Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2014The New York Times calls the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival “the dance center of the nation” and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would disagree with that.

Started by modern dance pioneer Ted Shawn in the 1930’s, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is America’s longest-running dance festival, has been designated a National Historic Landmark, and is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.

Jacob’s Pillow Farm, named after a large, pillow shaped rock on the property of this rural Massachusetts acreage (the zig zag road leading to the farm was referred to as “Jacob’s Ladder” so … ), was purchased by Ted Shawn in 1931 as a retreat for the first US, male dance company. Ted Shawn hoped to help expand the role of men in modern dance and ended up not only doing so but also establishing a far greater appreciation and awareness of modern dance in the US in general.

Held each year at Jacob’s Pillow in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival hosts a wealth of international dance performances, talks, tours, exhibits, workshops, and more. The Jacob’’s Pillow Dance Festival has been instrumental in training and educating generations of dancers, choreographers, administrators, and instructors of dance theory, history, and technique.

Like those that have come before, the 2014 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival promises to be an amazing celebration of dance performance. The full list of events is too lengthy to include here but you can find a detailed schedule with tickets and more online at the festival site.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014

June 14 through August 24

Lodging in the Berkshires for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Whenever you’re in the Berkshires, please consider Applegate Inn your home away from home. With our convenient location, you’re set to explore the Berkshires by car, on foot, bike, or what have you. Just minutes from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Center, Tanglewood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Theater Festival, the Barrington Stage Company; staying with us puts you in the center of the action, yet we’re secluded enough that you’ll find we make the perfect quiet retreat as well. We look forward to seeing you!