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Valerie Durham, MFA

Artistic Director, Duncan Dance Teacher, Soloist and Choreographer

Valerie Durham is a fourth-generation Duncan Dancer, who has studied the Isadora Duncan technique since 1992. Valerie has studied and performed as a Company Member with the prestigious Lori Belilove & Company in New York City, and has studied with Duncan Dance Masters Lori Belilove, Jeanne Bresciani, Carrie Tron, Julia Levien and Hortense Kooluris, as well as other Duncan Dance teachers including Roberta Hoffman, Lynn Armentrout, Marie Carstens and Jill Sonke-Henderson. Valerie performed with Sonke-Henderson's DuncanWorks Children's Dance Theater in Gainesville, Florida.

Valerie has taught the Duncan technique at the Isadora Duncan Foundation and Steps on Broadway in New York City, as well as at schools in Princeton, NJ, Gainesville, FL, Annapolis, MD and the Washington, DC area.

Valerie has been dancing since age 3, studying ballet, tap and jazz at schools and companies such as the Virginia Ballet, the School of Performing Arts in Orlando Florida, Brigham Young University and the University of Florida. She also acts in musical and play productions along the East Coast.

Valerie currently resides in Maryland, with her husband, James Durham, and their son, Luke. Valerie is a Teaching Artist with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, serves as the Past President of the Word/Dance/Theater Board of Directors (www.worddance.org) and earned a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Dance at the University of Maryland in 2012.

She has taught Duncan Dance/Free Movement for the Academy Ballet School at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, at Strathmore-CityDance in Rockville, as well as several other dance studios in the Annapolis, Baltimore and DC areas. Valerie is building a performing aspect to the Duncan technique in the Maryland and DC areas with performances throughout the year. Her new choreographies in the Duncan Dance technique have been well received and performed around the country, including the National Portrait Gallery, National Cathedral, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Paris/Ballys in Las Vegas, Mercy College in New York and many other venues.

Since discovering Duncan Dance in 1992, Valerie has focused on building, preserving and learning more about Isadora's gorgeous, timeless and inspired technique of dance and repertory of dances. Valerie firmly believes that Duncan Dance is a vital aspect to the dance of today and that all dancers can benefit from its unique focus on musicality, artistry, personal expression and openness. She is working to innovate the Duncan technique for the 21st Century with contemporary music selection, expanded and developed movements and challenging choreography.

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Ioana Stoica

Ioana is a graduate student in education policy and curriculum at the University of Maryland, where she is concentrating her studies on movement studies and somatic awareness. Ioana has been dancing in the DC area for over 10 years with various companies, and teaches dance to children aged 2-16 for the DARE Dance program, the Citydance Dream program, and the Imagination Stage of Bethesda. This is Ioana’s third season with the Duncan Dancers, and she is very excited to return and take part in the meaningful work of preserving Isadora’s dances and being involved in the creation process of new choreography.

 

Adrianna Marti

Adrianna has been dancing a variety of dance styles since a young age. She discovered the enchanting Duncan technique in 1994 as a student at Florida International University. Adrianna is a former member of the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble in Miami, Florida. She studied under the direction of Dr. Andrea Seidel for six years and performed with the Company throughout Florida. Adrianna also trained extensively with the great Duncan Master Julia Levien during her time in Miami. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist and currently resides in Oakton, Virginia with her husband and two children.

 

 

 

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Dane Redman

Dane has studied ballet, modern and jazz dance since the age of six. In high school and college, she trained intensely in modern technique and performance. Dane was drawn to Duncan technique and performance because of its emphasis on natural and emotion-driven expression of movement. She has been with The Duncan Dancers for almost two years. Dane is currently attending graduate school for Dance/Movement Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. As part of that program, she is completing a Dance/Movement Therapy internship at a therapeutic public school in Baltimore, MD. She is using dance and movement as a medium to facilitate better functioning in children with social, emotional and behavioral issues.


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Lisa Smith

Lisa studied the Isadora Duncan Technique with Valerie Durham for four years, and in workshops in New York City. Lisa has been involved with dance since she was 3, studying tap, jazz, and ballet. She danced competitively in high school and discovered modern dance under the instruction of Lynda Fitzgerald at Anne Arundel Community College. With a strong background and interest in art and interior design, Lisa has recently been accepted as a master's student in interior design at George Washington University and works as a senior model home designer with Builders Design in Gaithersburg. She plans to continue with the Duncan technique in the future, in hopes to master and share the beauty of Duncan Dance with people around the world.

 
   
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