Isadora Duncan International Symposium 2017
Patricia Adams began performing Duncan’s work in 1977 as a member of the Isadora Duncan Repertory Dance Company, Sylvia Gold director. In 1989 she co-founded Dances by Isadora with Catherine Gallant. Patricia has performed throughout the United States, in Russia, Japan, Hungary, Finland, and Canada. She has been a faculty member 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. Patricia continues to perform with Dances by Isadora.
Thea Keats Beaulieu
Thea Keats Beaulieu is the Director of BioSonic Enterprises, a dance and movement therapist, Registered Polarity Practitioner. She is the author of the Color Love Journal and her new book Moving with the Elements - Daily exercises to increase your balance, flexibility and well-being for all ages and all stages. Thea has been a principle dancer for the Isadora Duncan Dance Company of San Francisco and has danced in New York with the Isadora Duncan dance company. She has taught extensively in Europe and America and is now a Senior Teacher of the BioSonic Academy at the Stone Ridge Retreat Center. Thea holds degrees in English, Dance and Dance Therapy. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin and is featured in Polarity Yoga and Polarity Reflexology.
Ingrid Becker is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, where she works on the linkages between poetry and the social sciences. She studies Duncan dance with Jennifer Sprowl and is an ensemble member of Duncan Dance Chicago.
Eric Belair has been immersed in meditation, spirituality, and music for the past twenty years. He is a Sound Healer and has studied under the lineage of Don Conreaux, with Gong Master Barbara Cole. Eric is a certified Yoga Instructor and specializes in teaching Yoga Nidra to release stress and trauma. Eric is also the founder of Belair Expressions, which combines his passions of sound healing, movement, and spirituality. He continues to train and perform as a dancer with RammDance company- performing both Isadora Duncan’s choreography as well as new works by Courtney Ramm.
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. As a third generation Duncan dancer, Belilove is considered the living embodiment of Duncan’s grace, power, and mastery of weight. She is the leading dancer in the award-winning PBS documentary Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul and tours and teaches residencies worldwide. Belilove is founder and Artistic Director of The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation & Company, and the newly established Duncan Dance Academy in Shenzhen, China. Born in Berkeley, Lori is a Graduate of Mills College.
Alice Bloch has a doctorate in dance history from Temple University and a choreographic MA from UCLA. She was the lead dance writer for The Encyclopedia of Religion and Culture (Facts on File, forthcoming). An Arts Integration specialist, Alice teaches STEAM, literacy, and peace-making curricula through professional development workshops and residencies. She is on the board of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education. Alice consulted for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts’ Art of American Dance exhibit. Her November, 2016 residency included the lecture/performance, Isadora and the New Woman, gallery performances, docent trainings, and arts integrated children’s classes.
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’s national and international performance credits include major museums, galleries, gardens, and concert theatre spaces in cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia. She directs the Duncan portion of Dancestry, recently recognized as “Best of the Arts in Austin” by the Austin-American Statesman (TX). Meg has presented scholarship for SDHS, CORD, and NDEO, and received an NEH Preservation Assistance grant for her work with Noyes School of Rhythm Archive.
Hannah Brooks-Motl is the author of two poetry collections and a PhD candidate in English at the University of Chicago. She has been studying Duncan dance with Jennifer Sprowl since 2014 and is an ensemble member of Sprowl's company Duncan Dance Chicago.
Ashley Ann Burton
Ashley Ann Burton (BFA [Hon.], BEd, MFA) is a sought-after Canadian scholar, educator and choreographer. She has studied dance and performed throughout North America and Europe. Her choreographic work has been showcased at York University, Nuit Blanche and the Banff Centre for Arts. As Founder/Artistic Director of Arts North from 2008-2015, Ashley Ann developed northern Ontario’s only multidisciplinary studio for youth and adults. She is the recipient of the Business and Professional Women’s Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award, a member of the Council of International Dance, and was this year’s Dance Artist in Residence at the Heliconian Club of Toronto. Ashley Ann holds a Master of Fine Arts degree with a focus on Duncan-inspired dance choreography and performance.
Marie Carstens (Steering Committee)
Marie Carstens, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMT, received her BFA in dance (UMKC) and MS in dance therapy (CUNY). Marie began studying Duncan dance from Jeanne Bresciani, receiving her Certificate in Isadora Duncan Studies (1999). She continued her study and performance with Lori Belilove and then Lynn Armentrout, with whom she co-directed the Duncan Dance Collective for 10 years, creating new works within the framework of Duncan technique. She currently performs with Catherine Gallant/Dances by Isadora. She is a dance/movement therapist and movement analyst with over 20 years working in New York. Marie’s private practice includes dance/movement psychotherapy, movement re-education and massage therapy.
Ann Elise Cogley
Ann Elise Cogley was a member of Mignon Garland’s the San Francisco Duncan Dancers from 1979 through 1991. She was also an assistant teacher to Mignon at The Isadora Duncan Heritage Society, Inc.’s school. Hortense Kooluris and Sylvia Gold coached her extensively and Ruth Fletcher was also a mentor. She has danced as 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 city’s first full recital of Duncan repertoire. In 1999 she founded the Isadora Duncan Project, Inc. of Berkeley, California teaching ongoing classes and directing annual performances through 2009.
Christy Cornell-Pape began studying dance at the age of 2 and continues to study a variety of dance forms. Christy began studying Duncan dance in 1999 with Mary Sano. She attended and performed at the International Isadora Duncan Dance Festival in Budapest, Hungary in 2002. In 2003, Christy began taking classes with Ann Cogley and Christina Fessenden. She has taken several workshops with Lori Belilove and worked with Lori as a performer and children's rehearsal director. Christy performs in musical theatre and burlesque, in the U.S. and internationally. Christy has taught both adult and children's Duncan dance classes and currently teaches classes for Duncan dance, cancan, fan dancing, and burlesque.
Fabienne Courmont, international dancer, choreographer, dance-therapist, founder and trainer in Dance of Being©, Director at the “Dance of the future International Center,” President of the Avignon CID section ( International Dance Council - UNESCO partner). Initiator of “United Colors of Dance” CID Dance for Peace. Fabienne embodies the revival of the sacred tradition of dance in a free form that Isadora Duncan called: Dance of the Future.
Jacqueline Crousillat F
At age nine, Jacqueline Crousillat F, began her dance training in Peru with French, English and Russian ballet masters and later with modern dance choreographers, mostly of the American school. Since 2000, she focused on Isadora’s dance, a missing link between her ballet and modern to contemporary dance experience. She pursued an education in humanities (BA), arts and photography (AAS) with an involvement in the dance and photography scenes: performing, teaching and choreographing. As an integral part of culture, Jacqueline advocates dance education for all.
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 served 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.
Maria del Rosario Villasana
Maria del Rosario Villasana has studied with the major exponents of Isadora Duncan's legacy beginning with Mignon Garland in 1974. Most notably she has studied with Maria Theresa, one of the six original pupils trained directly by Isadora, in group and private sessions and performed with her company in New York. She has performed as a soloist and company member in the Bay Area, New York, Moscow, Russia and Greece.
Valerie Durham (Steering Committee)
Valerie Durham has been dedicated to the art of Isadora Duncan for more than 20 years. She has performed with Lori Belilove & Company, and studied with Duncan masters Lori Belilove, Jeanne Bresciani, Barbara Kane, Hortense Kooluris, Julia Levien, and others. She is the Artistic Director of Persephone’s Circle (formerly The Duncan Dancers) and Executive Director of the Isadora Duncan School for Creative Movement & Dance, a school dedicated to a progressive curriculum in the Duncan technique as well as creative movement based on Duncan’s philosophies. A Kennedy Center Teaching Artist with an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, Valerie has presented lectures and master classes at many colleges and institutions.
Kelli Edwards has been dancing the work of Isadora Duncan under the tutelage of Patricia Adams since 1995 and is currently the co-director of Dances by Isadora-Boston. She has performed in the works of Marcus Schulkind, Sara Rudner, David Parker, Caitlin Corbett, Daniel McCusker, Nicola Hawkins and Leni Wylliams. Kelli’s choreography has been presented at the West End Theatre (NYC), the ICA (Boston), and other New England venues. She has choreographed extensively in Boston theatre for the New Repertory Theatre, the A.R.T., the Huntington, and Actor’s Shakespeare Project. She is currently on the dance faculty at Milton Academy.
In 1985 John Faiello graduated from State University of New York at Brockport, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dance. While completing his degree, he attended a Dance program at Middlesex Polytechnique in London, England (1983) and a Physical Education program at Chelsea School of Human Movement in Eastbourne, England (1985). In 1986 he relocated to San Francisco and joined the Isadora Duncan Heritage Society, Artistic Director, Mignon Garland. Then in 1989 again relocated to New York City and joined The Isadora Duncan International Institute, Artistic Director, Jeanne Bresciani. Since graduating in 1985, he has taught Isadora Duncan Dance, Social Dance and Modern Dance in New York, New Jersey and San Francisco, CA.
Catherine Gallant is the director and co-founder (with Patricia Adams) of Dances by Isadora which performs, teaches and collaborates with Duncan dancers throughout the world. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan with Julia Levien, in 1982. She currently serves on the Duncan Archive Committee. Catherine is a full-time NYCDOE dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! Catherine served on the writing committee for NYC Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). She creates new works through her company, Catherine Gallant/DANCE. BFA the Boston Conservatory, MFA Temple University.
The presenter, Victor Garlin, is the son of Mignon Garland (Mary H. Garlin). He was raised in New York City, where he attended the Walden School and public schools, graduating from Stuyvesant High School in 1952. After graduation he attended the University of California where he earned doctoral degrees in economics, and in law. He taught these subjects at the University of California and the California State University from 1957 to 2007. At Berkeley, he attended Pablo Casals Master classes in cello as an auditor in 1960 and 1962. At present he is a bass in the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra. He has been married to Marjorie Baird Garlin since 1970; they have two grown daughters and five grandchildren. All members of the Garlin family assisted in, and were supportive of, the dance activities of Mignon Garland during the years 1969 to 1989
He’s graduated as a dancer from the Ulusoy/Classical Ballet School (1998) and as an
actor from Ankara University /Theatre Department (1996). He has got M.A and Ph. D degrees and has also worked as an assistant over there. He has got also a bachelor degree from Amsterdam Theaterschool, Dance Department-School for the New Dance Development (Dance/Dancemaker) (2005). He has worked as a dancer and choreographer until 2009 in Ankara State Opera and Ballet-Modern Dance Department/MDT. He has teaching dramatic and epic acting, staging, physical acting skills, dance techniques and choreography for contemporary dance, modern dance
techniques, solo dance, choreography and dance composition classes at Hacettepe
University Ankara State Conservatory Stage Arts Department Ballet Division as a
Chairperson and deputy director.
Joanna Gewertz Harris is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, historian, dance writer/reviewer and dance therapist. She studied with the early modern dancers in NYC (Graham, Limon, Humphrey, at the New Dance Group, with Blanche Evan, Anita Zahn, Kathleen Hinni and others). She has numerous credits in performing, teaching and choreography. Joanna has lived in the SF Bay Area since 1957. She is now involved with teaching seniors at the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley and teaching informal seminars on such subjects as "New/Now Dance", "Choreographers and Composers" and theater literature. She lives in Berkeley, has three grown children and six grandchildren.
Rachel Herzog is a social worker, scholar, and dance/theater artist based in New York City. She holds a BA in Classics from Barnard College, and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Rachel began studying Duncan at the age of nine with Lori Belilove and performed for ten years as a junior company member with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, where she continues to return as a guest artist. Rachel has worked extensively with original-language productions of ancient drama as a director, choreographer, and performer.
Marion Hollerung is an author, editor, teacher of German language, and producer of barrier-free movies. She was trained at the Elizabeth Duncan School in Munich by Hannelore Schick and Astrid Schleusener and has taken workshops with Barbara Kane in London. Marion teaches classes for adults of all ages and for small children. Together with her pupils and accompanied by Ari Mog, the pianist of the school, she has developed choreographies for several performances, including "An evening with Chopin", "Primavera", "The magic wood", and "King Ludwig". She wants to help dancers find their own authentic expression in the aesthetic of Duncan style and led by energy flow, also known from Asian health-consciousness.
MaryBeth Hraniotis (Steering Committee)
MaryBeth Hraniotis is a professional dancer, teacher, and movement analyst that has drawn on artistic influences from Isadora Duncan. F.M. Alexander, Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow She is a 2 cd generation practicing Alexander Teacher from A.C.A.T. NY in 1993. MaryBeth returned to dance in 1996 after meeting Jeanne Bresciani at the Isadora Duncan International Institute founded by Maria Theresa Duncan. She continued in multiple roles since 1997 earning an I.D M.A and an Advanced Diploma in Duncan Repertory & Performance, remained an active company member, teaching assistant, grant writer, and executive board member. She is a 3rd generation Duncan dancer via Maria Theresa Duncan and 4th generation via Anna & Irma Duncan. MaryBeth is Director of Programs & Artist in Residence at The Meadow Dance & Integral Healing Arts Center In Montgomery NY. She currently serves as President on the board for H.E.A.R.T. Inc., a 501c3 Multidisciplinary Arts and Healing Organization.
Dicki Johnson Macy
Dicki Johnson Macy, BC-DMT, MEd., LMHC, IDMA, is a third generation Duncan lineage holder, through her teacher, Anita Zahn. Mentors Sylvia Gold and Jeanne Bresciani impacted greatly the inclusion of the Duncan philosophy in her trauma focused stabilization and resiliency programs for young children. The director of the “Boston Children’s Foundation”, she is the creator and founder of Rainbowdance →. A dedicated pioneer in the field, she is also the co-founder of the arts based trauma response intervention, CBI. For the past 30 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, classes, and trainings. Her pedagogy for children is now available to Duncan educators.
Beth Jucovy is founder/artistic director of Dance Visions NY, Long Island's celebrated company devoted to Duncan repertory and the creation of original works stemming from the aesthetic. Beth studied with Julia Levien from early childhood and was part of Anna Duncan's children’s troupe. Other mentors include Hortense Kooluris and Gemze deLappe. Beth danced with the Commemorative Company and several other Duncan groups before founding Dance Visions in 1990. She performed and taught throughout Israel and Europe. Her Duncan stagings and original works have been presented widely throughout the NY metropolitan area. She is founder of Children Dancing, a Dance Educator and Teaching Artist.
Barbara Kane discovered the Dance of Isadora Duncan in 1968 via Irma Duncan’s technique booklet. She studied with Lillian Rosenberg 1969- 1974, Julia Levien 1976 -1998, and Hortense Kooluris 1976-1991, and performed with the Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company 1976-1979. From 1976-1978 Barbara also performed with Linda Elkin and Wendy Smith, pupils of Lillian Rosenberg (Wellspring—a Duncan Dance Consort). In 1979 Barbara moved to England and in 1985 set up the Isadora Duncan Dance Group based in Gent, Belgium, Paris and London with the support of Jetty Roels and Francoise Rageau. Babarbar also studied with pupils of Lisa Duncan and with pupils of the Elizabeth Duncan School. From 1990-1995 Barbara studied with Isadora and Irma Duncan’s Moscow pupils, and also learned aspects of Russian Musical Movement system.
Dawn Karlovsky (MFA - University of Utah) is the Founder and Artistic Director of Karlovsky & Company Dance, a St. Louis based contemporary modern dance company. She is also a 5th generation Isadora Duncan dancer studying and performing the Duncan repertoire since 2005 with Dr. Alice Bloch. Dawn teaches dance and the Alexander Technique at Washington University and in the Department of Dance at Webster University. Ms. Karlovsky is a nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). Dawn is a 2015 Artist Fellow of the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.
Irene Lutts is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts and has been dancing in the Boston area since 1990. She discovered Isadora’s autobiography in high school, but only began studying Duncan’s work 5 years ago when she joined Dances by Isadora, Boston. Irene is honored to have Patricia Adams as a mentor on her journey through Duncan’s technique and repertoire. She also currently performs with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, homeschools her two children, and is a bicycle advocate in her hometown Quincy.
Andrea Mantell Seidel
Dr. Andrea Mantell Seidel is Professor of Dance, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University, trustee of Eleanor King’s choreographic legacy, and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble. Dr. Seidel has lectured and performed as a soloist throughout the US and abroad, including Goethe Festival; Kennedy Center; International Tanzfestival, Germany; and numerous other venues. She is a recipient of NDEO’s Visionary Award, Fulbright Senior Scholar award, author of Isadora in the 21st Century: Capturing the Art and Spirit of the Dancer’s Legacy (McFarland, 2015) and director of Masterworks: Isadora Duncan Technique and Repertory andIsadora Duncan Technique and Repertory (Dance Horizons/Princeton Book Company).
Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee)
Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) is a Third Generation Isadora Duncan dancer, educator and historian. She is Co-Chair of the Isadora Duncan Archive Committee and participated in the 2013 and 2015 Isadora Duncan International Symposium. Janaea’s career began with Mignon Garland and San Francisco Duncan Dancers and she was Artist in Residence at the Akademia Raymond Duncan in Paris, and a member of the Dionysian Duncan Dancers before embarking on a solo career. A dance artist and academic specializing in collaborative work, Janaea is Residential Dance Faculty at Estrella Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.
Melinda McGee was a member of the San Francisco Duncan Dancers, director of the New Orleans Duncan Dancers and co-artistic director of the Dionysian Duncan Dancers in San Francisco. She has performed and taught the Duncan work in the United States, Europe and on tour in the former Soviet Union and Russia. She has a M.A. degree in Dance from Mills College and has trained in the modern dance techniques and choreography of Humphrey-Weidman, Limon and Hawkins, and in Cecchetti ballet. She has taught dance at Stanford University, Loyola, Dominican College, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
Margaretta K. Mitchell
Margaretta K. Mitchell is a highly accomplished photographer, writer and educator. Her work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Museum, the New York Public Library, Princeton University, UCLA, Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, Smith College Museum and the Royal Print Collection, Windsor, England, among others. Her portfolio, Dance For Life was published in 1985, under her own imprint, Elysian Editions. On January 31, 2000 Berkeley Symphony performed the world premiere of “Berkeley Images”, commissioned by Kent Nagano and inspired by Margaretta’s photographic project, Dance for Life. The work is the result of a collaboration with dancer Lori Belilove. She is currently working on and exhibiting her next project Nature Body Time.
Birgit Pittig studied Duncan Dance for 15 years in the Elisabeth Duncan School and has been teaching since 2000. Her main teacher was Hannelore Schick. Hannelore danced as a child in the Elisabeth Duncan School and was a student of Gertrud Drück, Elisabeth’s assistant. Birgit lives and dances in the so-called 'blue land' in Germany, Bavaria, and teaches Duncan Dance in Bavaria and in Europe. In her dancing practice, she is searching for the connections, as well as the differences, between the Elisabeth Duncan technique and the dance practices of other early 20th century European systems – specifically, the legacy of Rosalia Chladek, who created a dancing-system in the tradition of Jaques-Dalcroze in Hellerau. She is also investigating the influences of these early systems on the development of contemporary dance.
Julia Pond (Steering Committee)
Julia Pond, a contemporary dance artist and facilitator based in London, is a direct lineage Duncan dancer. She studied and performed with Lori Belilove and Cherlyn Smith, and received coaching from Julia Levien as a member of Lori Belilove’s Isadora Duncan Dance Company (2001-2005). Since 2012, Julia has received direct coaching from and performed with Barbara Kane, Isadora Duncan Dance Group London/Paris. Julia has taught and performed the Duncan work throughout Europe, Russia and the United States, and has created 3 full-length dance theater works which have toured to Italy, London and the US, and is co-founder of the Duncan Dance Project. She has also developed class material fusing core principles of the Duncan technique with a contemporary class structure. She has a BFA in Dance from Boston Conservatory and an MA in International Relations, and is 200 hr certified yoga instructor.
Laura Pravitz, IDMA, CLMA, LICSW 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 continues her affiliation with the IDII dancers. She draws on her background in Laban Movement Analysis and Imaginal Psychotherapy to teach from a depth perspective. She has produced, directed, and performed in concerts at Holyoke’s Historic Wistariahurst Museum to notable acclaim. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Clinical Social Worker, specializing in working with elders.
Françoise Rageau began the Dance of Isadora Duncan at the age of 13 with Madeleine Lytton (student of Lisa Duncan). She participated in her shows, both in France and abroad, and then became her assistant for several years. From 1984 to 1993 Françoise Rageau joined Odile Pyros (student and assistant of Lisa Duncan), and worked with her in the repertoire of Isadora Duncan and Lisa Duncan, original choreography, as well as the film on Isadora Duncan directed by Paul Verneiren. From 1984, she began working in the "Isadora Duncan Dance Group", which she group created in 1985 and co-founded with Barbara Kane.
Adrienne Ramm trained since childhood in the Isadora Duncan technique. A protégé of Julia Levien and Hortense Kooluris, she also trained extensively with Anna Duncan. An original member of The Isadora Duncan Centenary Company, soloist with The Commemorative Company, she was also director of many subsequent NY Duncan Dance programs. Adrienne has performed at universities, festivals and for several documentary and archive projects. She has taught and performed in France, Austria, Greece and throughout Italy. She has danced in Duncan repertory with her sister Beth Jucovy and Dance Visions NY since 1989. Adrienne is also a pianist and composer for dance.
Courtney Ramm has studied and performed the Isadora Duncan technique for her entire life. She trained since childhood with Julia Levien, her aunt Beth Jucovy, and mother Adrienne Ramm. Courtney also has an extensive background in ballet and other forms of modern dance, and is a graduate of Indiana University’s Contemporary Dance program. Courtney has performed with Dance Visions NY, IsadoraNow, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Onium Ballet Project, and IONA Contemporary Dance Theater among many other companies. She is the founder and artistic director of RammDance, a 501(c)non-profit dance company that performs both the authentic choreography of Isadora Duncan as well as new, original modern dance works.
Cheryl Renner trained in ballet and modern dance from an early age. In 1979, she moved to New Orleans and began studying with Kathryne Cassis of the New Orleans Duncan Dancers. Cheryl traveled to NJ to be coached by Hortense Kooluris and began performing with Kathryne as the Isadora Duncan Repertory Dancers. Cheryl taught Duncan technique and repertory at Ballet Apetrei, at her own school called "Vive Isadora!” and in St. Tammany Parish schools. In 1994, Cheryl performed in Athens, Greece at the dedication of The Duncan House. Cheryl lives in Tampa, FL.
Elyssa Dru Rosenberg
Elyssa Dru Rosenberg, founder and director of isadoraNOW, is a choreographer and dance educator based in San Diego and specializing in Isadora Duncan. She has spoken at conferences for the National Dance Education Organization, the Isadora Duncan International Symposium, and the Society of Dance History Scholars. Elyssa has designed curricula for schools and dance studios that teach students to understand and analyze body language, help girls embrace STEM subjects through dance, and educate kids about history through dance. Elyssa holds a Masters in Dance and Dance Education from New York University and a Bachelors in Political Science from Tufts University.
Mary Sano, artistic director of Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers, is a protégée of Mignon Garland who founded the Isadora Duncan Heritage Society (IDHS) in San Francisco. A native of Japan, Sano began to study Duncan dance with Ms. Garland in 1979, and established the Japan branch of the IDHS in 1983. In the SF Bay Area, Sano received an MA in Dance from Mills College, began to train a group of dancers in the Duncan style, and formed her dance company in 1993. She established the Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing in San Francisco in 1997 dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Duncan’s art, and to exploring its contemporary relevance through ongoing new work.
Elaine Santos has been studying Duncan dance since 2010 with Mary Sano in San Francisco. She enjoys learning about all aspects of dance from movement, choreography, history, to the philosophy and influences of Isadora’s work and life. In 2012, Elaine began studying Tribal Fusion Belly Dance with internationally acclaimed teacher Ariellah Aflalo in Oakland, CA. Elaine is in the Integrative Health Studies Master’s degree program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, in San Francisco, and is envisioning a livelihood that combines wellness and movement.
Astrid Schleusener was, from 1982-2008, pupil and assistant of Hannelore Schick (1937-2008), in Duncan dance at the Elizabeth Duncan Schule in Munich. She started to dance in 1977 with Southeastern-European folk dances, also as Hannelore’s pupil. From 1983-1986, she studied physical training and earned her “teacher of gymnastics” degree at the Sportzentrum der Techn. Universität München. Since 1987 she teaches: Duncan dance at the E. Duncan Schule, courses for gymnastic, Greek folk dance (she travels to Greece every year since 1987), and sport at primary schools. Except sport, she tries to teach ”movement” in the same way she teaches Duncan dance.
Elisabeth Schwartz trained mainly in New York with Margaret Craske, Merce Cunningham, Viola Farber, began researching Isadora Duncan from 1978 onwards, learned her repertoire primarily from Julia Levien. In Paris, she created performances which focused on Isadora Duncan at different Europe Festivals and China. Laureate of the Villa Médicis Award, she returned to New York to pursue research about free dance. Co-author of a film on Isadora Duncan and Auguste Rodin, Jaillissements, she realized an assembly of archival films gleaned from around the world, on free dance for the Cinémathèque de la danse. Labanotator, CMA and PHD: her thesis: Not inventing in dance, paradox about the dance of Isadora Duncan. She transmits the Duncan repertory to nonprofessional or professional dancers, Paris Opéra, Boris Charmatz, François Chaignaud.
Jennifer Sprowl (Steering Committee)
Jennifer Sprowl, Artistic Director, Duncan Dance Chicago, is a founder and steering committee member of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium and a founding member of Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Sprowl trained directly with Belilove, Hortense Kooluris, and Julia Levien, and has extensive training in ballet and modern dance. A faculty member at Joffrey Academy of Dance for the last five years, Sprowl regularly conducts master classes in Duncan technique. Sprowl’s recent collaborations include Dancestry and the Duncan Dance Project, a touring company with Meg Brooker, Valerie Durham, and Julia Pond. A specialist in dancer conditioning, injury prevention, and rehabilitation, Sprowl is a graduate of the Ohashi Institute of Shiatsu and certified as an Active-Isolated Stretch/Strength practitioner (Aaron Mattes).
Fatima Suarez, Director of Mantra Dance Center is graduated in dance at the Federal Unversity of Bahia and Specialized at the London Contemporary Dance School. In 1992 she met Lori Belilove, establishing a permanent exchange between the Isadora Duncan Foundation and Escola Contemporänea de Dança institution that she directs since 1990. As a she served in Mantra Cia. De Dança from 1987-2002. In 2002 she founded the CONTEMPORANEA ENSEMBLE to present Isadora Duncan repertory and her creations. The group already perform in the main capitals of Brazil, France, New York, Germany and Greece. She is also the coordinator of the festival Jornada de Dança da Bahia.
Loretta Thomas has been performing and teaching for over 40 years. Trained in Cunningham technique, ballet and Chinese movement forms, she has studied the Duncan work with Julia Levien, Hortense Kooluris, Catherine Gallant, Adrienne Ramm and Lori Belilove. Ms. Thomas performed and taught for Austin Civic Ballet, Michael Sokoloff Dance Ensemble and Lori Belilove and Company. She continues her work with Dances by Isadora and CatherineGallant/DANCES as well as presenting her own work. She has taught Duncan workshops at Vassar College, Houston Performing Arts High School, Texas Women’s University and Mark Morris Dance Center where she is currently on faculty. Ms. Thomas is artistic director of Moving Visions Inc. studio where she teaches, coaches and directs the Moving Visions Dancers.
Dr. Laura Tipton holds a Ph.D. in computational biology. Her study of the micro-organisms that are in human lungs and outside air have led her to look for and examine the inter-connectedness of other things, including the Duncan dance practitioners. While not a firm believer in the use of generations to describe dancers, Laura can be considered a fifth-generation Duncan dancer. She began studying the technique in 2009 with Valerie Durham in Washington D.C. She has attended all of the first three IDISs and teaches with the Hawaii branch of RammDance.
Eriko Tokaji graduated from the Tamagawa University in Tokyo with a Piano Art major. She has a Masters of Education in the field of Art Education from Yokohama National University. She has received many awards from piano competitions and has been playing as a soloist as well as with chamber musicians in Japan. She studied Duncan dance with Mary Sano and has been collaborating with Ms. Sano for over twenty years.
Cynthia Word, Artistic Director, Word Dance Theater (worddance.org). Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Word and Word Dance Theater create award-winning dance/theater productions, blending compelling story, live music, contemporary choreography and the classic dances of Isadora Duncan to create theatrical events that provide opportunity for engagement of audience members through many modalities. WDT has conceived and produced seven evening-length dance/theater productions since 2000. In addition to choreographing and performing, Ms. Word loves sharing Isadora Duncan’s philosophy, methodology, and aesthetic of dance through teaching of adults and youth. She is grateful for finding renewal and inspiration in her Art, her loved ones, and the amazing people with whom she has the privilege of living and working with every day.
Elizabeth Disharoon Wright
Elizabeth Disharoon Wright has been a member of Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, resident performing company of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, since 2001. She has performed soloist roles nationally and internationally and regularly taught company class as well as residencies and master classes. Elizabeth also danced with Jennifer Muller/The WORKS for eight years and became a senior teaching member of that company. Other performance credits include Buglisi Dance Theater, Nimbus Dance Theater, Sue Bernhard/Danceworks and Eidelon Ballet, among others. A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and The Juilliard School, Beth now teaches ballet, modern and Duncan at the Fine Arts Center, a performing arts high school in Greenville, South Carolina.
Julie Wylie is an earth spirit who guides with wit, love and precision. Directed to a Nia class by a grief counselor, Julie found immense stress relief using this “movement as medicine” discipline. A dynamic, inspiring & intuitive member of Nia’s Training Faculty with over 35 years of movement experience and a 1st Degree Black Belt certification from the Nia Technique, Julie brings deep enthusiasm and intimacy to her classes. Creating a comfortable, safe space for individuals to find physical, mental and emotional health and healing through movement in her special events, workshops and trainings are not to be missed!
Elena Yushkova, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and writer residing in Vologda, Russia. She is author of the book Plastique of the Overcoming: Notes on the History of Russian Plastique Theater (in Russian, 2009) and has written more than twenty academic articles on Isadora Duncan, published in Russia, USA, Germany, Norway, Canada, and Poland. She was a scholar-in-residence at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C. (2007–2008), investigating Isadora Duncan’s influence on Russian art and mentality. She has organized three international academic conferences, all in Vologda, in the series Dialogues and Meetings, devoted to different aspects of Russian and American culture. Her recent article New Insights into Isadora Duncan dance was published in Dance Chronicle in 2016.
Sandra Zarotney-Keldsen co-directs the Boston division of Dances by Isadora. Sandra began her exploration of the Duncan work with Dances by Isadora co-founder Catherine Gallant as a student at the Boston Conservatory. Sandra joined Dances by Isadora upon completing her BFA at the Conservatory in 1993 and has taught and performed with the company ever since, training with Duncan master teachers Sylvia Gold, Patricia Adams, and Catherine Gallant. Sandra has also performed in the Boston area with Daniel McCusker and Dancers, Lorraine Chapman the Company and Kelli Edwards. She is currently on the dance faculty at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio in Quincy, MA. Sandra is also a 200 YTT certified yoga instructor.
Ingrid Zimmer, Associate Director of Word Dance Theater (worddance.org). After receiving a B.A. in Dance/Theatre from Pomona College, trained in the Limon Technique, Ms. Zimmer moved to Europe where she toured, performed and studied dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany under the artistic direction of Pina Bausch. Since returning from Europe, Ms Zimmer has performed in major national venues including the Kennedy Center, Jacobs Pillow, Spoleto and the 92nd St Y. International touring has taken her to China, Mexico, Greece, France, the Netherlands and Italy. Ms Zimmer joined WDT in 2006.