Tap is Where it’s At: A Day in the Life at Jacobs Pillow

We are incredibly proud of our Tap Teacher, Miss Laura, who attended one of  America’s most prestigious training centers, Jacob’s Pillow. Through her immersive  experience, she refined her technique, artistic development and brought back tools to  transform her teaching.

Jacob’s Pillow has been described as pivotal, immersive, creative, and inquisitive. In  fact, their mission statement is “to support dance creation, presentation, education, and  preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance.”  When we learned that one of our instructors, Miss Laura, was spending her summer at  Jacob’s Pillow Professional Advancement Programs, we wanted all the details. This is a  little bit about her experience and a day in the life at Jacob’s Pillow.  

“This summer I was honoured to be accepted into the School of Jacob’s Pillow  2021 Tap Dance Performance Ensemble. Only 11 dancers from around the world  were accepted into this program where we lived on campus, immersed in dance  all day, every day for two weeks.  

Jacob’s Pillow is America’s longest-running dance festival located in the heart of  the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts. In the daytime, I was in the studio  studying with the directors Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia and Derick Grant, three  of the most influential important tap dance artists of this generation; they taught  technique classes, set choreography on us and facilitated improv classes all while mentoring each and every student along the way. Jason Samuels Smith  and LaTasha Barnes were also a part of the faculty, and we took classes from  them as well. After the 4 classes and dinner time, we attended career  discussions with alumni of the school, and attended festival performances. I got  to see Dallas Black Ballet Theatre and LaTasha Barnes’ Jazz Continuum, both  absolutely amazing! When we had “free time” we were jamming or practicing … a  lot!!! We also got to spend time in the archives, a library filled to the brim with  dance history to do personal research. We also performed each week to the  school’s supporters, company directors and a worldwide streamed audience!  

This experience was once in a lifetime, and it has helped me improve and grow  as an artist so much already. I will take the lessons I learned there with me for a  very long time.”

The power of dance and the positive impact it has on our students and teachers creates  a ripple effect in the community. The artistic growth Miss Laura experienced  undoubtedly will motivate, uplift, and inspire the next generation of dancers. To learn  more about Jacob’s Pillow, ask Miss Laura about her experience. The organization also  hosts numerous virtual experiences and events that can be enjoyed online. A huge  congratulations goes out to Miss Laura for her hard work and for following her dreams.  We are very proud to have her on our team. 

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