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 Eurhythmics clinician, Dr. Jacobi has published multiple articles on the history of Dalcroze Eurhythmics instruction in the United States, as well as a doctoral dissertation on musical gesture.
Dooseon Woo is an experienced dance pianist, having worked with major dance organizations such as Boston Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In South Korea, she conducted church choirs for many years and was invited to conduct the Samsung-Tesco Homeplus Employee Choir in 2010.
As a music educator and certified Dalcroze teacher, she teaches classes and leads workshops in the USA and South Korea. She received a Master of Music Education from Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Her article, The Study of Teaching Choir Based on the Dalcroze Approach, was published by the Korean Association of Arts Education. She is the pianist/organist at the Congregational Church of Weston since 2018.