dance figures from around the world have been coming to the Pillow since the 1930s. Encounters with artistic directors, choreographers, critics, dance celebrities, scholars, and dedicated dance supporters abound. You might find yourself browsing in the bookstore beside Virginia Johnson, having lunch with Andy Blankenbuehler, mingling with Wendy Whelan at a cast party, or chatting with Mark Morris after a Q&A session. Hunter Loewen; photo Em Watson. Photo Taylor Chricton. The School’s student body is an international mix of professionals and pre-professionals, from Grand Prix finalists and Presidential Scholars in the Arts to company apprentices. After training in The School, dancers always have an artistic home here. Alumni return to visit and perform; 33 School alumni participated as choreographers, performers, faculty, and company or Festival staff during Festival 2013. 4 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 setting Jacob’s Pillow is located in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, an international destination noted for its beautiful natural environment and world-class cultural institutions, including Tanglewood, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, Norman Rockwell Museum, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. New York City and Boston are both less than 3 hours away. The 220-acre campus includes two theatres, an outdoor stage, five dance studios, exhibition galleries, the Archives, health office, food venues, store, gardens, and a wetlands trail. campus life When Ted Shawn’s students and company members lived at the Pillow in the 1930s, they built housing and studios, and maintained the property from roads to wells. Today’s residents embrace this spirit of responsibility by helping care for the beauty, history, and integrity of the Pillow. Dancers in The School live near artists, faculty, and staff in wood-framed cabins with archival photographs and mementos of famous dancers lining the walls. A centrally located Campus Center provides a place to relax. Registered nurses assist with body maintenance and physician appointments, and Pillow drivers shuttle dancers to town as needed and fill requests for sundry supplies. Three meals a day are provided in the Stone Dining Room, hand-built in 1935 by Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers. jacobspillow.org 5 HISTORY Ted Shawn Founder (1891-1972) Ella Baff Executive and Artistic Director Jacob’s Pillow was honored in 2011 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest arts award given by the United States Government, and is also designated as a National Historic Landmark for the significance of its contribution to American culture. Established as a family farm in the 1700s, Jacob’s Pillow served as a station on the Underground Railroad in the 1800s. Within a decade after purchasing the farm in 1931, dance pioneer Ted Shawn began a successful series of lectures and demonstrations, founded The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and built America’s first theatre solely for dance. Since these beginnings, an incomparable wealth and diversity of dance have graced the Pillow’s grounds. Shawn embraced a comprehensive educational approach for The School. Festival attendance was valued equally with classes in ballet, modern, body conditioning, and traditional dance. His faculty and performers included established and emerging talent of the time, such as Asadata Dafora, Bronislava Nijinska, Agnes de Mille, Pearl Primus, Maria Tallchief, Balasaraswati, Joseph Pilates, José Limón, Alvin Ailey, and Robert Joffrey. In sustaining this tradition, the Pillow’s teaching and performing roster forms a 20th and 21st century honor roll of international dance artists. Since the launch of Dance Interactive (danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org), the global community can now access much of the Festival’s unique video collection online, a resource revered by artists, audiences, and the dance field. Jacob’s Pillow Mission To support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance. 6 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 Ted Shawn in Four Dances Based on American Folk Music, 1931; photo Charlotte Rudolph. BALLET June 9-22 Anna-Marie Holmes Program Director Gala Choreographer Jessica Lang Artist Faculty Dinna Bjørn, Madeleine Onne, Adam Sklute, and others Music Director Ramona Pansegrau Anna-Marie Holmes and a distinguished international faculty prepare dancers for the artistic range and technical rigor required by today’s world-class ballet companies. Choreographer Jessica Lang creates a new work on the dancers, who perform its world premiere at the Festival’s Opening Gala on June 14. Dancers also receive in-depth coaching in renowned classical solo, pas de deux, and ensemble works, which they perform June 21 as part of the free outdoor performance series. Separate men’s and women’s classes are part of the curriculum, as are seminars in career development, musicality, style characteristics, and ballet history. Attending Festival performances, public talks, exhibits, master classes, and studying in the Archives are integral to this immersion experience in dance. Alumni of The School at Jacob’s Pillow are members of American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Het Nationale Ballet, Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Royal Danish Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. Aoi Fujiwara & Tuukka Piitulainen; photo Em Watson. Anna-Marie Holmes; photo Louis Li. For 11 male and 11 female ballet dancers at advanced pre-professional or professional level with strong performance skills, age 16 and up. Visit jacobspillow.org for program updates and faculty bios. Anna-Marie Holmes Artistic director, choreographer, master teacher, and celebrated ballerina, Anna-Marie Holmes is an internationally acclaimed dance luminary. Her stagings of the Russian classic ballets are in the repertoires of leading ballet companies worldwide, and she is a master coach of principals and soloists in companies such as American Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet. Holmes is a recipient of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award and an Emmy Award for her staging of Le Corsaire for American Ballet Theatre’s PBS Great Performances. A guest artist at Jacob’s Pillow in 1968 and 1969, this is Holmes’ 14th season as Ballet Program Director. jacobspillow.org 7 TAP Michelle Dorrance Program Director June 23-July 6 Artist Faculty Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker, Samuel Weber, and Nicholas Young Music Faculty to be announced at jacobspillow.org Michelle Dorrance and an award-winning artist faculty from the East and West coasts offer a wide range of choreographic approaches and music styles to sharpen dancers’ musicality and technique. Studio work includes traditional tap and cutting edge styles; music composition, both acapella and in collaboration with musicians; and work in both solo and ensemble performance skills. Dancers perform works created on them for the public June 28 and July 5 as part of the free outdoor performance series. Daily classes emphasize rhythmic structures, musical phrasing, articulated and relaxed approaches to the floor, and use of the full body. Music seminars, individual coaching, video viewing, tap history talks, and jam sessions help develop each dancer’s distinctive artistry while sharing new directions influencing the field today. Attending Festival performances, public talks, exhibits, master classes, and studying in the Archives are integral to this immersion experience in dance. For 25 tap dancers at an advanced pre-professional or professional level with strong performance skills, age 16 and up. Visit jacobspillow.org for faculty bios and program updates. Michelle Dorrance Michelle Dorrance, of Dorrance Dance, is a Bessie Award Winner, and recipient of the 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award and a 2012 Princess Grace Award. Featured on the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine, she performs, teaches, and choreographs throughout the world. Mentored by Gene Medler, Dorrance performed with North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and subsequently with STOMP, Manhattan Tap, Savion Glover’s company Ti Dii, JazzTap Ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Company, Rumba Tap, Derick K. Grant’s Imagine Tap!, and Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasing the Bird, to rave reviews. Most recently, Dorrance collaborated with Dormeshia SumbryEdwards, Derick K. Grant and composer/ musician Toshi Reagon to create The Blues Project, a critically acclaimed show that premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2013. She holds a B.A. from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and teaches on faculty at Broadway Dance Center. 8 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 Michelle Dorrance; photo Matthew Murphy. CONTEMPORAry Milton Myers Program Director July 7-27 Guest Choreographers Stijn Celis, Marguerite Donlon, and Mark Morris repertory Music Seminars Mark Morris Artist Faculty Jeff Edwards, Aya Kaneko, Helen Pickett, Pamela Pribisco, Lawrence Rhodes, and Matthew Rose Music Director John Levis Under the direction of Milton Myers, studio work and performance experiences prepare dancers to meet the expectations and requirements of today’s most in-demand artistic directors. Three renowned and stylistically diverse choreographers create work or set excerpts of signature repertoire on dancers, which they present to the public July 12, 19, and 26 as part of the free outdoor performance series. Dancers are coached in multiple movement vocabularies, styles, techniques, and performance skills to deepen their ability to communicate choreographic intent and advance their development as articulate, versatile artists. Mark Morris himself leads music seminars to augment dancers’ ability to convey the driving force of his acclaimed 1993 work, Grand Duo. Career discussions and daily classes in ballet, body conditioning, and contemporary dance are led by distinguished master faculty. Reina Trifunovic & Christian Griggs-Drane; photo Christopher Duggan. Milton Myers; photo Marta Fodor. Attending Festival performances, public talks, exhibits, master classes, and studying in the Archives are integral to this immersion experience in dance. For 12 male and 12 female contemporary dancers at an advanced pre-professional or professional level with strong performance skills, age 16 and up. Visit jacobspillow.org for faculty bios and program updates. Milton Myers Recognized worldwide as a master teacher, Milton Myers is resident choreographer and instructor for Philadanco and on the faculties of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, and The Juilliard School. He has performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and was Director of the Joyce Trisler Danscompany. He teaches and choreographs for prominent companies and dance centers world-wide. In 2014, the International Association of Blacks in Dance is honoring Myers for his extraordinary teaching and mentorship to dancers worldwide. This marks his 28th year mentoring students at The School at Jacob’s Pillow. jacobspillow.org 9 JAZZ/MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE Chet Walker Program Director July 28-August 18 Guest Choreographers & Artist Faculty to be announced at jacobspillow.org Music Director John Fischer Percussionist Dan Gross Chet Walker and other award-winning Broadway choreographers, directors, composers/ arrangers, and musicians work collaboratively to create original numbers on dancers, with the same fast-pace and rigor required to audition and mount Broadway productions. Dancers present excerpts of the works for the public August 2, 9, and 16 as part of the free outdoor performance series. Working as an ensemble, dancers perform the complete works, with a live band and guest program alumni, on August 17 in the historic Ted Shawn Theatre; proceeds benefit The School at Jacobâ€™s Pillow. Daily technique classes rotate among ballet, jazz, musical theatre dance, and tap. Dancers rehearse afternoons and evenings with choreographers and musicians. Vocal training, audition coaching, and career-building discussions are also part of the curriculum. Attending Festival performances, public talks, exhibits, master classes, and studying in the Archives are integral to this immersion experience in dance. For 12 male and 12 female musical theatre dancers at an advanced pre-professional or professional level with singing and acting experience, age 16 and up. Visit jacobspillow.org for faculty bios and program updates. 10 The School at Jacobâ€™s Pillow 2014 Chet Walker Performing on Broadway since the age of 16, Chet Walker has appeared most prominently in the musicals of Bob Fosse. Conceiver of the Tony Awardwinning musical Fosse, he is an international director/ choreographer and Artistic Director of WALKERDANCE. Recent productions include Cabaret in Oslo and Atlanta, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in Tel Aviv. During a Jacob’s Pillow Creative Development Residency in 2011 he re-created and documented Jack Cole’s technique, which led to the 2012 premiere of Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project at New York’s Queens Theatre. As choreographer, Walker worked on the Tony-awarded Best Musical Revival, Pippin¸ for which he received the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography, The Fred and Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreographer of a Broadway Musical, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Choreographer. This marks his 15th season leading international auditions, serving as the Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program Director, and helping build support for The School at Jacob’s Pillow. jacobspillow.org 11 Malcolm Gets; photo Christopher Duggan Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance students; photo Em Watson. Chet Walker; photo Nathan Johnson. JACOB’S PILLOW ALUMNI Alumni of The School include dance luminaries such as Nikolaj Hübbe, Meredith Monk, Mia Michaels, and Robert Swinston. They appear in Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch,” on Broadway, and in major companies worldwide. Last year, 33 alumni of The School returned as Festival artistic directors, choreographers, and performers. The School celebrates the recent successes of all its alumni, notably: Christian Griggs-Drane (2013) - 2013 Martha Hill Young Professional Award recipient Xiaochuan Xie (2011) - 2013 November Dance Magazine cover - 2013 Clive Barnes Award nominee - Martha Graham Dance Company soloist, along with soloist Mariya Dashkina Maddux (2005), and company member Lorenzo Pagano (2011) Directly following his time at The School, Keenan Washington (2013) assisted John Silver (2013 Commercial Dance Program Guest Artist) at an audition for rapper/songwriter Flo Rida Addison Ector (2012) is an apprentice with Complexions Contemporary Ballet Adrienne Lipson (2012) dances with Lissa Nicole Smith (2012, 2010) in Hubbard Street 2 Benjamin Freedman (2012) dances with Rita Donahue (2000), Lesley Garrison (2003), and Laurel Lynch (2001) in the Mark Morris Dance Group Emma Butensky (2012) and Jack Ironstone (2012) are 2014 YoungArts winners in Tap and Choreography respectively, from the National YoungArts Foundation Raymond Pinto (2011) dances with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Paige Fraser (2010) dances with Visceral Dance Chicago Jason Sparks (2009) made his Broadway debut as Assistant Choreographer for After Midnight, which included Taeler Elyse Cyrus (2005) making her Broadway performing debut; appearing alongside cast members and former Festival artists Karine Plantadit, Desmond Richardson, and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards Joseph Morrissey (2006, 2007) returns to Jacob’s Pillow in 2014 with Hong Kong Ballet as Director of Artistic Planning and Touring Emanuel Abruzzo (2006, 2005, 2002) modeled for a bronze statue by sculptor Andrew DeVries, which appeared in a National Museum of Dance exhibition in 2013 Nehemiah Kish (2003) is a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet in London Adam Weinert (2003) performed dances by Ted Shawn at the Museum of Modern Art Loni Landon (2002) received a Princess Grace Choreography Award/Fellowship in 2013 12 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 Lorna Strassler Award for student excellence This annual award extends material support and career encouragement to a young artist demonstrating performance excellence and exemplary dedication to the field. Established in 2004 by former Pillow board member Lorna Strassler and her husband, the award provides a full program scholarship and $2,500 cash. An online video or DVD submittal, as described in the Audition section (pg 21), is required for consideration, even if attending an in person audition. (See pg 19 for other scholarships) Awardees to date: Samantha Barriento (2013, 2011 Contemporary) is a senior in the Ailey/Fordman B.F.A. program Theresa J Murray (2012 Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance) begins freelancing as a member of Actor’s Equity in New York City January 2014 Craig Black (2011 Contemporary) dances with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Calvin Royal III (2010 Ballet) dances in the Corps de Ballet, American Ballet Theatre I-Fen Lin (2009 Contemporary), a freelance Lindsey Holmes (2008 Contemporary) made her dancer/choreographer, is guest faculty at Taipei National University of the Arts Broadway debut this year in The Lion King is a freelance artist and author Shannon Kline (2007 Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance) Min Li (2006 Contemporary) is freelancing following five seasons at Scapino Ballet Rotterdam Avi Scher (2005 Ballet) teaches dance to children in Cape Town, South Africa as part of the LEAP program Winston Dynamite Brown (2004 Contemporary) dances with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Dance Heginbotham, and works as a freelance choreographer, dancer, and teacher Samantha Barriento; photo Karli Cadel. “It is our hope that this award will make a difference in the lives of those who receive it.” - Lorna Strassler 13 daily SCHEDULE Dancers spend six days a week, 9am-5pm, in the studio with artist faculty, evenings at Festival events or in the Archives, Saturdays performing on the outdoor stage for Festival audiences, and Sundays taking Master Classes led by Festival artists, followed by doing laundry in town and reflecting on the weekâ€™s events. A sample day: 8:00-9:00 Breakfast or optional Community Class (weekdays) 9:00-10:30 Technique class 10:45-12:15 Program Director technique or repertory class 12:15-1:15 Lunch 1:15-1:30 Campus-wide Welcome: meet Festival artists, scholars, staff, interns, and visiting VIPs (Wed) Seminars: music, dance history, auditioning, etc. (Mon & Tues) 1:30-5:00 Guest Choreographer repertory rehearsal 5:00-6:00 Dinner 6:15-7:00 Performances by Festival artists on outdoor stage (Wed-Fri) and by The School (Sat) 7:30-8:00 Pre-Performance Talks by Pillow Scholars (Wed-Sat) 8:00 Usher and see Festival performances in two theaters or visit the Archives (Wed-Sun) 10:00 Post-Show Talk: choreographers, collaborators, and performers speak about their work, travels, and the field (Thurs & Fri) Later Rehearse, dance jam, chat, free time, or rest before another full day (weekdays) Cast Parties with Festival supporters, artists, staff, and interns (Sat) Dimitri Kalaitzidis; photo Christopher Duggan. 14 The School at Jacobâ€™s Pillow 2014 Policies and fees College Credit Recognized for physical and intellectual rigor, programs of The School can be taken for academic credit through the Pillow’s affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Check with your school registrar’s office and department head to determine if credits will be transferable. Credit fee information will be available after May 5 and registration is at the Pillow on arrival day. Eligibility All programs require technically advanced and socially mature dancers with the stamina for eight hours of intensive dancing per day, plus four hours per evening of Festival events, six days per week. Minimum age on arrival is 16. A complete confidential medical history is required on acceptance, noting any conditions that could interfere with full program participation. The School at Jacob’s Pillow is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Jacob’s Pillow encourages and supports diversity in all programs. Program Fees Jacob’s Pillow supporters make it possible to charge dancers far less for programs than the actual cost. The $750/week fee below includes tuition, room, board, seeing ticketed performances, and attendance at other Festival events: $1,500 Ballet and Tap $2,250 Contemporary and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Refund Policy Refunds are granted for medical conditions only, with a physician’s note. Refund schedule: 80% if withdrawal notification is received by three weeks prior to arrival; 60% by one week prior to arrival; 30% by the third program day; and none possible thereafter. Programs and faculty are subject to change. Anna-Marie Holmes & Devon Carney; photo Christopher Duggan. jacobspillow.org 15 How to Apply An Application/Scholarship Packet can be downloaded at jacobspillow.org/education/school • Audition (Video, pg 21 or In Person, pg 22-23) • Follow instructions below carefully to create a complete, reviewable, application • Mail, do not bring to audition, application as instructed on Application Checklist (pg 18) 1. Application Form, typed or legible handwriting, (pg 17 or jacobspillow.org/education/school) 2. Non-Refundable Processing Fee, one per applicant $25 if postmarked by February 14 $40 if postmarked by March 21, (in person audition may occur after this date) $50 if postmarked after March 21, (reviewed as availability permits) 3. Written Statement (2 copies, typed, 1 page maximum, title with your name) Describe: (a) current course of study and/or artistic work (b) career aspirations (c) experiences desired/needed to reach these goals (d) name, title, phone, and email for two dance artists or teachers who can speak about your work 4. Résumé/Vita (2 copies, typed) 5. Photo (label each copy with your name) For Ballet: Full-length first arabesque, women on pointe (2 copies) For Tap and Contemporary: Full-body preferred; headshot accepted (2 copies) For Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance: Headshot (2 copies) 6. Support Documentation (originals are not required) • Professionals: Selected samples of programs, reviews, and articles about your work • If 17 or younger: One current teacher recommendation letter describing: (a) technical and performance artistry (b) stamina to participate in rigorous, professional level classes and rehearsals (c) ability to live and interact responsibly as an adult professional in a diverse artist community (pgs 19-20 or jacobspillow.org/education/school) 7. Scholarship application and attachments, if applicable Contact us with any questions at email@example.com or 1.413.243.9919 x141 16 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 Vanessa Lai; photo Christopher Duggan. APPLICATION FORM Applications are reviewed if all Application Checklist items (pg 18) are attached to this form. I. Applicant (type or print legibly) Name __________________________________________________ _______________________ ____ First Name Middle Name Last/Family Name Address __________________________________________________ __________________________ City ______________________________ State/Region _______ Zip/Postal Code ________ _ Country ___________________ E-mail ________________________________________ ________ Phone: Mobile _______________________ Skype _________________________________ ____ (Include country, city, and area code) Sex: F M Birth Date (mm/dd/yy) ________________________ Age _______ Country of Birth ___________________ Languages ____________________________________ Citizenship(s) _____________________________________________________________________ Current School/Company ___________________________________________________________ If applicable, suggested to apply by _________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ Signature of parent/guardian, required if applicant under 18 Date II. I am applying for (if more than one, number according to preference) Ballet Tap Contemporary Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance III. Audition Information Audition Video (pg 21): DVD Email If known In person audition: City ______________________ Date ___________ Tag # _______ IV. Scholarship Application Attached: V. Yes No Application Processing Fee: $ ____________________ (see How to Apply for amount) Check enclosed, payable to Jacobâ€™s Pillow in U.S. dollars Money order enclosed, payable to Jacobâ€™s Pillow in U.S. dollars Charge to: VISA MasterCard Discover American Express __________________________________________________________________________________ _ __ Card Number CCV# Expiration Date __________________________________________________________________________________ _ __ Name as it appears on the card __________________________________________________________________________________ _ __ Cardholder Billing Address __________________________________________________________________________________ _ __ Cardholder Signature jacobspillow.org 17 APPLICATION CHECKLIST Please assemble in the order listed. Paper clip each section; no staples, folders, or portfolios. Refer to How to Apply (pg 16) for deadlines, fees, and instructions. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Notification by postal mail after April 25. First Clip: Program Application Application Form Written Statement, copy #1 Résumé/Vita, copy #1 Photo, copy #1 Support Documentation, if applicable Audition Video DVD or email, if applicable Second Clip: Scholarship Application, if applicable Scholarship Application Form Written Statement of Need Proof of Annual Income Additional Support Documentation Last Clip: Applicant Profile Written Statement, copy #2 Résumé/Vita, copy #2 Photo, copy #2 Send all materials in one envelope. Do not bring to audition. Mail to: Download the Application Packet: The School at Jacob’s Pillow 358 George Carter Road Becket, MA 01223 USA to express themselves and hone their craft.” Contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.413.243.9919 x141 18 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 a nurturing and inspiring environment for dancers - Michelle Puskas Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program “The School at Jacob’s Pillow is SCHOLARSHIPS Jacob’s Pillow Scholarships Jacob’s Pillow Scholarships are made possible by donations to The School and its endowment. All dancers may apply if able to prove financial need. To help as many dancers as possible, most scholarships are partial. Full scholarships require especially strong evidence of financial need. Scholarship recipients agree to serve as exemplary Pillow community members and fulfill needed campus duties. How to Apply If applicant is a dependent, financial information must be for parent/guardian. 1. Scholarship Application Form, (pg 20 or jacobspillow.org/education/school) 2. Proof of Annual Income U.S. residents: Copy of first page of most recent IRS 1040/1040A form. If exempt from filing, or a non-U.S. resident: copy of earning statements for July, October, and December 2013. 3. Written Statement of Need Describe why financial aid is necessary: Provide clear and accurate information about current employment and financial obligations, such as monthly bills and debt. List additional funding source(s): Excluding the Pillow scholarship request, identify confirmed and pending gifts, grants, loans, or other funding for possible program fee use. If pending, list amount requested and expected notification date. Work experience: List name, title, address, phone number, your position, and earnings for current and past two employers. List previous aid/prizes/grants/scholarship awards: Include granting institution, name of aid/award, amount, and year received. 4. Attach documentation that supports your written statement such as: rental agreements, food stamp registration, debt counciling statements, childcare invoices, scholarship awards, financial aid records, etc. In addition to the above Jacob’s Pillow Scholarships, the named scholarships below will be awarded to exceptionally talented dancers: • Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence (see pg 13) • Marcia Simon Kaplan Scholarship: One full scholarship for a New World School of the Arts student to attend the Contemporary Program. Miami Audition January 10 (see pg 23) • American Dance Guild Erna Lindner-Gilbert/Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship: One full scholarship for a Tap Program applicant. American Dance Guild membership required, americandanceguild.org jacobspillow.org 19 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM All information will be kept confidential. If applicant is a dependent, information must be for parent/guardian. Incomplete scholarship applications will not be considered. (see Scholarships, pg 19, for required attachments) Applicant Name ____________________________________________________________ __________ First Name Middle Name Last/Family Name Scholarship Worksheet Program Fee $ ________________ Amount you can contribute from: $_______________ Savings/income $_______________ Gifts/school awards/other sources $_______________ Pending aid/awards $_________ _ Subtotal of amount able to pay $_______________ Pillow Scholarship request I also meet the eligibility requirements for consideration of the (pg 19): Strassler Award Kaplan Award Pillow/American Dance Guild Primary Support _____________________________________________________________________ (Self, or if dependent, Parent/Guardian name) Address _________________________________________________________________________ Monthly housing payment: $ __________________ Rent Own Occupation ______________________________________________________________________ Employer’s name and phone ______________________________________________________ Secondary Support _________________________________________________________________ __ (Partner, Spouse, or if dependent, Second Parent/Guardian name) Address _________________________________________________________________________ Monthly housing payment: $ __________________ Rent Own Occupation ______________________________________________________________________ Employer’s name and phone ______________________________________________________ Other dependent children and ages ________________________________________________ ____ Debt owed (explain in written statement) $ __________________________________________ _____ My signature below verifies that the above and attached information is true to the best of my knowledge and, if awarded a scholarship, I will be an exemplary Pillow community member, abiding by all campus procedures and completing all assigned campus responsibilities while at Jacob’s Pillow. __________________________________________________________________________________ Signature Date __________________________________________________________________________________ Signature of Parent/Guardian, required if applicant under 18 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 Date 20 AUDITION - VIDEO Online Video Auditions are welcome; required for Ballet, and strongly encouraged for Tap, Contemporary, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance as they ensure that any applicant can be considered, regardless of geographic location. Footage must be: i) relevant to program choice(s), with dancer in appropriate dance attire; ii) shot no more than six months prior to submission, iii) of clear viewing quality, and iv) include a Table of Contents. Submit by: i) Uploading content to YouTube or Vimeo video hosting website and emailing the URL link, and password if applicable, to email@example.com with “2014 School Audition – YOUR NAME, PROGRAM NAME” in subject heading or ii) attach to application, two DVD copies in American NTSC or European PAL: label DVD and its case, with your name, program choice, and date recorded. Please organize digital audition as follows: 1. Brief verbal self-introduction, 1 minute maximum 2. Technique sampler, 10 minutes maximum: (a) Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance: In center floor only include exercises of grand pliés, ronds de jambe, extensions, and balances; followed by across-the-floor progressions of turns, jumps, and leaps. (b) Ballet: include adagio, pirouettes, petit and grand allegro, and at least one full variation. Pointe shoes are required for females; males should include tour en l’air. (c) Tap: include drills and exercises of differing rhythms and styles. (d) Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance: include a brief tap dance, even if beginner level. Females must be in heels for jazz/musical theatre dance portions of video. 3. Performance sampler, 8 minutes maximum: Gabriel Hyman; photo Christopher Duggan. Provide 2-3 variations, improvisations, and/or repertory excerpts, shot in the studio, that demonstrate a range of dynamics, levels, tempos, and styles; and identify choreographers for works shown. 4. Vocals for Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance: Sing 16-bars of two songs, from published musical theatre works, using only the microphone on video camera Contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.413.243.9919 x141 jacobspillow.org 21 AUDITION - IN PERSON Led by internationally-acclaimed artists, Jacob’s Pillow auditions are structured as master classes. Each provides an excellent opportunity to take a professional class, gain audition experience, and learn about The School from Jacob’s Pillow staff. Auditions are open to advanced dancers, ages 15 and up. Wear professional dance attire and arrive on time. Parents, teachers, and friends are not permitted to observe. Expect a fast-paced class with a range of combinations related to the techniques and artistic expectations of the specified Program. You must audition separately for each Program; for example, a Contemporary audition cannot be used for Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance consideration. NOTE: Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance: Auditions cover multiple dance styles; please bring all dance shoes, including tap, and be prepared to dance barefoot. Prepare 16 bars of two songs from published musical theatre works. Bring the sheet music; accompanist provided. better person because of the level of work we have been challenged to achieve.” - Stephanie Card Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program “I have become a better artist and a 22 The School at Jacob’s Pillow 2014 JoVonna Parks, Kassandra Cruz, & Daphne Leel photo Karli Cadel. Auditions United States $15 audition fee, cash only. Contemporary Friday, January 10 – Miami, FL Registration: 4-4:45pm Audition Class: 5-7pm New World School of the Arts Friday, January 24 – New York, NY Registration: 7-7:45pm Audition Class: 8-10pm New York City Center Studios Saturday, February 15 – New York, NY Registration: 12-12:45pm Audition Class: 1-3pm New York City Center Studios Saturday, February 22 – Chicago, IL Registration: 10-10:45am Audition Class: 11am-1pm Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Saturday, March 8 – Long Beach, CA Registration: 12-12:45pm Audition Class: 1-3pm Long Beach Dance Center at LCalifornia State University Sunday, March 9 – Los Angeles, CA Registration: 10-10:45am Audition Class: 11am-1pm Debbie Allen Dance Academy Saturday, March 22 – New York, NY Registration: 12-12:45pm Audition Class: 1-3pm Ripley-Grier Studios Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Sunday, February 16 – New York, NY Registration: 3-3:45pm Audition Class: 4-7pm Ripley-Grier Studios Sunday, February 23 – Chicago, IL Registration: 5-5:45pm Audition Class: 6-9pm American Rhythm Center Sunday, March 9 – Los Angeles, CA Registration: 2-2:45pm Audition Class: 3-6pm Debbie Allen Dance Academy Sunday, March 23 – New York, NY Special Pillow-hosted Workshop Foxwoods Theatre Rehearsal Studios Details will be posted online Sunday, March 23 – New York, NY Registration: 10-10:45am Audition Class: 11am-1pm Foxwoods Theatre Rehearsal Studios Plus International Auditions are listed at jacobspillow.org. Each audition results in one scholarship. International dancers must apply by video for acceptance and scholarship support (pg 21 for details). Conferences/Festivals where dancers can introduce themselves to Pillow staff are listed at jacobspillow.org Video Auditions are encouraged; apply by March 21 for acceptance and/or Strassler Award consideration (pg 21 for details). Tap Sunday, January 26 – New York, NY Registration: 3:30-4pm Audition Class: 4-6pm STEPS on Broadway Sunday, February 16 – New York, NY Registration: 10-10:45am Audition Class: 11am-1pm Ripley-Grier Studios Sunday, February 23 – Chicago, IL Registration: 10:30-11:15am Audition Class: 11:30am-1:30pm American Rhythm Center jacobspillow.org 23 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223 JACOB’S PILLOW DANCE NON-PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID PUTNEY, VT PERMIT NO.1 ok! b’s Pillow” o b e Fac l at Jaco n o o e We’r “The Scho h Searc Watch a video about The School: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Professional Advancement 2014