Watch a Jacob's Pillow Documentary on PBS Tonight
It's that magical time of year when the little town of Becket, MA is transformed into a dance paradise. The Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival is in full swing, and a crazy number of the world's best dancers have descended on the bucolic Pillow complex in the Berkshires.
Jacob's Pillow Dance has a pretty incredible history. It was founded in the 1930s by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn, and since then has hosted all kinds of notable dance names, from Martha Graham to Mikhail Baryshnikov to Mark Morris to Trey McIntyre.
Last year, director Ron Honsa released Dancing At Jacob's Pillow: Never Stand Still, a documentary tracing the Pillow's story. And he got all kinds of dance luminaries to share their Pillow love. The film is narrated by Bill T. Jones and features conversations with the likes of Suzanne Farrell, Merce Cunningham (it was one of the last interviews he gave), Paul Taylor and Rasta Thomas. There's also lots of great dance footage, of course—new and old.
PBS will air Never Stand Still tonight at 9 pm EST (check your local listings). Set your DVRs—or watch the program online here following the broadcast.
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Every ballet dancer knows the time, sweat, and occasional tears the art form demands. But many non-dancers are clueless about just how much work a ballet dancer puts into perfecting his or her dancing. So when the mainstream crowd recognizes our crazy work ethic, we'll accept the round of applause any way it comes—even if it comes via four men in tutus. Yep, we're talking about "The Try Guys Try Ballet" video.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns is some SERIOUS #goals. Her strength and power onstage borders on superhuman. But what's extra magical about Mearns is that she really puts in the fitness and cross-training work outside of the rehearsal studio. And she's overcome her fair share of injuries. Which is why she was the perfect source for Vogue's latest ballet fitness story.
Remember that fabulous old-school clip of dancers tapping in pointe shoes that Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo brought to our attention back in March? As we mentioned then, toe-tap dancing was actually super popular back in the 1920s and 30s—which means there are more videos where that one came from. And because #ToeTapTuesday has a nice ring to it, we thought we'd take this opportunity to introduce you to Dick and Edith Barstow, a toe-tapping brother and sister duo from that era who are nothing short of incredible: