You've Got One More Week to Win a Chance to Perform at Jacob's Pillow This Summer
IndianRaga, last year's Chance to Dance winner, performs on the Inside/Out Stage. Photo by Noor Eemaan, Courtesy Jacob's Pillow
Summer might seem impossibly far away (especially with so much of the U.S. still in the throes of the latest polar vortex), but it's almost too late to wina chance for your choreography to appear at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival this August.
The submission period for the Pillow's third-annual Chance to Dance contest closes next Friday, February 8. Choreographers can submit a video of their work, up to three minutes in length, to be considered. The public will have a chance to vote for the six semi-finalists selected by the Pillow via PillowTV (aka the Pillow's YouTube channel) March 18–24.
IndianRaga | Chance to Dance contest 2018
This year there's a twist: Instead of just the artists from the top-voted video making the trip to Becket, Massachusetts,this year, the top three finalists will appear at Jacob's Pillow on August 17 to compete on the Inside/Out Stage. The performance will be livestreamed, and viewers at the Pillow and at home will make a final vote to determine the 2019 Chance to Dance winner. It's not wholly clear whether the ultimate winner will get anything other than bragging rights—and since the top three get to go to the Pillow anyway, we're thinking this is one case where it really is just an honor to be nominated.
Check out submission criteria and apply here. See you at the Pillow!
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.