New Forum Features

Now testing new forum features here at In the Dancer’s Studio.

The old job-posting system was tedious and labor intensive and annoying… but an important thing for a dance economy. Now you can post your own opportunities in the Opportunities forum. This is open to any opportunities – jobs, fellowships, grants…

For other dance-related discussion, there’s the DAB [Dance Around Baltimore] forum. Got something on your mind? Something that needs attention?

I do realize this is all very old-school and quaint – but it’s also specific to dance and the [greater-]greater-Baltimore region. No ads, no tracking, no algorithms – just you, your thoughts, and your community.

Both are linked in the main menu (upper-right in this design), and available as soon as you register. Registration is required, but it’s open and easy, and we’ll try to keep it that way until it gets abused.

Pardon the dust while we re-arrange the site a bit around the new features.

Baltimore Black Dance Collective / Black Choreographer’s Festival October 15 & 16, 2021 [fundraiser]

Just a quick note to direct a small bit of your attention (no one asked me to do this).

The parent organization is Baltimore Black Dance Collective – leadership of Camille Weanquoi, Kutia Jawara, and Ronderrick Mitchell. There’s been no fundraising activity for three moths, and the event is just three weeks away. As of now, just $240 of their $2600 goal raised. $2600 is a modest goal, and this is a sincere effort to do something meaningful in challenging times.

I know it’s still pandemic crazy time, but if you’ve got reach to attract some attention (and, hopefully, a few dollars) to the effort, please do.

Fundraiser is here.

And if you can attend (safely!), I know you know the value of an attentive audience….

[ UPDATE 2021.09.22]

Apparently there is some technical trouble with GoFundMe (of course, because I asked people to go there… of course. Of course.).

Anyway, the “donate” button at GoFundMe doesn’t work right now, but you can make a contribution directly to the Baltimore Black Dance Collective via PayPal or credit/debit card here.

I do suggest you follow-up any Black Choreographer’s Festival donations with an email and make sure they know your intention.

Thanks again, and sorry for the confusion.

Also, I forgot to do this in the original request…. and now I’m officially too late (east coast time), but… Do you remember? Demi Adejuyigbe does his thing and if you need that original dazzling late 70’s video, that’s here.

BREAD: Building Racial Equity in the Arts through Dance

Please join ClancyWorks on Wednesday, February 24th from 4pm-6pm EST AND/OR Saturday, February 27th from 12pm-2pm EST for BREAD: Building Racial Equity in the Arts through Dance facilitated by Devon Wallace. Presented by ClancyWorks, these workshops will remain free of charge to participants. Please email deti.programs@clancyworks.org with any questions.⁠

REGISTER HERE: https://forms.gle/X4eCqLRb6cFV9dST7

Love the Movement, Honor the People: The commercialization and exploitation of modern African American dance and culture for a world audience.

This workshop will directly address cultural and commercial treatment of African American dance encompassing the past 50 years. Many of the practices, traditions, and expectations of these dance styles have been compromised, disregarded, and in some cases sacrificed for outside forces to gain comfort or to thrive without full understanding of the art forms.

We will examine the many ways this presents itself, utilizing lecture, presenter-led movement, group dialogue, and music analysis. This will allow us to shine light on issues that stifle the beauty and brilliance of African-American artistic creations and the communities that facilitated their developments.

Register for either session, or both sessions, whichever your schedule allows. Although we have the same seminar planned for both sessions, we know that conversations and the ways we participate will make each session slightly different. Our hopes are that weekday and weekend options will accommodate a larger audience and foster participation from more members of the artistic community; feel free to share this event with coworkers, peers, etc. all are welcome.

A Baltimore Dance Incubator Is Real / State Emergency Funding / Small Budget Dance Makers / Dance is a Weapon / Social Bonding

A Baltimore Dance Incubator

I’m pleased to announce that we (I couldn’t have done it alone…) have secured a commitment from the Southwest Partnership to “generate a design that meets the 21st century needs of the dance community” at the Lord Baltimore Theater.  Importantly, this is described as a “state-of-the-art incubator for dance.”

This process (at this building) began over a year ago, with the acquisition of the property by the Southwest Partnership in April 2019.  Many of you will also be aware that I’ve been deep into the economic, artistic, and practical gaps that exist for dance and movement arts in and around Baltimore city for much longer than that, so things may move quickly from here.

The immediate next steps involve identifying potential candidates to serve on the board of directors for a new non-profit organization, and raising a first round of funding to develop the design concept to a budget-able and fund-able stage. 

To that end, I have a few immediate requests:

  • Please let me know if you have any suggested candidate board members;
  • Please let me know what your specific hopes and expectations are – this is an incubator.  What do YOU need to create a nurturing, accessible, affordable, and “state of the art” facility?  I already have a lot to work with from the Baltimore Regional Dance Survey and previous engagements, but this is an opportunity to dream big and get very specific.  No promises that your dreams will come true, but… Please do express those dreams. Now is the time to get into the very specific details.
  • If you have any experience or wisdom to share about local funding organizations for dance or cultural facilities in and around Baltimore, I’d love to learn from you…

Thanks to everyone that attended the public meetings, indulged by sometimes oblique questions, and participated in the surveys and conversations.  This made a huge difference.

State Emergency Funding

Maryland’s Governor announced an $3 million expansion of the The Maryland State Arts Council Emergency Grant Program.  https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/10/22/governor-hogan-announces-250-million-maryland-strong-economic-recovery-initiative/

Small Budget Dance Makers

Dance/NYC released their “Defining ‘Small-Budget’ Dance Makers in a Changing Dance Ecology” report a couple weeks ago.  Find that here:  https://www.dance.nyc/programs/research/2020/10/Defining-Small-Budget-Dance-Makers-in-a-Changing-Dance-Ecology-Report/

Could Dance Be a Weapon All Over Again?

Gia Kourlas opines on the relevance of the New Dance Group in 2020 – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/arts/dance/dance-future-pandemic.html

Ford Foundation Commitment to Dance

The Ford Foundation leads a $156 million commitment to support Black, Latinx, Asian and Indigenous Arts Organizations ( https://www.fordfound.org/the-latest/news/sixteen-major-donors-and-foundations-commit-unprecedented-156-million-to-support-black-latinx-asian-and-indigenous-arts-organizations/ ).  Dance figures prominently in this effort – of the 20 organizations selected, four are about dance – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theater of Harlem, Urban Bush Women (most are museums).

Moving Together and Social Bonds

From the October issue of Scientific American, an interesting piece… “Moving in Sync Creates Surprising Social Bonds among People” –
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/moving-in-sync-creates-surprising-social-bonds-among-people/

Please #BRDS2020 and bring friends to #BRDS2020 ( https://inthedancersstudio.com/brds2020 )
Please stay home.
Please keep dancing.
Please reach out to people directly and personally. They will miss seeing/dancing/working with you. I will miss you.
Simple acts of kindness do matter. Point out beauty when you can. Bring a little joy to someone.
If there is something I can do, please let me know.

A Lord Baltimore Dance Incubator

In just a couple hours, the Southwest Partnership and their design consultants, Two Point Studio will host a charette to clarify design intent for the redevelopment of the Lord Baltimore Theater. More information on that is here.

I’ve been working on a dance incubator concept for the site, so as a point-of-reference, here’s a conceptual floorplan.

Lord Baltimore Theater, Dance Incubator Concept, August 2020

CALL TO ACTION – August 22, 2020 – Building a Dance Incubator in Baltimore

Bottom Line Up Front

Please attend and represent dance as interested stakeholders, so your needs as dancers are fully integrated into the design process for the future development of the Lord Baltimore Theater in southwest Baltimore.

Who:  You! (and your dance friends)
What:  A “charette” (a “final” community engagement meeting) with Southwest Partnership ( https://southwestpartnershipbaltimore.org/ )
Where:  In person (place to be determined) and on Zoom.
Why:  To make a place for dance in the Baltimore region.
When:  August 22, 2020.  11am (please be early) to 1pm (theoretically).
How:  Register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceuG1FqjApa-IRs3rv49A8402m5hHKiJmVNd6JxzuJ_V-Bxg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Please be prepared to:

a) Demonstrate that the Baltimore regional dance community is a large, active, and engaged group of stakeholders in this specific project.  The Lord Baltimore Theater is (as far as I’m aware) the first large dance-specific construction opportunity since UMBC’s Performing Arts & Humanities Building in 2014, and the only one intentionally and specifically available to every dancer in the region as a production and development resource.

b) Request (and validate) the use of the entire building as a dance-focused incubator.  This means things like sprung floors and safe dance surfaces, so you don’t have to bring those yourself (or do without).  This means that the auxiliary spaces are dance-oriented (dance studios and production suites), not generic (boardrooms and conference rooms).  This doesn’t mean dance-exclusive (it’s wonderful to have a spoken-word artist on the stage, and multi-disciplinary collaborations are awesome), but to create a space DESIGNED FOR DANCE.

c) Guide the design team and Southwest Partnership (SWP) as they finalize their plans to redevelop the building.  Suggest modifications, upgrades, and features that would make your use of the space more cost-effective, convenient, or dance-friendly.

d) Offer your suggestions about using dance and this space-for-dance as a community resource.  Think about how you can engage the people in the immediate neighborhood, how dance can change lives.  Share those visions.

Call to Action

The Lord Baltimore Theater WILL be developed in the coming years.  The next step in that effort is an August 22 “charette” (effectively a community engagement meeting) organized by Southwest Partnership (the building owner).  The engaged presence of a large number of dancers is critical to delivering what YOU need from this project.  I believe the Lord Baltimore Theater will make an excellent place to develop and share Baltimore’s dance. Please help me make that happen:

  •  Talk to me before August 22… talk to me about….
    •  How you would use the space;
    • What features you think are most important;
    • What are your critical price-points;
    • Share your vision of dance as a positive way to engage the community; and
    • Whatever else you think I should know about your vision of this space.
  • Register to participate in the charette ( https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSceuG1FqjApa-IRs3rv49A8402m5hHKiJmVNd6JxzuJ_V-Bxg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1 ) as soon as possible.
  • Share this registration link (and this message…) with your dance network.
  • Make sure you’ve completed the Baltimore Regional Dance Survey ( https://inthedancersstudio.com/brds2020 ) this year.
  • Attend the event, either in person or virtually (via Zoom).
  • Advocate for YOUR needs as dancers (and friends of dance) during the event.
  • Read on for more details about the vision, the space, and more…

The Vision

After much effort, I believe this is a solid plan for developing the Lord Baltimore Theater as a regional (and hopefully super-regional) dance incubator, development center, and performance space.  This plan includes:

  • An approximately 175-seat theater with a highly-raked seating configuration;
  • A 30Dx40W foot permanent sprung floor performance area;
  • Large clear wings (10-15 feet);
  • A flyhouse providing full-stage masking and rigging options; and
  • A complete array of sound, lighting, projection, and technical equipment (including, I hope, motion capture).

For those of you familiar with regional theater spaces, this is similar to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Dance Theatre (College Park) seating configuration (see http://theatreprojects.com/files/projects/university-of-maryland-clarice-smith-performing-arts-center-06.jpg ), facing the Towson Stephens Hall Theater stage (see https://balletchesapeake.org/nutcracker for clips from a Stephens Hall Nutcracker and the @danceatccbc Instagram from about 8 months ago for some behind-the-scenes photos).  Production support features include:

  • Dressing rooms (immediately below the stage);
  • A Costume Lab with on-site laundry;
  • Stage-level quick change areas on each side of the stage;
  • Stage-level crossover; and
  • Sound-isolated review suites for reviewers (including live streaming) and/or audio description of performances.

A theater at this capacity (less than 200 seats) fills an immediate need for dance-development space in the region.  This is small enough that dance companies and choreographers can afford to be in the space without the expectation of selling many hundreds to thousands of tickets, but still large enough to have a meaningful audience experience to help develop their work.  When you “graduate” from this space, there are several mid-capacity (500-1000 seat) theater spaces available in the region, and the work developed here doesn’t need significant re-work to translate to the larger-capacity venues.  In addition to the centerpiece performance space, the incubator concept also provides:

  • Two large (1200 sq ft) and two small (600 sq ft) dance studios;
  • A 1000 sq ft reception/gallery/open studio space;
  • Large public restrooms;
  • A coffee shop/cafe;
  • A large dancer lounge/common area;
  • A retail/community engagement space;
  • Several production suites for video recording/broadcast/streaming and sound recording/mastering;
  • Office/desk space for resident companies and dance support businesses.
  • Shower/changing rooms; and
  • Individual lockers.

These features, combined, represent a world-class dance development machine capable of engaging the local neighborhood, the Baltimore region’s broader dance community, and even reaching beyond the region as a place to come to develop dance performance for the stage.

The availability of multiple studios, and a casual, inviting common space bridges gaps between dance companies and schools in the region.  Bringing dancers of all kinds into the same space presents a great opportunity for engagement and innovation.  This may, in time, serve as an anchor institution for a dance complex, with dancer-oriented housing, businesses, and other performance and studio spaces in the immediate neighborhood.

The Space

The building is roughly 125 feet deep and 80 feet wide, and largely windowless.  The south side of the building has three one-story spaces (the original theater lobby and two retail additions) about 30 feet deep.  The existing seating area is about 80 feet by 80 feet with a sloped floor (it will be much smaller after development), and on the north side of the building, the theater stage, with an intact flyhouse about 40 by 80 feet.  I must emphasize that I believe this is the last available, vacant, intact, flyhouse in Baltimore, and this is an amazingly valuable asset when it comes to dance development for the traditional stage.  This unique space affords the ability to quickly set and reset the stage space for different dance productions, which makes it possible to do more with the theater.

The Region

The Lord Baltimore Theater is located on the north side of the 1100 block of West Baltimore Street, which is just over one mile from the stadium complex on the south side of Baltimore.  This is about 40 minutes from UMCP, less than 30 minutes from Towson University and Goucher, less than 15 minutes from UMBC, and about 10 minutes from both Peabody and Coppin.  Roughly 500,000 people live within 5 miles of the location, just over 1.8 million live within 15 miles.  Transportation is convenient and close – the interstate is 2 miles away; there is a bus route immediately in front of the building; Penn Station (rail and bus connection to New York) is 2.5 miles away; and BWI is just over 10 miles.

This is a neighborhood of schools, with James McHenry Elementary, Francis M. Wood High School, Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, Franklin Square Elementary, Steuart Hill Academic Academy, and the new Mother Mary Lange Catholic School opening in Fall 2021, among others.  Please think about what dance can do for these students.

This location also has ready access to downtown hotels, low-cost production supplies (Scrap B’more and Second Chance), and tools (Baltimore Tool Bank, Ace Hardware, Grainger Supply), drycleaning (ZIPS), printing (Work Printing and Graphics), medical supplies (Walgreens) all within one mile.

This is in City Council District 9 (John T. Bullock), State Legislative District 40 (Senator Antonio L. Hayes, Delegate Frank M. Conaway, Jr., Delegate Nick J. Mosby, and Delegate Melissa R. Wells), and Congressional District MD-7 (Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representative Kweisi Mfume).  If you live in these districts, please do let me know.

To the south, Hollins Market.  Dancers need food, and… food is a block away.  The market also has an empty second-floor space roughly 50 x 100 feet, which could be ideal for expanded “satellite” dance space.   A bit further south (past the B&O Railroad Museum), Mobtown Ballroom ( https://mobtownballroom.com/ ) and Suspended Brewing ( https://www.suspendedbrewing.com/ ) for your after-dancing dancing-and-drinking needs.  There’s even a made-in-Baltimore contract clothing manufacturer ( https://www.fashions-unlimited.com ) if that’s something you can use…

To the east, the University of Maryland BioPark, which includes biomedical research, and the Graduate Research Innovation District (GRID), which operates as a health and social impact incubator. Just across Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, the University of Maryland Baltimore, with schools of medicine, social work, and law.  Also, Lithuanian Hall for your massive hundreds-of-people before- and after-parties.

To the north, an $800 million many-block mixed-use development called Center\West is in progress from La Cite ( http://lacitedevelopment.com/projects/park-square-development/ ).

To the west… Grace Medical Center (with a physical therapy department and a new ER), and west Baltimore… all the way to UMBC (a little less than 6 miles to the southwest…).

Background on the Project

In 1845, this location was the site of the Newton Academy.  In 1894, Professor W. T. Auer acquires the Newton Academy building and remodels it into a dance academy, with a nearly 2000-square-foot main hall and 21-foot ceiling.  The W. T. Auer Dancing Academy suffered a fire in March 1895, but reopens and continues until September, when Professor Auer relocates a bit east to the 700 block of West Baltimore.  After this move, the building is used as an armory for several years, until it becomes the home of the National Temperance Hospital and Maryland Medical College in 1898 (this later evolves into Franklin Square Hospital).  In 1912, Pearce & Scheck Enterprises purchase the lot and announce plans for a 1700-seat vaudeville and moving picture theater (it ends up closer to 1000 seats).  The building is renovated in 1921, and 1932, and 1934, and is home to the Baltimore Film Society in the mid-1960s.  When the theater closes in the early 1970s, the space is occupied by St. Matthews Holiness Church, until it is abandoned.

In April 2019 the Southwest Partnership, a non-profit community development organization, purchased the theater for $1 million. Since then, they’ve spent another $275,000 or more stabilizing and and securing the building.  This process has removed what was the projection house.

In late February, the Southwest Partnership organized a “Visioning Session” for the theater.  About 40 people attended, including Councilman John Bullock (and maybe some of you), and after going through their process, four concepts emerged as the most popular: A “Baltimore Walk of Fame,” a “Rotating Local Makerspace, Gallery, Coffee Shop & Restaurant,” a “Dance Hub & Incubator,” and a “Resource Center for Arts, Tech & Culture.”  This was, at some point, narrowed down to three concepts, described as a “Multipurpose Cultural Arts Center with Community Access,” “Fine Arts Dance Theater,” and “Walk of Fame.”

Of these concepts, the Walk of Fame is entirely exterior to the building and therefore entirely compatible with the building use as a dance incubator (also, Baltimore has a few fame-worthy dancers to add to that project – if you’re into Baltimore dance history, please get involved with that).

A local architectural firm (Two Point Studio) has developed renderings of their concept for the space.  This concept includes a cafe, lobby, a gallery, classroom, conference room, 244-seat theater, resident housing, rehearsal studios, offices, a lounge, board room, meeting room, and office area.

I contend that a focused, specific use for the space (dance) is a much stronger proposal than a “multipurpose arts center.” Baltimore has several “multipurpose arts centers” already (e.g., Creative Alliances’ Patterson, the Downtown Cultural Arts Center [less than 2 miles away], Motorhouse, School 33…), but no theater that is well-equipped to develop dance (unless you’re in a university dance program).

One of the most important opportunities to advance that effort will happen this year (in the middle of an economic crisis and pandemic) on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11am (scheduled for about 2 hours).  The Southwest Partnership, owners of the Lord Baltimore Theater, are holding a public-engagement “charette” to solidify their concepts for developing the theater.  I hope all of you will turn out to support the effort, and bring friends, especially if they live or work in Baltimore or (even better) Southwest Baltimore.  That said, stay safe.  The event will be handled online (via Zoom), so please participate in a way that you feel is safe for yourself and those around you.

Some Other Things (A little background and fun)

For news coverage of the project, https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-kelly-column-lord-baltimore-20160805-column.html and https://www.southbmore.com/2019/10/01/southwest-partnership-purchases-lord-baltimore-theatre-looks-to-create-cultural-arts-center/

For a brief description, and a photo of the marquee and sign that the SWP prefers, see the 1100 block section of A Walk Down West Baltimore Street ( https://baltimoretraces.umbc.edu/files/2019/06/WWBS_edits.pdf ).

For an audio introduction to the neighborhood, check out Out of the Blocks, Hollins Market, part 1 ( https://www.wypr.org/post/hollins-market-part-1-i-ve-been-kid ) and part 2 ( https://www.wypr.org/post/hollins-market-part-2-beautiful-side-ugly ).

For some vicarious urban exploration, before it was stabilized and cleaned up a bit, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2myK9E5weU

Southwest Partnership represents seven neighborhoods (Barre Circle (!), Franklin Square, Hollins Roundhouse, Mount Clare, Pigtown, Poppleton, and Union Square).  You can see their Vision Plan here ( https://southwestpartnershipbaltimore.org/about-us/the-plan/ ).

Thanks for your attention, I hope to see you on the 22nd!

MSAC grant (due August 3) / MPT STIRcrazy / SBA grant / DETI

America is not doing very well with the pandemic response, which now puts the fall/winter season in serious jeopardy.  Be safe out there.

Also, since I’m unlikely to have access to archives and libraries for some time, I’ve decided to slice up the treatise on dance in the region and push the mostly-finished parts out to the world so you (and everyone else) in the community can start tearing it apart and use it to make plans and dream visions for the future of dance in the region.  At this point, I think it’s more important to get the material out there sooner, rather than better.  I still do need to assemble some resources to make that happen, but thanks for your patience on this thing.  The deep-dives into history and stories will come eventually.

MNRI-MSAC Grant opportunity

Part of the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative, the Maryland State Arts Council has an emergency grant program, with a coming-real-soon-now deadline (August 3).  This is a pretty limited pool of money ($3 million), so make sure you address EVERY point in the rubric if you apply.  Detailed information here: https://www.msac.org/grants/emergency-grant

MPT STIRcrazy

This has been around a while, but… apparently still looking for submissions.  Dance is historically poorly represented with MPT (lookin’ at you ArtWorks…), so this is a bit of a chance to bend that curve.  MPT STIRcrazy is looking for “YOUR creative endeavors during this time of COVID-19.”  Submission information here: https://www.mpt.org/programs/stircrazy/

ArtWorks is re-tooling for their new season, so it would be great to see dance (and more importantly, LOCAL dance) in their new format.  Give them some amazing stuff with STIRcrazy – that might help.

SBA Grant/Loan program

For gig workers (teaching and performing gigs do count…), there’s an SBA program that offers a $1000 grant and $10,000 loan, but… it’s confusing.  If you are a sole proprietor, without employees, a contractor, a freelancer, or a gig worker, and you were in business before 2020, you qualify.  The best description I’ve found is from the Motley Fool people at USA Today ( https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/07/14/uber-drivers-gig-workers-get-an-extra-1000-coronavirus-stimulus-funds/112154302/ ).  Pay special attention to the “Are there any strings attached?” section.  You should be able to get the grant and refuse the loan (assuming there are still funds available).  If you have success with this, please do let me know, so I can forward your experience to others.

Dance Educators Training Institute 2020

DETI (Dance Educators Training Institute) is virtual this year. August 17-19.  DETI is presenting 12 sessions over three days from.  More information here:  https://www.clancyworks.org/deti/

Know anyone with Dance/USA?

I’m looking for someone at Dance/USA to talk about distribution for material about dance in the Baltimore Region… anyone connected?

And, because we gotta have a little joy in our lives… Some cut paper dance:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cib8MM_kxrE

Please #BRDS2020 and bring friends to #BRDS2020 ( https://inthedancersstudio.com/brds2020 )
Please stay home.
Please keep dancing.
Please reach out to people directly and personally.  They will miss seeing/dancing/working with you.  I will miss you.
Simple acts of kindness do matter.  Point out beauty when you can. Bring a little joy to someone.
If there is something I can do, please let me know.

Changing History – A Different First Dalcroze Eurhythmics

The Johns Hopkins Peabody Preparatory dance program is, rightfully, proud of its more-than-100-year history. In 2015, the Peabody Post ran a feature story on this history, which includes this:

Peabody Dance was born in December 1914 when the Peabody Institute decided to offer classes in Dalcroze Eurhythmics to teach musicians about music through movement of the body, says Melissa Stafford, the program’s director and department chair.

The first ongoing eurhythmics classes to be offered in the United States, they were taught by Portia Wager and then Ruth Lemmert, both of whom had studied under Emile Jaques-Dalcroze himself.

Rachel Wallach, “Raising the Barre,” Peabody Post, Spring 2015.

Peabody was close, but not quite the first ongoing Eurhythmics class in the United States. The first was just over a year earlier, about 90 miles to the northeast.

On October 1, 1913, Placido de Montoliu started teaching 15 students at the newly-opened Phebe Anna Thorne Model School at Bryn Mawr College. Montoliu served as an assistant to Émile Jaques-Dalcroze for years before coming to the Thorne School in Pennsylvania and remained on faculty for nine years. Eurhythmics instruction continued at the Thorne School after his departure.

Placido de Montoliu is listed in the 1912-1913 Annual Report of the President of Bryn Mawr College page x, and the 1914 Bryn Mawr College Calendar, Volume VII, Part 2, March 1914, page 14, as an instructor for Jacques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and a graduate of the Jacques-Dalcroze College of Rhythmic Training, Hellerau, Germany. In the 1913-1914 President’s report, Señor Monotliu is listed as “Teacher of Jacques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics (Singing, Dancing),” which may be more notable, given that Bryn Mawr is a Quaker institution and the Quaker views of both singing and dancing

Interestingly, Placido de Montoliu came to Peabody on February 16, 1918, giving a demonstration of Eurhythmics at the Peabody Concert Hall, assisted by his wife and Ruth Lemmert.