Pacific Northwest Ballet's Leta Biasucci dancing in a rainforest. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet

To create a multimedia piece that premiered at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in 2014, choreographer Andrew Bartee filmed Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers performing in vastly different surroundings, all within Olympic National Park. While dancing in a rainforest, on a snow-covered mountaintop and along a pebbly beach—all during the making of one project—may seem extreme, dancers don't have to travel far to encounter the challenges of unfamiliar settings.

Whether on pavement, under blinding sunlight, on a chilly outdoor stage or at high elevation, students need your help to meet environmental challenges with confidence. Dancers and choreographers who have performed in atypical settings shared their best tips with Dance Teacher.

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The deadline to apply to perform in the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series is in two days, on October 31. Don’t miss your chance to dance on the historic Henry J. Leir Stage outdoors in the beautiful Berkshire Hills! The festival goes from June 22 to August 28, 2016, in Becket, MA. Performances occur every Wednesday–Saturday night during the festival.

The Inside/Out Series is free and open to public. It is a treasured Jacob’s Pillow tradition that showcases new and established artists and exposes audience members to a wide variety of dance in an informal setting.

New this year: the Inside/Out Series is accepting applications for works that include audience engagement, work-in-progress proposals and educational elements.

The season lineup for the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will be announced in December and the Inside/Out Series performers will be announced in April. Stay tuned!

For more info, visit: jacobspillow.org. To apply, click here.

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