Isadora Duncan International Symposium 2013
Presenter Biographies

Lori Belilove
Lori Belilove's direct lineage and prestigious performing career have earned her an international reputation as the premier interpreter and ambassador of the dance of Isadora Duncan. She has been hailed as" of the most impassioned and authentic Duncan interpreters around." Janice Ross, of the Oakland Tribune. Through her performances, master classes, and workshops, children, college students and professional dancers have experienced the purity, timelessness, authentic phrasing, and musicality that has been passed down to Lori through the direct line of Isadora Duncan dancers. Among her first Duncan teachers were 2nd generation Duncan Dancers Julia Levien, Hortense Kooluris, Mignon Garland. She was coached for performance and technique by 1stgeneration Duncan Dancers Anna Duncan and Irma Duncan, two of the six adopted artistic daughters of Isadora, also known as the Isadorables. Lori received a B.F.A. in dance, religion, and classical studies from Mills College. She maintains a studio, school, and internationally-renowned professional dance company in New York City and is considered an important source for the documentation and interpretation of the Duncan technique and repertory. In 2010 Lori was the recipient of the Mills College Distinguished Achievement Award.

Paola Blanton
Rooted in Balkan ethnicity and dance, Paola Blanton works with her Macedonian culture in a yearly festival. She delved into an intensive study of Oriental Dance in 1992, in search of feminine fluidity and lyrical musicality. In 2004, she was led to Isadora Duncan by her desire to delve more deeply into the sacred nature of the body and the Dance. A trip to Delphi, Greece to learn from Jeanne Bresciani in 2005 began her journey in Duncan Dance. She subsequently became a student of Lori Belilove for several seasons and now teaches Duncan Dance in São Paulo, Brazil.

Alice Bloch
Alice Bloch has a doctorate in dance history from Temple University and a choreographic MA from UCLA. She is a nationally recognized specialist in the historic modern dancer, Isadora Duncan and has written on Duncan for Dance Magazine. She collaborates with Rumi scholar Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz in peace-themed performances, and has presented her choreography throughout the United States and at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival, Ireland. Alice is a board member of the Missouri Dance Organization and Missouri Alliance for Arts in Education, and a specialist in dance for seniors. She adjuncts in Duncan dance and dance history at Washington University and the University of Missouri, St Louis.


Jeanne Bresciani
Jeanne Bresciani, hailed as “the foremost interpreter of Duncan’s work, ” “ the divine in motion” and “the keeper of the Duncan flame, ” is the only dancer performing today who combines the Isadora Duncan theatrical lineage: directly from Maria-Theresa Duncan; that of Anna and Irma Duncan indirectly from Hortense Kooluris and Julia Levien; as well as from Elizabeth Duncan’s pedagogical lineage via childhood study and adult internship with Anita Zahn. Bresciani, recognized internationally as solo artist, educator and Duncan scholar of great authority, has served since 1987 as Artistic Director and Director of Education for the Isadora Duncan International Institute, Inc., founded by Maria-Theresa Duncan and Kay Bardsley. The IDII, celebrating its 35th Anniversary this 2012 – 2013 season is based at the historic home of Modern Dance in America, The Harkness Dance Center of the 92 Street Y in New York City; at IDII’s, Tempio di danza, in High Falls, NY; and at the Skidmore College Department of Dance - where among these sites Bresciani leads three original programs in the art, education and foundations of Isadora Duncan dance and directs the performing company, Jeanne Bresciani and the Isadora Duncan International Institute Dancers.


Meg Brooker (IDIS Organizing Committee)
Meg Brooker, Artistic Director of Thel Dance Theatre, Founder of MB Arts, and "Texas' leading Duncan scholar" (Nancy Wozny, Culture Map Houston) danced original Isadora Duncan repertory with Lori Belilove & Company, resident performing company of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation. Meg has performed original Duncan repertory and new choreography in Duncantechnique nationally and internationally in Russia, Ukraine, and Italy. Meg is also an apprentice teacher of Noyes Rhythm, and she draws on these natural dance techniques to create contemporary work. Meg has taught dance for students of all ages and abilities in public schools, private studios, summer camps, international festivals, and colleges and universities. She has served on the faculties of several studios in New York and Texas, including the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, the School at Steps on Broadway, and Tapestry Dance Academy. She has also taught modern dance at The University of Texas at Austin and is currently adjunct faculty at Austin Community College. Under the mentorship of Lori Belilove and Cherlyn Smith, she earned her Basic Certification in Isadora Duncan dance studies in 2005, and she completed her Advanced Studies project in 2006. Meg is also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and an active dance writer and scholar, and she earned an MFA in Performance as Public Practice from UT Austin and a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale.


Pattee Russell Curry
Pattee Russell-Curry:  B.A. Women's P.E. Dance:  Dance Therapy Emphasis, M. A. Clinical Psychology with a Dance/movement therapy specialization; Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association; Classical Ballet Teacher Associate I and II with the Cecchetti Council of America; founding member of the Merced Scottish Country Dancers; teacher training program in Manhattan, NY in the Isadora Duncan method with Lori Bellilove, (internationally recognized Duncan expert), and studied with Julia Levein and Sylvia Gold (second generation Duncan dancers).  In the Bay Area:  Kathryne Cassis (Lester Horton Award for her Duncan work and protege of Hortense Koulouris), Ann Cogley and Christina Fessenden (protege of Mignon Garland), and Annah McCluskey (San Francsico Dionysian Dancers) and The Sun Dancers. One year of Integrated Movement Studies in Laban Method, and Kestenberg with Ed Gross, Janice Meaden and Peggy Hackney.  Pattee is a founding member of Merced Bellydancers Company, training with Gzitana Bianca Gonzalez of New York and California.  Pattee was the founding director/choreographer for Women at the Well, an ecumenical Sacred Dance Troup, informed by Duncan Dance , that toured the San Joaquin Valley of California for over 13 years. Pattee has taught ballet, Duncan and early modern, creative movement and Scottish Country dance locally at various schools including Merced College, Merced Academy of Dance /Emma Grace Academy, Joyce Norris Dance Studio, Eve Fox Beekman's Children's Dance Theatre, and in schools throughout the county through the ArTree program with Merced County Arts Council, and her own studios over the years.


Monica Dale
Monica Dale (M.M. Piano Performance, Ithaca College; B.A., Connecticut College; Jaques-Dalcroze License) is a leading proponent of Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics and founder of MusiKinesis, a contemporary American approach to the traditional European method. Her professional dance background brings a unique dimension to her work. She’s published six books and numerous articles, and has presented workshops and courses for schools and organizations nationwide. Monica has taught piano, dance, and Dalcroze studies for all levels in schools, conservatories and universities. She’s a frequent teacher at the Eastman School of Music, the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute, and co-founded The Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education.


Pamela De Fina
Pamela de Fina, member, CID-UNESCO, art historian, choreographer, dancer, will present an illustrated discussion celebrating  dance as one of the great arts as it was at the time of Sophocles. She will lead us on a journey to the cultural centers of Western European and North American history, beginning with Ancient Greece. Italian Renaissance paintings by Michelangelo, Botticelli,the sculpture of French Artists,Rodin, and Bourdelle, and the American Art Noveau artists, the Mathews will be displayed to reveal the connections between the visual arts and the dance. After having attended the Grad. School of Fine Arts, Villa Schifanoia/Rosary college, M.A Art History program, and researching at Bernard Berensons Villa i Tatti, Pamela moved to New York City, and returned to the Harkness House of Ballet, where she had received a trainee scholarship to at 16. She began studying ballet and modern at the age of 5, at Imperial Studios in Palm Beach, Fl, and performed in many productions at the Palm Beach Playhouse with some of the worlds most famous ballerinas. She was searching for the dance of Isadora Duncan, and was led to Maria Theresa Duncan, while visiting the Raymond Duncan Gallery in Paris, Fr. Pamela was chosen immediately by Maria Theresa, and performed in the Maria Theresa Duncan Heritage Group for a brief period, and afterwards, studied privately with her from 1978-1987, whereby, she learned and created unique choreography directly from her, which is held at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYC. Pamela also produced a CD based on the original documents, photos, programs, that she was given by Rano Bourgeois, her son, of Maria Theresa's, with a letter of permission, he also said, "No one can tell you not to dance, my Mother chose you for your talent"! Pamela de Fina has lectured, taught and performed internationally, at the Norton Museum of Art, the Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Fl., the Lannan  Museum, Lake Worth, Fl., the United Nations, the Sorbonne Univ., Paris, Fr., the Mandel Library, WPB, Fl. and others. And last but not least, as a breast cancer survivor, the dance has bee very helpful in the healing process.


Peter DiMuro
Peter DiMuro has woven a career as a choreographer, director, teacher, facilitator and arts practitioner/engager. His company, Peter DiMuroPerformance Associatesand his fifteen-year collaboration (including 5 years as Artistic Director) with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange laid the foundation for his current creative umbrella, PDM: Public Displays of Motion, housing artistic works along with dance and arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. Peter's work has appeared on tour and been commissioned internationally, including at The Kennedy Center/DC, DanceNow/NYC, the Emerson Majestic/Boston, Bates Dance Festival, Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts/MD, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, AURAS/Lithuania, LATC/Los Angeles, DanceNOW/NY, as well as on a nationally aired television commercial for the National Institute on Aging.  He has taught throughout the world including at festivals and universities in Croatia, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, Hong Kong and in 42 US states. Peter was named a White House Millennial Artist in 2000, a 1995 Mayor of Boston/ProArts Arts Award recipient, and he has received grants from the National Performance Network, the Mass Artists’ Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Upcoming works include Future Preludesat Dance Place/DC, where 12 artists from diverse genres – including Cynthia Word - go “artistic-speed-dating” to create new preludes to music by Rachmaninoff, generously supported by a Westphal College mini-grant. Follow Peter at


Valerie Durham (IDIS Organizing Committee)
Valerie Durham, MFA, is a direct lineage Duncan Dancer who has studied this beautiful form since 1992. She is the Artistic Director of Persephone's Circle, an Isadora Duncan dance company, and the Executive Director of the Isadora Duncan School for Creative Movement & Dance, based in Washington, DC, which features a progressive Duncan Technique curriculum and creative movement based on the Duncan philosophy of dance. She completed her MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland in 2012, and is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist. She has studied with several Duncan masters and teachers, including Lori Belilove, Jeanne Bresciani, Julia Levien, Hortense Kooluris, Barbara Kane and many others, and performed as a company member and soloist with Lori Belilove & Company. Her choreography has been performed in New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Florida and Chicago. Her work has been published in Bourgeon (online and anthology), Centrífuga. Revista de Investigación Dancística and various newspapers and periodicals. As a founding member of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium, Valerie works to aid in the transmission and expansion of the Duncan traditions, with contemporary relevance, into the 21st century.


Catherine Gallant
Catherine Gallant directs Dances by Isadora and Catherine Gallant/DANCE. Recent productions at City Center Studios, Chashama, Joyce Soho, The Yard and at the Merce Cunningham Studio. Ms.Gallant has received funding for her choreography from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Trust, City Parks Foundation and NYFA. Ms. Gallant began her study of the Duncan work with Julia Levien in 1982. As a performer in the 1980’s, Catherine appeared with the Limón Co., Ze'eva Cohen and Dancers, Anna Sokolow, and Muna Tseng. She was the Assistant Director of the 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center from 1994-96. Catherine is now the dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan. Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.


Rachel Herzog
Rachel Herzog has been studying the work of Isadora Duncan under the direction of Lori Belilove since she was ten years old, performing over thirty works of Duncan repertory at over fifty venues in and around New York City. She is currently earning her BA in Classics from Barnard College, and is an executive board member at the Barnard/Columbia Ancient Drama Group. She received her training in theater from the Professional Performing Arts School.


MaryBeth Hraniotis
MaryBeth Hraniotis  is the Director of Programs at The Meadow Dance and Integral Healing Arts Center in Montgomery NY and Co-Founder of Holistic Health Consultants of the Hudson Valley. MaryBeth has been teaching the Alexander Technique in private practice since 1993 and has merged her performing arts education and background specializing in the Integration of mind/body practice through a movement/performing arts lens as a vehicle for inspiring transformative learning and wellness for 20 years. MaryBeth provides training in human caring science for programs in Healthcare which include Nurses Certification in Reiki Energy for In-Patient care, The use of Essential Oils for health and wellness, self-care in healthcare: taking care of yourself while caring for others and advocates for Human Caring in Healthcare practice. This practice includes an immersion of the senses that include the emotional/spiritual renewal of the Individual.  She has created and implemented programs for groups using holistic health practice within a multi-disciplinary approach with great success.  MaryBeth has been an active member of the Isadora Duncan International Institute, Inc. in education and performance since 1997 and currently serves on the Board.


Dicki Johnson Macy
Dicki Johnson Macy, BC-DMT, M.Ed., L.M.H.C., third generation lineage holder in the Art/Technique of Isadora Duncan (having studied first as a child with Anita Zahn) and director of the “Boston Children’s Foundation” is the creator and founder of Rainbowdance. A tireless and dedicated pioneer in the field of trauma focused stabilization and resiliency programs for young children and their communities, she is also the co-founder of the acute trauma response and intervention, CBI. For the past 25 years, in her career as a dance therapist, she has created international healing rituals for children isolated by developmental and neurological disorders and exposure to conflict and natural disaster. She continues to guide children, caregivers, and dancers of all ages with her Isadora inspired workshops and trainings.


Beth Jucovy
Beth Jucovy has been an Isadora Duncan dancer throughout her lifetime. A protégé of Julia Levien; she studied with her as well as with Anna Duncan since early childhood. A member of Anna Duncan’s children’s company, she has been performing the repertory professionally since 1977 beginning with the Commemorative Company. Beth is director and choreographer of Dance Visions NY, a company devoted to preserving the Duncan aesthetic as well as creating original works. They have presented Duncan programs for Workman’s Circle, the 92nd St Y, many museums, universities, parks, libraries. Beth is director of Children Dancing and teaches at the Dalton School.


Julia Pond
Julia Pond is an American dancer/choreographer based in London. Her 2012 work, Bach Motets, a choreographed concert conceived by Crispin Lewis and performed with baroque ensemble the Musicall Compass, premiered at St. John’s Smith Square, London. Andrew Benson-Wilson of Early Music Review said that the “choreography was flowing and coherent, the mood of the two dancers ranging from exuberance to gentle intertwining in a series of evolving tableaux, some evoking recognisable baroque sculptural groupings – for example, a couple of Pietás.” Julia’s 2010 work Song of the Sibyl has been presented by London’s Cloud Dance Festival and Scenepool Festivals, Rome’s Exitart, Jennifer Muller/The Works NYC, Noyes School of Rhythm and Katharine Hepburn Theater, Old Saybrook CT.  Reviewers from the Cloud Dance Festival called it  “urgent, beautiful and lonely all at once” and said that “one is able to witnesses the simplicity and power of Duncan’s pioneering technique.” As a performer Julia collaborates regularly with London artist Serena Korda. A member of Lori Belilove’s Isadora Duncan Dance Company from 2001-2005 and an international affiliate from 2005-2010, Julia is a 4th generation Duncan dancer and teaches and performs the Duncan technique and repertory internationally. The technique is a major influence on her work.  Julia currently works with the Isadora Duncan Dance Group London/Paris and Barbara Kane. Trained at the Boston Conservatory, Julia graduated magna cum laude in 2000 with a BFA in Dance. From 2007-2009 she lived and worked at the Art Monastery Project where she helped to develop the project’s unique social sculpture of contemplation and artistic process.


Laura Pravitz
Laura Pravitz, IDMA; CLMA; MSW is a graduate in advanced standing from the Isadora Duncan International Institute (IDII). She performs and teaches Duncan dance and movement exploration classes in schools, senior homes, museums and studios in the Pioneer Valley and Boston, and performs with the IDII dancers and The Dance Generators, an intergenerational dance company based in Northampton Massachusetts. She produced and directed concerts at Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum, to notable acclaim. Ms. Pravitz is also a Laban Movement Analyst and Clinical Social Worker, specializing in working with elders.


Adrienne Ramm
Adrienne Ramm feels very fortunate to have trained since childhood in the Isadora Duncan Technique. A protegé of Julia Levien and Hortense Kooluris she was also coached for several years in her youth by Anna Duncan. Adrienne was an original member of the Isadora Duncan Centenary Company in 1977 and a soloist with the Commemorative Company for its duration (1978-1982). In the U.S. she has performed at universities, festivals, museums/galleries, conferences as well as several documentary and archive projects. She has also taught many Master Classes and Workshops throughout the U.S. In Europe she has performed in France, Austria, Greece and a 7-month tour of Italy with solo concerts in Reggio Emilia, Rome, Naples, Sardinia, and culminating in Florence at The Piti Palace and Rondo di Bacco for the opening gala celebrating the restoration of Botticelli’s “Primavera.” Adrienne is a sought-after coach of the Duncan repertory for the current generation of dancers. She has danced the Duncan repertory with Dance Visions NY since its inception in 1989. Adrienne Ramm is also a composer/pianist/accompanist for dance and has always felt that the merging of music and dance expresses her creative spirit and spontaneous musical style. She has worked with many dance companies, dance schools, and educational institutions including the Mark Morris Dance Group, Harkness Dance Center, Long Island University, Dance New Amsterdam, Joffrey Ballet School among many others. She has performed her original piano compositions which have been choreographed by dance companies and presented in New York at The Riverside Church Dance Festival, Joyce Soho, Symphony Space, Old Westbury Gardens, Tilles Art Center, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, St. Marks Church as well as several programs in Europe. The current CD of her original piano music, “Reminiscence Isadora: Songs of the Dancing Muse” is the embodiment of the merging of music and dance.


Janaea Rose Lyn
Janaea Rose Lyn is a third-generation Isadora Duncan Dancer, Educator and Historian. She began her career with Mignon Garland and the San Francisco Duncan Dancers and was a member of the Dionysian Duncan Dancers. She was invited to the Akademia Raymond Duncan in Paris as the resident artist, initially curating the archives which appear “Life into Art, Isadora Duncan and Her World.” Active as a Duncan Dancer throughout an international career as a modern dance artist, Janaea was Artistic Director of Convergence - Dancers and Musicians, Dance Matrix and was Assistant Professor of Dance and at Cecil College in Maryland. Janaea now resides in Phoenix, AZ.


Andrea Mantell Seidel
Andrea Mantell Seidel, Ph.D., is Professor of Dance and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University. Additionally, she serves as trustee of Eleanor King’s choreographic legacy and as artistic director of the critically acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble. Dr. Seidel has lectured, presented papers, and performed as soloist in the work of King and Duncan throughout the US and abroad, including Internationales Tanzfestival, Germany; Kennedy Center, Washington; Hong Kong International Festival; and Goethe Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia.  She is recipient of NDEO’s Visionary Award (2007), Fulbright Senior Scholar award (2010, National School of Dance, Honduras); and producer/director of two DVD’s: Isadora Duncan Technique and RepertoryandIsadora Duncan Masterworks,widely distributed by Princeton Book Company. Her forthcoming book, Dancing Duncan: The Art and Soul of Isadora in the 21stCentury will be published by McFarland Press.


Elyssa Dru Rosenberg
Elyssa Dru Rosenberg is founder and Director of isadoraNOW. She holds an M.A. in Dance Education from NYU and B.A. in Political Science from Tufts. She has studied Isadora Duncan’s work with Carrie Tron, Patt Adams, and Lori Belilove. Elyssa has authored papers about Isadora Duncan, dance history and dance theory, including “The Philosopher’s Dances: The Influence of Politics on Isadora Duncan’s Creative Process,” “Body, Mind, Spirit: Choreography by Duncan, Laban and Hawkins,” and “A Call to Arms: Isadora Duncan’s Military Works.” She has presented at conferences for the National Dance Education Organization and the Society of Dance History Scholars.


Jennifer Sprowl (IDIS Organizing Committee)
Jennifer Sprowl is a fourth-generation Duncan Dancer and founding member of Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Companyin New York City. Training directly with Duncan Dance luminaries Lori Belilove, Hortense Kooluris and Julia Levien, Sprowl’s wide ranging dance credits include Rebecca Kelly Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pennsylvania Dance Theater and Dayton Ballet Company. She has worked extensively with modern dance masters Bill Evans, Eleanor King, Bella Lewistky and Hannah Kahn. Sprowl currently serves as faculty with the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Chicago and teaches classes dedicated to the preservation and extension of Isadora Duncan technique for the 21stcentury with the American Rhythm Center, Chicago. A specialist in the field of pre/post rehabilitation for dancers, Sprowl is a graduate of the Ohashi Instituteof Shiatsu, certified as an Active Isolated Stretchpractitioner based on the work of Aaron Mattes, is a Certified  Flexibility Technicanand has extensive training in Gyrokensis, Yamuna Body Rolling and Power Pilates. Much in demand for her highly specialized training, Sprowl is regularly invited to present master classes and guest teach at prestigious universities and dance companies throughout the United States and internationally. Jennifer’s innovative staging of the Duncan Dance repertoire in Chicago includes works for Momenta, The ChicagoAcademy for the Arts, and her own company, Duncan Dance Chicago. Her uplifting and motivating approach renders her classes and coaching in the Duncan technique a pure, authentic and powerful experience.


Cynthia Word (IDIS Organizing Committee)
Cynthia Word, MFA, is the founder and Artistic Director of Word Dance Theater.  Born and raised in Abilene, TX, she began her Modern Dance training at the University of Illinois with choreographers Beverly Blossom, Chester Wolenski, Mary Anthony and Sarah Rudner. She later received her Master in Fine Arts from The George Washington University, where she later served on the teaching faculty. Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Word has created six major dance/theater productions.  In 2005, Dance/MetroDC Awards nominated her for“Best Emerging Choreographer” for States of Mind.  In addition to her dance/theater productions, Word has performed in Austria, England, Scotland and Iran.  Most recently she toured Greece with the Isadora Duncan International Institute.  She is a recipient of an honorary certification in teaching and performance from the Isadora Duncan International Institute, and serves as a Dance Education Consultant with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Cynthia was the recipient of the Maria-Theresa Duncan Award in 2011.


Elena Yushkova
Elena Yushkova (Russia), PhD, scholar of Isadora Duncan, former scholar-inresidence at the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC), 2007-2008. Published more than 20 academic articles on Isadora Duncan in the last 5 years (in Russian). Author of the book “Plastique of the Overcoming: short notes on the history of Russian plastique (interpretative) theater in the 20th century” (2009). Currently working on a monograph on Duncan.


Ingrid Zimmer (IDIS Organizing Committee)
Ingrid Zimmer received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance/Theatre from Pomona College where she was trained in the Limon Technique. Upon graduating, she moved to Europe where she toured, performed and studied dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch. Ingrid has been dancing professionally, teaching and choreographing in the Washington, DC, area for the last 14 years. She has danced with local companies Bowen McCauley Dance, and Rincones and Company.  Ingrid has performed in national and international venues including the Kennedy Center, Jacobs Pillow, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France, and the Gran Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea in Monterey, Mexico. Ingrid is currently in the Certificate Program at the Isadora Duncan International Institute where she is learning Duncan’s original choreography and pedagogical techniques.