The Jacob's Pillow Lineup Is Here, Which Means We're One Step Closer to Summer

Now that the holidays are over and we're all headed back to school (and work), the days can seem a little dreary. (There are how many more months of snow, wind and freezing rain ahead?) But here's something to ward off the winter blues: Jacob's Pillow has released its 2015 Dance Festival lineup, which means summertime is a lot closer than it seems. Even better? This season's programming is utterly ahmahzing.

American Ballet Theatre's Daniil Simkin and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal's Céline Cassone looking fantabulous—as per usual (photo by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory of NYC Dance Project)

Any Daniil Simkin fans in the house? Yeah, I thought so. The American Ballet Theatre principal will star in the Jacob's Pillow Season Opening Gala, along with students from the Pillow's summer ballet program, in a premiere choreographed by BalletX's Matthew Neenan. Later in the season, Simkin will also headline a gala program called Intensio—featuring four world premieres—alongside fellow ABTers Isabella Boylston, Hee Seo, Calvin Royal III and James Whiteside, as well as Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal's Céline Cassone. (You can pick your jaw up off the floor now.)

But wait! There's more. While there are way too many dance events (literally hundreds) to list, highlights include Ballet BC,  BODYTRAFFIC, Dorrance Dance, Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, L.A. Dance Project, Daniel Ulbricht and Stars of American Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company and so. much. more.

Feeling warmer yet? Check out the Jacob's Pillow website for details.

Latest Posts


Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo courtesy of Brittany Conigatti

Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti


Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search