Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, Massachusetts is an American Dance Treasure that houses a dance school, an international dance festival, an American modern dance archives dating back to 1894 and maintains an extensive interconnectivity to dance in communities around the world. To say when attending a performance, workshop or class at the Pillow that you are walking where dance legends have jeté’d is no joke. Ted Shawn established Jacob’s Pillow in 1933 with a group of dancers, and irrevocably changed the course of American dance (Jacobspillow.org). Jacob’s Pillow is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times).
Senior Dance BFA, Natalie Bellamy discovered this phenomenon firsthand while attending the Musical Theatre Dance Intensive during the summer of 2018. After learning about Jacobs Pillow in Dance History with her professor and mentor BFA Dance Coordinator, Tracey Bonner, she never dreamed she would be given the opportunity to study one on one with the innumerable teachers and artists, as well as get to perform side by side with them.
"The Pillow is changing my world!" Natalie said. "I saw the Limon Dance Company and was sitting right next to their Artistic Director! This experience has changed my life in ways that I can’t even put into words. I feel so lucky!”
On August 19, 2018, Natalie along with the other musical theatre intensive students made their Pillow debut, performing a new musical composed by Stephen Schwartz and choreographed by Broadway legend Chet Walker. The Pillow is often a launching pad for artists of various skills levels, including ballet, modern, and musical theatre.
NKU is proud of Natalie as she is the first BFA Dance major from SOTA to be selected for such a prestigious opportunity.