Jacob's Pillow Opens 3rd Annual Chance To Dance Contest With New, Live Competition Component

Jacob's Pillow seeks dance artists across all genres to enter the third annual Chance to Dance viewers' choice contest, a crowd-sourced online competition that lets dance fans around the world decide who will be invited to compete at America's longest-running dance festival. New this year, the top three finalists with the most online votes will travel to Jacob's Pillow for a live competition scored in real time by audience members and online fans via live-stream.

What: The Chance to Dance contest is a crowd-sourced online competition that gives dance fans from around the world a say in who is invited to compete as a finalist at Jacob's Pillow and ultimately who will win the Chance to Dance contest held as a part of Inside/Out at Jacob's Pillow, during Festival 2019. Last year, 96 artists from 27 different states submitted applications, with Boston-based, contest winner IndianRaga receiving more than 1,000 likes and 6,000 views.

This year, the Pillow is calling for submissions from dancers and choreographers in the United States and from around the globe. After an internal review, six semi-finalists will be selected and voted on the Pillow's YouTube channel, PillowTV. Based on those votes, the top three finalists will compete live at Inside/Out on August 17, 2019 at 6:15pm EST, where audiences will be able to vote for their favorite both on-site and online via livestream.

How: Applicants can submit a sample video of their work to the Jacob's Pillow website January 22-February 8; submissions will close on February 8 at 11:59pm EST. Video submissions must be no more than three minutes in length. Content of submissions must be family-friendly and suitable for an outdoor proscenium stage. All submissions will go through an internal selection process that narrows applicants down to six semi-finalists. The six semi-finalists' videos will be posted on PillowTV, the Jacob's Pillow YouTube page, and will be open for public voting from March 18-24.

To learn more and apply visit: www.jacobspillow.org/chance-to-dance

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