Free family friendly tours, performances, classes at Jacob’s Pillow June 11

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Following the success of last year’s Community Day, Jacob’s Pillow, the home to America’s longest-running dance festival, and recipient of the National Medal of Arts, again hosts their pre-Festival Community Day with free, family-friendly dance classes, performances, and activities beginning at noon on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Community Day is free and open to the public, all-ages welcome. The event is like so many events all summer long – free and open to the public, all-ages welcome. It starts at noon and ends at 3pm. Jacob’s Pillow is located at 358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA 01223.

A campus-wide event, the festivities will include free dance classes for participants of all ages in varying dance styles, as well as a special children’s beginning ballet class taught by Berkshire Pulse instructor Sarah Daunt. Chuck Paquette, faculty member of Williams College and Berkshire Dance Theatre, will teach an all levels Modern Class in the historic Sommers Studio at noon followed by an all-levels Zumba class taught by certified Zumba instructor Rachael Plaine. All Community Day participants will have the opportunity to learn a hip-hop combination at the outdoor Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space from Berkshire-based company dysFUNKcrew and Berkshire Dance Theatre.

Family-friendly Inside/Out performances will occur on the breathtaking Henry J. Leir Stage in the Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space throughout the day, featuring performances by local Berkshire County dance companies including Olga Dunn Dance Company, Berkshire Pulse, Earthdance, dysFUNKcrew & Berkshire Dance Theatre, and a special collaboration between Albany Berkshire Ballet and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Jacob's Pillow Community Day. Photo Evan Gunter.

Jacob’s Pillow Community Day. Photo Evan Gunter.

A full schedule of dance-themed children’s activities will also be available including story time, games, scavenger hunts, and historic tours led by Jacob’s Pillow staff members and tailored for smaller attention spans.

Throughout the day, designs submitted to the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival youth t-shirt contest will be on display in the Tea Garden outside the Bakalar Studio. The contest was open to elementary school students in the towns of Becket, Lee, and Otis. All submissions will be displayed, including that of contest winner Kelly Couch of Farmington River Elementary School. Couch’s design appears on the Festival 2016 youth t-shirt, and is available for purchase at The Pillow Store.

Both The Pillow Store and No. Six Depot Snack & Coffee Bar, a new onsite location at Jacob’s Pillow this year, will be open for Community Day. Pillow staff will also be offering tours of the historic grounds throughout the day.

For a full schedule and more information about Community Day at Jacob’s Pillow, please visit: http://www.jacobspillow.org/festival/JacobsPillowDance_2016CommunityEvents.pdf

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