ADG Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship 2018

Dancers are encouraged to apply for our annual scholarship to the renowned summer dance school at Jacob’s Pillow.

American Dance Guild/Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship 2018

  • One full scholarship to attend the 2018  in-depth, two-week program in Gaga: The Movement Language of Ohad Naharin. American Dance Guild membership is required: regular $60/yr ; students $30/yr.
  • Please contact Gloria McLean at ADG ( or call 212-874-6947 leave message) to express your intention to apply and audition.
  • Audition is through Jacob’s Pillow: contact or call 413.243.9919 for more information and audition dates.

This is a great annual opportunity for young dancers provided by the board of the American Dance Guild in collaboration with Jacobs Pillow. It was formerly known as the Erna Lindner-Gilbert Scholarship, and the Fannie Weiss scholarship, in honor of the women former members who founded the scholarship.

About the workshop: Gaga: The Movement Language of Ohad Naharin, June 25-July 8
Gaga is an innovative movement language created by Ohad Naharin, hailed as one of the world’s most preeminent contemporary choreographers. Honed through his work as Artistic Director of Israel-based Batsheva Dance Company, Gaga has far-reaching influence on current dance training internationally, as a rigorous and empowering language for dancers to discover the many and varied nuances of their moving bodies and imaginations.
Two former Batsheva Dance Company members, now Gaga senior instructors, will guide this multi-sensory, physically challenging, two-week immersive experience for dancers to directly connect to the intent and expressive powers of Gaga. Each day will begin with a Gaga/dancers class, similar to the ones given to the Batsheva Dance Company. Repertory rehearsals will require applying Gaga principles to deeply research and embody Naharin’s choreography. A Gaga Methodics session concludes the day for dancers to deepen their research and ability to use and understand fundamental elements of the language. Each week features a master class and career-building discussion with Festival artists, including one with Mr. Naharin, as well as Open Rehearsals for Festival audiences, held on the iconic outdoor stage, on June 30 and July 7.
For 25 dancers at an advanced pre-professional or professional level, age 18 and up.
For more information, visit

Scholarship Opportunities

Former recipients of the ADG/JP scholarship:

2017 –  Megan Davis – Tap Program with Michelle Dorrance

2016 – Katrina Sarah Miller – Improv Traditions: From Ringshout to Blues with UBW

2015 – Demetrius Burns – Social Dances: Jazz to Hip Hop with Camille A. Breown & E. Moncell Durden

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Audition for Ballet dancers of color at Philadanco Jan. 2016


ADG wishes to celebrate JODY ARNHOLD and her work bringing dance to public education for the last twenty years.  It’s all wonderfully highlighted in this new film, PS DANCE!   on Channel 13 on May 15 at 10:30 pm.  Don’t miss it!

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Denishawn Centennial

Ruth St. Denis as Radha

Johannes Holub, known for his dance videography including the ADG’s New Dance Group Gala Video which is chock full of vintage dances, has produced a new website:

You’ll be delighted to discover new photos and memorabilia on Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn and their famous Denishawn school and company.Ted Shawn, Minotaur

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ADG @ Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out 2014

Inside Out Series
Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:15 PM
The American Dance Guild is pleased to present five choreographers from its 2013 Festival to perform in the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series on Friday, June 20th, at 6:15 pm on the outdoor stage. Jacob’s Pillow is the home of America’s longest running summer school for Modern Dance in Becket, MA, and was a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts by President Obama. The Inside/Out Series offers free outdoor
performances prior to the events on the Main Stages.

As the oldest service organization of modern dance and long-time advocate for dance artists and teachers, the American Dance Guild is pleased to merge its long history with that of the Pillow.
Works and choreographers on the program are:
Terrain by Sue Bernhard
A Cuddy Project by Yung-Li Chen
Crosscurrents by Rebecca Rice
Garten by Michael Cerwinski
The Promise of Rest by Sasha Spielvogel
Together they bring a company of over 15 dancers and musicians to the Inside/Out stage, showing five unique individual choreographic visions.
Also…Please mark your calendars for:
ADG Bare Bones Festival: June 27, 28, 2014 at University Settlement,
184 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002 NYC.
ADG Festival 2014: Dec. 4-7 at Ailey Theatre, NYC, honoring Douglas Dunn, choreographer, and Joan Myers Brown, founder of Philadanco, with Lifetime Achievement Awards, and featuring works of 30-35 choreographers!
Call for choreographic submissions due date extended to July 3, 2014.
Yung-Li Chen in A Cuddy Project

(photo: TeFan Wang)

by Michael Cerwinski
(photo: Whitney Browne)

Sasha Spielvogel’s The Promise of Rest

(photo: Whitney Browne)

by Sue Bernhard
(photo: Whitney Browne)
Crosscurrents by Rebecca Rice
(photo: Whitney Browne)

A National Historic Landmark and National Medal of Arts recipient, Jacob’s Pillow is home to America’s longest running dance festival, located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. This summer, the Pillow will host its 82nd world-renowned dance Festival, June 14 through August 24.

For travel directions by car, bus, train, taxi, ticketing for main stage shows, and general information:

Gloria McLean, President – Tina Croll, Vice President – Lance Westergard, Treasurer Mary Seidman, Secretary – Sue Bernhard and Kaoru Ikeda, Producing Committee

320 W 83, #7D
New York, NY 10024

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Making Music for Modern Dance

Making Music for Modern Dance: Colalboration in the Formative Years of  a New American Art, by Katherine Teck

This is a terrific new book on music and dance, a must for choreographers, dancers, teachers, musicians – anyone interested in the rich, creative invstigations that took place between modern dance and music. Katherine Teck has brought together primary source materials, many quite rare or previously unavailable – from Dalcroze to Dlugoszewski, Ernestine Stodelle to Lou Harrison, Henry Cowell to Nora Guthrie TO John Cage.  This is a huge contribution.  Read more and and order below.

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Rudy Perez


ADG hoped that Rudy Perez would be able to join us to perform at last year’s festival at Ailey’s, but alas the 84 year-old choreographer who lives is Los Angeles was not in good health at the time. Now we’d like to share a recent article, with video, about Rudy’s work over his extraordinary 60 years in dance, from classes with Graham, to the Judson revolution and early days of Dance Theatre Workshop, this tireless artist shows the way of dancing for a lifetime.  Please take a look here:

(posted by Gloria McLean July 8, 2013

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Branching Out – our oral history

Have your read our book?

“Branching Out: Oral Histories of the Founders of Six National Dance Organization” was written by Margot C. Lehman and Marilynn Danitz (both former Presidents) and Katja Pylyshenko Kolcio.

“Branching Out was an excellent choice for my course ‘Philosophy and Criticism of Dance’.  I will continue to tell others about this wonderful and most valuable source.”

These are the words of  Chrystelle Trump Bond, Professor of Dance, Founding Chair of the Dance Department of Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

“Branching Out” tells the stories of the Guild and the organizations that emerged from it through interviews with the radical educators and artists who founded these seminal associations.

American Dance Guild: Lucile Brahms Nathanson, Bonnie Bird, Bernice Rosen, Joseph Gifford, Carole I. Binswanger, Fannie Isquith, Erna Caplow Lindner, Carolyn Bilderback.

American Dance Therapy Association:  Marian Chace, Catherine Hamilton pasternak, Sharon Chaiklin, Claire Schmai, Beth Kalish-Weiss.

American College Dance Festival Association:  Lydia Joel, Jeanne hays Beaman, Adam A. Pinsker.

Dance Critics Assocation:  Marcia B. Siegel, Deborah Joweitt

Congress on Research in Dance:  Patricia A. Rowe, Jennette S. Roosevelt, Binnie Nird & Lucille Nathanson

Society of Dance History Scholars:  Constance Kreemer, Selma Jeanne Cohen, Genevieve Oswald, Jeanette S. Roosevelt.

These stories make our dance history human. They’ll keep you reading. Like eating potato chips, once you start, you can’t stop. Who was the real force behind the Lincoln Center dance Collection? How did dance communicate to institutionalized schizophrenics? Where did you have to go to see dance in the early ’40s?  Find the answers and much, much more.

Cost: $25  Purchase through the website or contact me:

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

I want to share a new dance history resource – a free online video collection.  The footage available on the website features performances that have taken place at the festival from 1937 – 2010.  Much of this footage is quite rare and only otherwise available at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Archives in Becket, MA.  JP Director of Preservation, Norton Owen, curates the website.  Each entry includes a video clip, an informative paragraph describing the dancer/choreographer, and a paired photograph.  Check it out here:

posted by GM

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Tribute to Jack Cole

Los Angeles–based dance critic and arts journalist Debra Levine (Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, will co–host a special tribute to the influential dance maker Jack Cole (1911–1974) on Turner Classic Movies. The four–film tribute will be broadcast on September 10, 2012 starting at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). Ms. Levine joins TCM’s veteran host Robert Osborne to provide commentary.

From 1941 to 1962, Cole pioneered American jazz dance as an art form in Hollywood films. He contributed dance sequences to 30 movies at Columbia Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Metro Goldwyn Mayer, some credited, some not. Cole left behind a celluloid track record of outstanding filmed dance sequences with highly diverse themes, all with a recognizable Cole brand that is uncannily contemporary.

TCM schedule for September 10, 2012:

Tonight & Every Night (1945), 8 pm (ET), 5 pm (PT)
Columbia Studios, 1945 dir Victor Saville
Rita Hayworth, Lee Bowman, Janet Blair, Marc Platt

On the Riviera (1951) 10 pm (ET), 7 pm (PT)
Twentieth Century Fox, dir Walter Lang
Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Gwen Verdon

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1952), 11:45 pm (ET), 8:45 pm (PT)
Twentieth Century Fox, dir Howard Hawks
Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell

Les Girls (MGM, 1957) 1:30 am (ET), 11:30 pm (PT)
Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, dir George Cukor
Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Mitzi Gaynor, Gene Kelly

Who was Jack Cole?

Born in New Brunswick in 1911, Jack Cole’s extraordinary career as a top American dancer/choreographer began with pioneering modern–dance troupe, Denishawn. His innovative nightclub act, Jack Cole and his Dancers, toured the nation’s night clubs starting around 1933. In the mid 1940s in Los Angeles, Cole began a 20–year run as a brilliant and innovative Hollywood choreographer, crafting ingenious customized dance sequences for stars like Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable and others. Cole coached the stars not only in movement but also in song and line delivery. Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Levine called Cole’s “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) “a delicious confection, a piece of Hollywood perfection.” Jack Cole died at age 62 in Los Angeles in 1974.

About Debra Levine

Former modern dancer Debra Levine, a graduate of the City University of New York, is a Los Angeles arts writer specialized in dance. She blogs about film and dance at The Pittsburgh native has lived in New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tel Aviv, nurturing her arts passion in all cities. Her criticism and feature writing are published in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Dance Magazine.

Levine’s significant writing about Jack Cole includes:

Levine spoke about Jack Cole at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 2010 symposium on the choreographer. She was a Scholar in Residence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2011. She was a Fellow at the NEA Classical Music & Opera Institute at Columbia University in New York. She was a Fellow at the NEA Dance Criticism Institute at the American Dance Festival at Duke University. In August 2009 she led the successful grassroots campaign to save the 40–year–running classic film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Grants from the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation and Elizabeth Levitt Hirsch have supported Debra’s research into Los Angeles dance history.

Contact: Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications, 310–899–2727, or

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FESTIVAL 2012 article in Dance Teachers Magazine

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