When Jacob's Pillow first opened its doors to residents and visitors of theBerkshires, the Men Dancers served tea on this deck before dancing in Bakalar Studio, hence the first Pillow performances were known as "Tea Lectures".
The deck is also where Joseph Pilates led some of his first classes in body conditioning, formalizing the Pilates technique that bears his name. Now community classes, including Pilates classes, are offered Mondays through Fridays in the Ruth St. Denis Studio.
Visitors to this historic landmark are invited to enjoy the garden and observe rehearsals through the open doors of the Bakalar Studio. The Garden, which boasts lovely annual and perennial plantings, has been maintained for over 25 years by horticulturist Valerie Locher.