Mission Statement 

The Isadora Duncan International Symposium (IDIS) is an organization for the international community of practitioners of the philosophy, technique, choreography and legacy of Isadora Duncan. IDIS provides opportunities in which practitioners can share work, learn best practices, and develop new colleagues, thus strengthening and enlarging the existing world-wide Duncan community in order to expand the reach and impact of Isadora's revolutionary ideas.

The first symposium was held June 16-18, 2013 at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and featured over 20 presenters, 29 sessions and more than 50 participants from around the world. The event marked an historical gathering of Duncan Dancers in this professional and academic setting, and resulted in several offshoot projects including a new digital archive (www.isadoraduncanarchive.org), an international newsletter, and a compilation of published symposium proceedings.

This effort was followed with a second symposium held June 11-13, 2105 at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago, IL, with over 75 attendees from around the world. Chicago is the city where Duncan was effectively “discovered” and she danced on the site of the current Joffrey Ballet Studios.


The most recent symposium was held August 10-12, 2017 at the ODC Dance Theater complex in San Francisco, CA, with over 100 attendees gathering from around the world in the city of Isadora's youth and formative childhood. The symposium event included a tour of significant sites from Isadora's life, as well as a special culminating event at China Beach, with Duncan dancers performing spontaneous dance responses to the waves, wind and shoreline.

The next symposium will be held in London in early August 2019. We are looking forward to bringing the symposium community together in a city that cultivated so much of Isadora's early career and artistic inspiration. Details on venue and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.