Dr. Bonnie Jacobi is a classically-trained dancer and former member of the Austin Contemporary Ballet. Her training began at the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild, Princeton Ballet, and Dokoudovsky New York Conservatory of Dance, where she studied the Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Preobrajenska methods. Additionally, she was trained in tap by two Radio City Music Hall "Rockettes."
Jacobi performed in the Five College Dance Ensemble (a consortium between MHC, Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts), including dancing Balanchine's "Orpheus" Pas de Deux with her professor for Humanities classes in all five colleges. Jacobi studied ballet for more than 35 years in advanced adult programs at schools of the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Houston Repertory Ballet, Ballet Florida, Boca Ballet Theatre, and Boulder Ballet. In addition, she has taught ballet, pointe, and tap to children ages 5-18 in New Jersey and Texas, choreographing works for onstage recital performances and regional dance competitions. In Austin, she founded a liturgical dance troupe for children which toured area churches. Jacobi has also served as a professional piano accompanist for the Princeton Ballet (now American Repertory Ballet), as well as Ballet Austin.
She has trained at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, Carnegie Mellon's International Dalcroze Institute, and the Abramson-Dalcroze Institute at the Juilliard School in New York City. In addition to her active role as a Dalcroze clinician, Dr. Jacobi has published multiple articles on the history of Dalcroze instruction in the United States, as well as a doctoral dissertation on musical gesture.
Mr. Fritz Anders earned his graduate certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Juilliard School in New York City, and is a Master Teaching Artist for the American Eurhythmics Society. He has taught Eurhythmics throughout the western United States for more than twenty years, and is a frequent clinician for curriculum workshops and highly sought-after clinician for pedagogy workshops nationally and internationally. Anders teaches Eurhythmics as a music teacher at Green Gables Elementary School in Colorado and additionally serves as organist and choir director at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. Formerly, he taught music and dance, including ballet and modern/Horton technique at Santa Fe High School in New Mexico.