Isadora Duncan International Symposium 2015
Presenter Biographies


Deb Abram
Deb is a Law Librarian for a mid-size law firm in Chicago. She’s been doing this forever.
Deb is a 30 + year resident of Oak Park, Illinois, where she met Jennifer Sprowl, 10 years ago. The experience changed her life. Having had a dance background that started at the age of 11, she only wishes that she had discovered the Duncan Technique much sooner. Deb feels this work adds another dimension to the dancer and the human being.


Patricia Adams
Patricia Adams (co-founder, Dances by Isadora) began performing Duncan’s work in 1977 as a member of the Isadora Duncan Repertory Dance Company, under the direction of Sylvia Gold. In 1989 she co-founded Dances by Isadora with Catherine Gallant. She has performed and taught throughout the United States, in Russia, Japan, Hungary, Finland, and Canada, and at numerous colleges and studios in the Boston area. In addition to many years of study with Sylvia Gold, her teachers include Julia Levien, Hortense Kooluris, and Gemze DeLappe, and her long-time collaborator, Catherine Gallant. She continues to perform with Dances by Isadora and is a psychotherapist in private practice in Sharon, MA.


Lori Belilove
Lori Belilove is Artistic Director of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation and its resident performing  troupe, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company. A world-renowned Duncan authority, Belilove is  considered the living embodiment of Isadora’s grace, power, and mastery of weight. Her expertise and professional dance achievements are bringing her invitations to perform, teach and choreograph worldwide. She has held residencies at such prestigious institutions as The Juilliard School, Harvard University, Smith College, Ohio State University, Princeton University, New York University and Northwestern University. Belilove holds a B.A. in Dance, Religion and Classical Studies from Mills College.


Alice Bloch
Alice Bloch, a 2013 RAC Artists’ Fellow, has a doctorate in dance history from Temple University and a choreographic MA from UCLA. She is a 4th generation Duncan dancer, offering residencies at universities throughout the United States, including Dancing the Supermom: Duncan as a Prototype for Today’s Single, Working Mothers at Bryn Mawr. She adjuncts at Washington University, and is a COCA teaching artist specializing in Arts Integration. She is on the boards of the Missouri Dance Organization and the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education. Her concert, Alice Bloch—DanceLife: Celebrating 50 Years of Dancing, was presented in March.

Maria Boscaino
Maria is originally from New York City were she danced and choreographed for a number of companies including The West Side Dance Project, National Arts Theatre, the Dances of Isadora Duncan Company and others. She is also the artistic director, soloist and founder of the American Heritage Dance Company, a company dedicated to preserving the works of Isadora Duncan. With the American Heritage Dance Company she has appeared at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute for the Arts, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Dances at the Lakewalk in Duluth. Her work has been favorably reviewed by the New York Times, the New York Daily News and Attitude Magazine. Presently Maria resides in Minneapolis where she teaches Classical Ballet.

Meg Brooker (Steering Committee)
Meg Brooker, Assistant Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, is a steering committee member of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium and a former Lori Belilove & Company dancer. Meg has performed in venues including the Art Monastery (Italy), Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art (St. Petersburg), PROJEKT Fabrika (Moscow), and the ancient Greek ruins at Chersonesos (Crimea), among others. Meg is also a certified teacher of Noyes Rhythm and serves on the Noyes School of Rhythm Foundation board. Meg presents scholarship on early twentieth century dance for SDHS, CORD, and NDEO, and has contributed as a writer to Dance Studio Life magazine.

Ann Cogley
Ann Elise Cogley “evoked not only the Duncan feeling but my memory of Maria- Theresaʼs spirit and conviction experienced four decades ago.” Renee Renouf, Berkeley Voice. Ann Elise was a member of Mignon Garlandʼs The San Francisco Duncan Dancers from 1979 through 1991. Ruth Fletcher was also her mentor. She was coached extensively by Hortense Kooluris and Sylvia Gold with additional classes from Julia Levien and Madeleine Lytton. In 1985 she presented the first full Duncan Chopin program in Tokyo, Japan with Mary Sano and others. In San Francisco she established joint Duncan festivals, “Duncan Gatherings,” at the Palace of the Legion of Honor. She has been guest artist with Jeanne Bresciani and Lori Belilove companies in New York City and dance OREMUS danse in Toronto, Canada. In 1998 she directed the Isadora Duncan Project Dancers of Houston, Texas in that cityʼs first recital of Duncanʼs repertoire. In 1999 she founded the Isadora Duncan Project, Inc. of Berkeley California which held ongoing classes and annual performances through 2009.

Christy Cornell-Pape
Christy, a life-long dancer, began studying dance at the age of 2. Christy began intensively studying Isadora Duncan dance in 1999. Christy has performed extensively in musical theatre and burlesque, performing throughout California, the U.S., and internationally. Christy is a prolific choreographer and can frequently be seen performing solo work in the San Francisco Bay area. Christy has taught both adult and children’s Duncan dance classes. She currently teaches adult classes for Duncan dance, cancan, fan dancing, and burlesque. By day, Christy is a bank regulator specializing in the deterrence and identification of fraud and money laundering.

Fabienne Courmont
Fabienne is an international dancer, choreographer and dance therapist, member of the International Dance Council (CID Unesco), author of numerous articles on dance, originator of multicultural and pan-artistic events in France, India, Austria, U.S.A, Quebec, Morocco. Greece. She is the creator of the Dance of Being©, the culmination of 30 years research. She began her training in ballet in France at the age of 8. She draws from different traditions sources, Taï-ji, Nô theater, Butô dance, indian sacred dance, transe and dervish dance the ones that unify body, soul and spirit. It emerges from there an universal language, which is the Being expression itself. One century after Isadora Duncan, Fabienne Courmont embodies the spirit of Sacred Dance in a free form that Isadora called ‘the dance of the future’.

Frederick Curry
Frederick Curry is an Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where his focus is on dance pedagogy and Laban Movement Analysis. He has taught at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street Y, and NYU Steinhardt Dance Education Program in New York City, and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Dance Education Organization. His Duncan experience includes classes and workshops with Lori Belilove, Jeanne Bresciani, Julia Levien, and training and performing with Maria Boscaino’s American Heritage Dance Company.

Valerie Durham (Steering 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. Valerie has also served on the Isadora Duncan Archive Committee (chair) and the Isadora Duncan Standards & Guidelines Committee.

Leslie Fiedler 
Leslie has a background in public health, health education, massage therapy, herbal medicine, and working and living in collectives. She currently works in a feminist health care center. She first experienced Duncan dance twenty years ago in a community class in Gainseville, Florida. She rediscovered the art and craft of Duncan dance 2 1/2 years ago in Chicago when she stumbled into a class taught by Jennifer Sprowl, and she’s been coming to class ever since!


Suzanne Fraker, BS, RM
Suzanne holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan and was a journal editor for the American Medical Association for 29 years. She has always been fascinated with color and light and has done much study in these areas. She is certified by the International Mandel Institute, Switzerland, as an Esogetic Colorpuncture Practitioner, and is certified by the Aura-Soma International Academy of Colour Therapeutics, England, as an Aura-Soma Practitioner. Suzanne is certified by the Tama-Do (Way of the Soul) Academy of Sound, color and Movement in Malibu, CA, as a Level One practitioner. She is also a crystal healer trained by Melody and certified by the Association of Melody Crystal Healers, Inc. In addition, Suzanne is a Reiki Master and holds a diploma in therapeutic massage from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. She has studied energy healing with Roslyn Bruyere and Barbara Brennan. Suzanne has been President of the Women Health Executives Network, a Board Member of the Illinois Women’s Political Caucus, and is profiled in the recently published book, The Courage Code.

Catherine Gallant
Catherine Gallant (co-founder with Patricia Adams of Dances by Isadora) has been dancing, choreographing and teaching for more than 30 years. Her own work has been seen on the streets of Times Square, in the water at Jones Beach, and at Trump Tower Atrium. Ms. Gallant has received funding for her choreography from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, LMCC, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Trust, City Parks Foundation and NYFA; and has taught dance courses at the Boston Conservatory, Curry College and MIT. Through Dances by Isadora Catherine performs, teaches and collaborates with Duncan dancers throughout the world. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan with Julia Levien, (a student of Anna and Irma Duncan) in 1982. Catherine is now a full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan. Catherine served on the writing committee for the NYC Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and presents dance education workshops for the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), NDEO and NYCDOE. Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University. Catherine’s newest work will be performed at the Ailey Theater in NYC for the American Dance Guild Festival in December.

Francine Gartner
Francine has been studying Malkovsky’s free Dance since her childhood . She is based in Strasbourg, East of France. She had the chance to participate to a lot of classes given by Malkovsky himself during the last 10 years of his life and therefore can be considered as one of his direct descendants. She teaches now this art of dance giving weekly classes and workshops in different locations of France and Europe. She also performs Malkovsky’s repertory and her own choreographies as solo or with her pupils. She has presented Malkovsky’s Free Dance in different conferences and also organised several meetings and seminars dedicated to Malkovsky and some of his former dancers.  She also had classes of Duncan Dance with Amy Swanson, Elisabeth Schwartz, Eva Blaciszkova, Vera Belazorovitch.

Yves Gnonogou
Yves Gnonogou is the Artistic Director of Company Wazys Dance, created April 9, 2000 in Abidjan.  The group of dancers, singers and folklore drummers, dressed in rich African traditional costumes, with bells on the dancers’ feet that give percussive beat during performance. He says that Duncan brings us back to the rhythm of life and refreshes the emotions experienced before. Duncan expresses poetry.


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 1978 beginning with the Commemorative Company. Beth is founder/director and choreographer of Dance Visions NY, a not-for-profit company devoted to preserving and rejuvenating 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. In addition Beth has created over a dozen full evening programs of her original work which have been performed throughout the NYC metropolitan area.  Beth is Founder/Director of Children Dancing, a school devoted to the development of children through dance and also a Dance Teaching Artist working in schools.

Julia Pond (Steering Committee)
Julia Pond is an independent artist based in London, whose experience of Duncan dance since 2001 deeply influences her contemporary choreography and teaching. 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 primarily taught by Lori Belilove and Cherlyn Smith. Julia currently receives coaching in Duncan repertory from Barbara Kane, founder of the Isadora Duncan Dance Group, London/Paris. She joined the Steering Committee of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium in 2013. Since 2013, she has been teaching a contemporary Duncan class in London. From 2007-2009 she lived and worked at the Art Monastery Project where she helped develop the project’s unique combination of contemplative practice and artistic work, and wove Duncan dance into a variety of multidisciplinary projects. She continues to explore contemplative creative practice, most recently as an organizer of the AMP’s summer residency at Caramanico Terme in summer 2014. Trained at the Boston Conservatory, Julia graduated magna cum laude in 2000 with a BFA in Dance. She is also a qualified yoga teacher at the 200 hour level.

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 trained since childhood in the Isadora Duncan Technique. A protegé of Julia Levien and Hortense Kooluris she also coached for several years with Anna Duncan. Adrienne was an original member of the Isadora Duncan Centenary Company and soloist with the Commemorative Company for its duration. She has performed at universities, festivals, muse- ums/galleries, conferences, several documentary and archive projects. 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 for dance. The current CD of her original piano music, “Reminis- cence Isadora: Songs of the Dancing Muse” evokes the eternal spirit of Terpsichore expressing the yearnings of the heart and aspirations of the soul.

Linda Rapuano
Linda Rapuano holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies in Philosophy and Arts from The New School in New York City. She is an integrative health and healing arts consultant and teacher of Noyes Rhythm. Linda has taken Duncan classes with Lori Belilove and Jennifer Sprowl and has been instrumental in fostering dialogue between the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation and the Noyes School of Rhythm. For the past 5 years, she has been studying kabbalistic approaches to imagery with Dr. Catherine Shainberg at the School of Images to deepen her understanding of the laws of the imaginal world.

Rina Rinkewich
Rina Rinkewich, M.F.A., taught Creative Movement to children for many years and then ran her own dance company “Return of the Sun” for more than a decade. Rina now teaches Creative Dance Workshops to adults, sharing her passions for dancing and creative self expression, in order to help others to dance and create. These classes have been presented in New York City, East Jerusalem, and the Elizabeth Duncan Tanzschule in Munich, Germany. Rina also leads monthly Israeli dance sessions at the Park Slope Jewish Center( Brooklyn , NY),writes, and recently joined the board of the Noyes School of Rhythm.

Janaea Rose Lyn
Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) is a Third Generation Isadora Duncan dancer, educator and historian whose career began with Mignon Garland and the San Francisco Duncan Dancers. She was Artist in Residence at the Akademia Raymond Duncan in Paris and a member of the Dionysian Duncan Dancers before beginning an extensive career as a soloist and guest artist. Janaea participated in the 2013 Isadora Duncan International Symposium and is on the Isadora Duncan Archive Committee. Also a modern dance artist and academic specializing in collaborative work, Janaea is Residential Dance Faculty at Estrella Mountain Community College in Phoenix,

Elyssa Dru-Rosenberg
Elyssa Dru Rosenberg, founder and director of isadoraNOW, is a choreographer, dancer and educator who has taught master classes and workshops in Isadora Duncan’s technique and history at schools and universities throughout the United States including New York University, Tufts University, SUNY Purchase, and the University of California, San Diego. Elyssa holds a Masters from New York University and a Bachelors from Tufts University. She has presented at conferences for the National Dance Education Organization and the Society of Dance History Scholars. She has studied Isadora Duncan’s work with Carrie-Ellen Tron, Patricia Adams, Adrienne Ramm, and Lori Belilove.

Andrea Seidel
ANDREA MANTELL SEIDEL 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 Repertory and Isadora Duncan Masterworks, widely distributed by Princeton Book Company. Her forthcoming book, Dancing Duncan: The Art and Soul of Isadora in the 21st Century will be published by McFarland Press.

Jennifer Sprowl (Steering Committee)
Jennifer Sprowl is a fourth generation Duncan Dancer and founding member of Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Company in 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 Lewitzky 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 21st century . A specialist in the field of pre/post rehabilitation for dancers, Sprowl is a graduate of the Ohashi Institute of Shiatsu, certified as an Active Isolated Stretch practitioner based on the work of Aaron Mattes, is a Certified Flexibility Technican and has extensive training in Gyrokensis, Yamuna Body Rolling and Power Pilates. 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 Chicago Academy 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. Come experience the joy!

Fatima Suarez 

Fatima Suarez, Director of Mantra Dance Center is graduating in dance at the Federal Unversity of Bahia. She concluded her studies in classical dance at Castro Alves Theatre Ballet School in 1987. She studied in São Paulo with Ismael Guiser, in Rio de Janeiro with Eugenia Feodorova and Tatiana Leskova in London with Maryon Lane and Alan Herdmann in Bahia with Carlos Moraes and Antônio Carlos Cardoso. Specializes in modern dance and choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School. As student she had classes at the Laban Centre of Movement, in England and at the Martha Graham Dance School and Merce Cunninghamm Dance Foundation in New York. Even in New York in 1992 she met her master in Isadora Duncan technique, Lori Belilove ,establishing a permanent exchange between the Isadora Duncan Foundation and Contemporary Dance School institution that she is the director since 1990. Fatima is formed by Isadora Duncan Foundation and Lori´s Belilove pupil for 23 years. They two participated in many events and shows i Brazil conducted several workshops as part of the programming of The Dance School of Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia (where they deployed Isadora Duncan philosophy for 15 years). As a Professional she served as dancer in Mantra Cia. De Dança since its creation in 1987. The company worked with important national choreographers as Marcelo Moacyr, Tíndaro Silvano, Ana Maria Mondini, Lia Robato, and international as Gerard Laffuste and Edith Meric, Frank Handeller and Diane Eslhout among others,dancing in the main capitals of Brazil, France at the invitation of the Université Lyon Lumiére and TBB Danse Festival of Toulouse , New York Theater Workshop in New York City with Isadora Duncan Company and the Summerwarfth Festival in Frankfurt in Germany. She also is a Creator of “DANCE JOURNEY of BAHIA” and “TRAINING COURSE for EDUCATORS, dance projects to discuss dance and education aimed at the expansion of creation and choreographic experimentation and training educators to the capital and interior of Brazil through exchanges with agents of all Brazil and from abroad. She is the articulator of Bahia Dance Forum and a member of the Association of schools of Dance from Bahia (EDANÇA/BA).

Cathy Thomas
Cathy Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and Graduate Level Certified Movement Analyst. Cathy ministers in dance using spontaneous and choreographed dance as part of church worship services. Cathy currently studies Flamenco and Classical Spanish Dance with Margie Dziadka. Since 2007, Cathy has been studying Duncan Dance Technique with Jennifer Sprowl. Cathy danced with Duncan Dance Chicago, a multi-generational dance company, under the artistic direction of Jennifer Sprowl, at its inception in 2010. Cathy enjoys moving in this genuine way, which embodies the inner beauty, spirit and emotional depth of the dancer. Cathy will be presenting with Suzanne Fraker, Leslie Fiedler and Deb Abram.

Loretta Thomas
Loretta Thomas has performed and taught for over 35 years. In New York since 1977, she studied under scholarship with Merce Cunningham, ballet with Maggie Black, dance education with Ellen Robbins, Tai Chi with Master Yu Cheng Hsing and apprenticed with Laura Dean. Thomas studied the Duncan work with Julia Levien, Hortense Kulouris, Catherine Gallant, Adrian Ramm and Lori Belilove. She has performed with Michael Sokoloff Dance Ensemble, Karen MacIntyre and Lori Belilove & Co., among others. She currently performs with Dances by Isadora and Catherine Gallant/Dances as well as presenting her own work. Thomas taught in New York City schools, the Isadora Duncan Foundation for Dance and Duncan workshops, Vassar College, Houston Performing Arts High School and through the Delaware Valley Arts Council. Since 1981, she has taught dance and Chinese Movement forms at her Moving Visions Studio in Downtown New York City where she is Artistic Director.

Elena Yushkova
Elena Yushkova (Russia), PhD, scholar of Isadora Duncan, former scholar-in- residence 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.

Raleigh Veach
Homegrown in Nashville, TN, Raleigh graduated high school from NCSA and received her B.F.A. in dance & a minor in Anthropology from SUNY Purchase College. She has served as a dancer & Associate Artistic Director for isadoraNOW since 2008. Raleigh has performed with Ballet Contemporaneo de Burgos, Nina Winthrop, Yung-Li Chen, Sudden Enlightenment Theatre, Anabella Lenzu DanceDrama, Lane & Co., Roxanne Lola Movement Machine, Valerie Green Dance Entropy, among others. She is currently launching her own company, Locomotive Artistries. When she’s not dancing, Raleigh enjoys teaching Pilates, TRX, Aerial & pre-postnatal fitness and exploring life with her son, Miles!