Dance Up Close: An Ongoing Series of Video Playlists


The BU Dance program acknowledges that dance is a reflection of the social and cultural fabric that surrounds us as seen through the eyes and imagination of choreographers and dancers. We pay tribute to their vision and welcome this time to widen our lens and look more closely.

Jacob’s Pillow offers curated playlists of past performances under specific themes, such as Women Together, Queer Dance Companies, Distinctive Costumes, and Indigenous Dance of the Americas. Each month, we will feature a new playlist to enjoy!

Date Playlist
September 29, 2020 21st Century Black Choreographers: Part 1
October 13, 2020 Latinx Heritage Month
November 2, 2020 21st Century Black Choreographers: Part 2
December 1, 2020 BIPOC in Aerial Arts
December 14, 2020 20th Century Black Dancers and Choreographers: Part 1
February 8, 2021 Black History Month: Black Dance Companies
March 8, 2021 Indigenous Dance
April 7, 2021 Asian American Choreographers & Companies
May 12, 2021 Hip Hop’s History: An Introduction
June 21, 2021 Tap Icons
July 27, 2021 Asian Contemporary and Ballet Companies
September 7, 2021 20th Century Black Dancers
November 4, 2021 Queer Dance Companies
September 20, 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month

On-Campus Viewing

Off-Campus Viewing

October 1, 2022 Distinctive Costumes
November 1, 2022 Native American Heritage Month
December 1, 2022 Large Ensembles
February 1, 2023 Black Voices
March 1, 2023 Women Together
St. Patrick’s Day 2023 Irish Step Dancing Throwback


Jacob’s Pillow Dance Stream
Now available through BU Libraries to anyone with a BU email address.
You can access an ever-growing collection of full-length dance videos from the Jacob’s Pillow Archives. Immerse yourself in dance videos from the world-renowned Jacob’s Pillow. Watch recent performances by top national and international dance companies working in a range of movement styles including contemporary, ballet, tap, and traditional forms; in-depth interviews with artists and experts in the dance field; historic films of Denishawnand Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers; and more.
From anywhere on campus, you can access through:
From off-campus, you can access through:
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