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Performing with Honji Wang at Jacob's Pillow; photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Celebrated New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns has recently been exploring collaborative possibilities with dance artists outside ballet. Just this year she was guest artist with Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Company, and performed on Broadway in her husband Joshua Bergasse's choreography for I Married an Angel. This summer she appeared in a highly anticipated series of cross-genre collaborations at Jacob's Pillow, titled Beyond Ballet, with Honji Wang of the French hip-hop duo Company Wang Ramirez, postmodern dance artist Jodi Melnick, choreographer Christopher Williams and more. Here she speaks with DT about the effects of her explorations.

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The Perles Family Studio at Jacob's Pillow Dance by Flansburgh Architects. Photo by Robert Benson, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Jacob's Pillow Dance's new Perles Family Studio is finally open for business. Announced last fall, the 3,500-square-foot studio was constructed in under a year. It will be the new home for The School at Jacob's Pillow and provide additional performance space for the festival's many visiting artists.

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Photo by Michael Avilez, courtesy of Chrissie Leong

In Take the Lead, actor Antonio Banderas wins over a group of reluctant inner-city students with a racy tango performance. While the 2006 film was inspired by Pierre Dulaine, ballroom dancer and founder of Dancing Classrooms, teaching in a public school is rarely as easy as it looks in the movies. From financial challenges to lack of administrative support and parental involvement, public-school teaching differs greatly from the studio environments in which most dance educators began their own training. We asked several public-school teachers to share their passion for the hardest job they've ever done. —Kat Richter

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Camille A. Brown. Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Jacob's Pillow has a long-standing tradition of showcasing the best in dance each summer in Becket, Massachusetts. But did you know that the festival, founded in 1933 by Ted Shawn, offers more than just great live performances? Check out the exhibits, talks and community classes being offered this summer.

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Joseph Wiggan and Josette Wiggan-Freund in Harmony: Tap in Motion. Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

This summer at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, tap program director Michelle Dorrance curated a mixed repertory program that showcased the best of the best in tap innovation. Four extremely diverse acts graced the stage of the Ted Shawn Theatre for a one-of-a-kind tap extravaganza. Here are three of our favorite tap trends that we hope to see much more of.

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Jacob's Pillow just named Liz Lerman as recipient of this year's Dance Award (which comes with a $25,000 cash prize). If you've never familiarized yourself with Lerman's work, now's a great time to get acquainted with her particular brand of community engagement, creative research and interdisciplinary practice. Although she left the company she founded, Dance Exchange, in 2010, much of the work she created there remains synonymous with her multigenerational, research-driven style.

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Jacob's Pillow students take a class taught by summer faculty member Xiomara Reyes. Photo by Hayim Heron, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Jacob's Pillow, the historic Becket, Massachusetts–based dance festival established by Ted Shawn in the 1930s, has announced the construction of a new permanent dance studio. The 3,500-square-foot Perles Family Studio will house the year-round School at Jacob's Pillow and provide additional performance space during the annual Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival each summer. Construction is underway, and the studio is set for completion at the end of the 2017 festival.

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

Check out rare footage filmed at Jacob’s Pillow, America’s longest running dance festival, dating as far back as the 1930s. From the celebration of the male dancer in Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers to the present-day tap dance pyrotechnics of Dorrance Dance, this is a diverse collection you can rarely find in one location. danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org

A screenshot of 3e Scène

3e Scène

Immerse yourself in the heart of Paris through Paris Opéra Ballet’s virtual arts platform 3e Scène (3rd Stage). Its numerous videos feature original work by choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, photographers, writers and musicians, often showcasing the company dancers or the Palais Garnier opera house. New content is uploaded periodically. operadeparis.fr/en/3e-scene

New York Public Library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division Audio and Moving Image Archive

The New York Public Library has a gold mine of more than 25,000 film and video titles, where you can discover dance treasures like the career highlights of Mikhail Baryshnikov, the choreographic investigations of game changers like Yvonne Rainer, archival footage of the legendary Denishawn dance school and many performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. digitalcollections.nypl.org/dancevideo

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