From its opening in 1910 up until 1914, Jaques-Dalcroze’s first institute in the garden city of Hellerau (Germany) prospered as an artistic meeting point –assembling a multitude of actors and artists from the international scene. It was here that Jaques-Dalcroze’s interdisciplinary research reached its peak. Unfortunately, the First World War temporarily dissolved the community, and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze returned to Geneva where he inaugurated the present Terrassière Institute in 1915. The Hellerau years resulted in the opening of Jaques-Dalcroze training centres around the world.
Nowadays, the Geneva Institute serves as the international hub of the Jaques-Dalcroze method – attracting students from all over the world. It is the only place in the world where the Diplôme Supérieur (the highest postgraduate professional qualification) is conferred.
Exchanges and visits from professors help to develop and strengthen the relationship between Jaques-Dalcroze centres worldwide. They contribute to the global diffusion of the method and its evolution within different cultures.
Thanks to generations of international interest in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, the method boasts professionals from a variety of origins and cultural backgrounds. As such, professional training centres exist in many European countries and throughout the world: in the US and Canada, in Asia, South-America, and Australia.
Many other countries without current professional training centres have Rhythmics classes for children, adults and seniors.