An Asian man sits on a stool at the front of a ballet studio, wearing a mask, clapping his hands together.

How to Cope With Summer Intensive Rejection

There’s something uniquely crushing about summer intensive rejection. Perhaps it’s because it’s the first time many students have ever experienced this kind of rebuff. Or perhaps it’s simply hard to not think, If I can’t even get into the summer program, how am I ever going to be good enough to make it in dance?

Every Day is a Performance at The School at Jacob's Pillow

Since she was little, Hannah Kravec, 16, had been watching videos of dancers she revered perform on the Inside/Out stage, a serene venue overlooking the Berkshire mountains on the campus of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Suddenly last summer, she was dancing on it herself as a student in the school’s tap program. “It was […]

The Week-Long Intensives That Offer a Taste of L.A. Dance Life

As Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” blasts through the speakers, choreographer and teacher Amy Morgan leads seven students through a heels routine. “There needs to be more urgency to the movement,” she insists, reminding them to “come up with the booty” after a slinky crouch to the floor in their fiercely vertiginous stilettos. Classes […]

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