School at Jacob's Pillow slates NY auditions


BECKET >> The School at Jacob's Pillow will hold auditions in New York for two 2016 professional advancement programs — Contemporary, and Improv Traditions & Innovations: From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz.

Auditions are scheduled for Friday, and Feb. 13 and March 13 at New York City Center Studios, 130 W. 56th St. and Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave. in Brooklyn.

Led by internationally-acclaimed dance artists in a master class format, no cuts are made during the auditions, providing an opportunity for dancers to take a full professional class, gain audition experience, and learn more about The School at Jacob's Pillow.

Dancers will audition for the opportunity to work closely with renowned artists such as Contemporary Program guest choreographers Ballet BC resident choreographer Cayetano Soto, Colombo-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Belgian designer and choreographer Stijn Celis.

The Improv Traditions & Innovations guest artists will include Harvard University PhD candidate Lizzy Cooper Davis and two-time Fullbright Fellow Award recipient Nia Love, among others.

Milton Myers, faculty member of The Ailey School and Juilliard, will lead the Contemporary Program in his 30th year.

Improv Traditions & Innovations — From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz will be led by Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

Program participants train six days a week with world renowned artists, attend Festival performances and master classes, study in the internationally regarded archives, and live on the historically significant grounds of Jacob's Pillow.

Alumni of The School have appeared in Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" on Broadway, and in major companies worldwide. Last year, 29 alumni of The School returned as Festival artistic directors, choreographers and performers.

Contemporary Program auditions are open to advanced dancers, ages 15 and up. Improv Traditions & Innovations Program auditions are open to curious choreographic-minded dance artists, ages 18 and up. No pre-registration is required. Dancers below the age of 18 will require a waiver to be signed by a guardian. A $15 cash fee is required for all audition participants.

The School at Jacob's Pillow is offering Musical Theatre Dance Workshops and Master Classes for performers to be coached, receive feedback, and increase their professional network under the director of award winning choreographers, vocal coaches, and music directors. Auditions for this program are by video only.

Video audition details can be found online at

If applicants are unable to attend the New York auditions, video auditions are highly encouraged as they are given the same consideration as in-person auditions.

Specific audition guidelines, a full audition schedule, 2016 program details and complete application guidelines are available online at

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When: Friday

Registration: 6-6:45 p.m.

Audition class: 7-9 p.m.

Where: New York City Center Studios, 130 West 56th St., Manhattan

When: Satrday, Feb. 13

Registration: 10-10:45 a.m.

Audition class: 11am-1pm

Where: New York City Center Studios

When: Sunday, March 13

Registration: 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Audition class: Noon-2pm

Where: Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn


When: Saturday, Feb. 13

Registration: 3-3:45 p.m.

Audition class: 4-6 p.m.

Where: New York City Center Studios

When: Sunday, March 13

Registration: 3-3:45 p.m.

Audition class: 4-6 p.m.

Where: Mark Morris Dance Center


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