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Drawing by Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, Paris, 1909, with permission from The Isadora Duncan Foundation

In And Of Through with Valerie Durham, 2012


10 Myths About Duncan Dance
by Valerie Durham
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Dance for the New Conceptual Age
After reading Daniel Pink's revolutionary book, A Whole New Mind, I was completely struck at how uniquely Duncan Dance fosters each of the new characteristics of the developing Conceptual Age that we are beginning as a society.

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Isadora Duncan: Child of the Romantic, Rebel of the Victorian, Artist of the Modern
by Valerie Durham
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The Dance of Isadora Duncan
by Valerie Durham, edited by Rob Bettman
Published in Bourgeon Online Arts Magazine
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Reconstructing Isadora Duncan's "La Marsellaise"
by Valerie Durham, edited by Rob Bettman
Published in Bourgeon Online Arts Magazine
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Duncan Dance Central
News, Happenings & Events in the Duncan Dance World

In Honor of Isadora's 135th Birthday
May 27, 2012 -- The Oakland Tribune published a tribute to its native and mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan, in honor of her 135th birthday. Click here to read the article.

Video of Valerie Durham and The Duncan Dancers
July 15, 2009 -- A video of dance excerpts from performances by Valerie Durham and The Duncan Dancers and choreographies by Valerie Durham. Watch the video on YouTube.

Third-Generation Dancer Hortense Kooluris Passes Away
Feb. 8, 2007, Stuart, FL -- The Duncan community lost the last of its major 3rd generation Duncan Dancers when Hortense Kooluris died on February 8, 2007 at her home in Florida. She was 92 years old.

Kooluris studied with Anita Zahn and Erna Lane of the Elizabeth Duncan School, later joined Irma Duncan's company in the early 1930s, and ultimately danced with Irma, Anna and Maria-Therese Duncan, Sylvia Gold, Mignon Garland and Gemze de Lappe, among others.

She was a major influence on the most celebrated Duncan Dancers of today, including Lori Belilove, Jeanne Bresciani, Reiko Morita, Mary Sano, Barbara Kane and Kathleen Quinlan.

Links about Hortense Kooluris:
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
New York Times Agency
Miami Herald
Isadora's Legacy

Duncan Master Julia Levien Passes Away
Sept. 3, 2006, New York City -- The Duncan community is saddened by the loss of third-generation Duncan Dancer Julia Levien on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006 at her home on Roosevelt Island. She was a pivotal Duncan dancer, teacher, expert and leader in the Duncan technique and repertory. She danced directly with Anna and Irma Duncan, two of the original "Isadorables." Levien was one of the founders of the Duncan Centennial Company in the 1970s, and has been an vital link in the lineage of the Duncan technique and repertory to many of the active Duncan artistis of today. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 8 at 9:45am at Riverside-Nassau North Chapels 55 North Station Plaza, Great Neck, NY 11021.

For more on Julia Levien, visit the following links:
IsadoraDuncan Dance Ensemble
Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation Isadora Duncan Dance: Video: Julia Levien
A Selection Of Isadora Duncan Dances

Wonderful Duncan Website Edited by Son of Duncan Dance Master
This incredible web resource on Isadora is run by Jun Morita, son of Japanese Duncan Dancer Reiko Morita, and a Duncan Dancer in her own right. Enjoy the plethora of Isadora-related resources Jun has put together. It is wonderful! Follow this link to Isadora's Web Links.

Sima Leake, the legendary "little girl in the red dress," passes away
March 11, 2005 New York City -- Known as the "little girl in the red dress," Sima was lifted out of the audience in Carnegie Hall by Isadora Duncan, the early modern dance innovator. Sima was already studying ballet under Mikhail Fokine and Ivan Tarassov but chose to follow a different path when Isadora Duncan arranged for a scholarship for Sima who left for her training in Germany during the early 1920s.

During the late 1920s, Sima taught the Duncan style of dance in Santa Barbara, California where she met her future husband, Paul Mundé Leake. Sima continued to perform and teach dance throughout the 1930s. A citizen of the world, Sima would later live for many years in Nepal and Paris. At the time of her passing, she resided in New York City.

Click here to read a pdf article about Sima Leake from The Moscow Times in 1992.

Lori Belilove Appears in Prestigious Russian Nights Festival at Alice Tully Hall
From a November 1, 2004 Article by Anna Kisselgoff, from The New York Times
Lori Belilove reports a wonderful experience, including a brief meeting during rehearsal with the concert's main headliner, Anna Volochkova (of the Bolshoi Ballet). Performing the Revolutionary Etude, Lori was one of the few, if not only, American dancer to be a part of the gala concert October 30th at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
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Jeanne Bresciani and The Delphic Games Return to Greece June 4 - 11, 2005
Jeanne Bresciani, Ph.D, with the Isadora Duncan International Institute to perform, workshop and present at the revival of the ancient Delphic Games, which celebrate the arts. For information about this unique opportunity, in which attendees will enjoy world-class performances, intensive workshops and roundtable discussions in historic Delphi, Greece, contact Catherine Tsuji at (212) 753 - 0846 or email
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The Fourth Duncan Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 26 - 28, 2005
Celebrating 100 years since Isadora's arrival in Russia and first appearance in Petersburg. The festival is dedicated to methodologies, educating and educational potential of plastic dance, and the arts connected with cultural traditions. For more information, call the Duncan Center at +7(812)313-9104 in St. Petersburg.
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How the Ancient Arts Became Trendy: The Road From Euripides to Revolution
by Edward Rothstein, Oct. 29, 2004, The New York Times
Excerpt: "Yet the linkage itself is important, and the early examples may be the most provocative. Isadora Duncan, for example, shown posing at the Parthenon in 1904 and in Edward Steichen's famous 1920 portraits, believed that she could strip away the manners of received European culture; in Greek art she believed she found universal and natural gestures."
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