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As I was doing some research in anticipation of my road trip to Jacob’s Pillow this weekend–to attend Restless Creature at the Ted Shawn Theatre–I found this awesome pic of the founder taking care of some household chores. It turns out dancers extending themselves in everyday tasks and situations is nothing new! This is enough to make Jordan Matter want to go back in time…


Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn displays his prowess painting the farmhouse now known as Hunter House in this uncredited 1931 photo.

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Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.