Want to Perform at Jacob's Pillow?

Between now and the end of October, Jacob's Pillow is accepting applications from dance groups for its 2013 Inside/Out Series, offering free public dance performances in a variety of styles every Wednesday through Saturday night during the Festival's season.

 

One group performs each evening and is given about 35 minutes of time on the Pillow's famous outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage. Past shows have included Hawaiian, Indian and African dance, along with contemporary, ballet, tap, hip hop, theater dance and ballroom.

 

Make sure you film a video of the entire piece you hope to present, since excerpts are not accepted with the application. Check out the details here.

 

 

 

Photo: Boston Tap Company, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

 

 


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