Pioneers | Studio Teachers
A number of assistant teachers worked with Mabel Todd in her Boston and New York studios. Short remarks about their background, largely based on Barbara Clark's recollections, are listed below. More detailed information about a few of these individuals appears in the biography portion of A Kinesthetic Legacy: The Life and Works of Barbara Clark. Relatively little is known about the other teachers. It is hoped that this brief listing of Todd's assistant teachers will stimulate further research into their lives and contributions.
Barbara Clark R.N.
Miss Clark worked primarily with the children who came to the studio for lessons. Clark's work is described elsewhere in the website.
Elizabeth W. Colwell M.A.
Miss Colwell was also a teacher of French at Radcliffe College. She assisted Todd in running the studio and trained the other assistant teachers.
Beatrice P. Galbraith R.N.
Miss Galbraith was a graduate of the nursing program at Massachusetts General.
Bertha P. Lawson
No information on Bertha Lawson was documented in Clark's records.
Mary P. Sheehan
Miss Sheehan assisted Barbara Clark in working with children.
Like Mabel Todd, Miss White was a graduate of Emerson College of Oratory.
Clarissa Bates R.N.
No information on Clarissa Bates was documented in Clark's records.
Estelle Bertine also taught physical education in New York City. She worked primarily with pupils from Juilliard at Todd's studio and then moved to Pennsylvania.
Mabel Eldred had a background in physical education. She moved to Oregon.
Cora Belle Hunter
Miss Hunter studied with Todd at Columbia University. Later, she became a teacher of children's dance in Minneapolis. Joan Skinner was one of her students.
No information on Mary Longley was documented in Clark's records.
Miss Mitchell was the last teacher to be associated with the New York studio. When that studio closed, she moved to California and helped Todd with her work in Los Angeles.
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