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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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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 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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The Boston Conservatory announces its first-ever full-time hip-hop faculty member. Duane Lee Holland Jr. currently serves as visiting assistant professor at his alma mater University of Iowa. He joins Boston Conservatory’s dance division this fall, to teach the primarily classically trained conservatory students full-time and offer electives to students of Berklee College of Music (which Boston Conservatory merged with this year).

Holland danced with Rennie Harris Puremovement, where he later served as assistant artistic director. He has also taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Broadway Dance Center and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and he served as assistant choreographer for Maurice Hines’ Broadway show Hot Feet.

Photo by Ben Viatori, courtesy of Holland

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Choreographer and director Camille A. Brown (DT, August 2015) has been awarded the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. In addition to an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize, the honor comes with a residency and performing engagement at the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award was created in 2007. Previous awardees include Merce Cunningham, Michelle Dorrance (DT, May 2012) and Kyle Abraham.

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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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