Isadora Duncan International Symposium 2019
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 Levein, Hortense Kooluris, and Gemze DeLappe, and her long-time collaborator, Catherine Gallant. Now semi-retired, she continues to perform with Dances by Isadora and is a Psychotherapist in private practice in Sharon, MA.
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 founder and Artistic Director of The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation & Company, based in New York City, Belilove performs The Art of Isadora solo and with her Company worldwide. Coached for performance by Anna Duncan, Irma Duncan, Julia Levien, Hortense Kooluris, and Mignon Garland, Lori received the Mills College Distinguished Achievement Award after her B.F.A. in dance, religion, and classical studies. Last year, Belilove was appointed Artistic Director of the Duncan Dance Academy, Shenzhen, China and affiliate schools in 15 countries.
Alice Bloch, EdD, Temple University; MA, UCLA is a 5th generation Isadora Duncan dancer. Duncan presentations include Dancing the Supermom: Isadora Duncan as a Template for Today's Single Working Mothers. Alice consulted for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts’ Art of American Dance exhibit. Her 2016 residency featured the lecture/performance, Isadora and the New Woman. An Arts Integration specialist based at COCA Alice leads professional development workshops and residencies including Dancing the Solar System, and Dancing a Peaceful World. She is on the board of the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education and President of the Missouri Dance Organization.
Meg Brooker, Assistant Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, is a founder of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium, artistic director of Duncan Dance South, collaborating director of the Duncan Dance Project, Duncan dance director for Dancestry, a critically-recognized platform for presenting major modern dance masterworks, and a former Lori Belilove & Company dancer. Meg’s performance credits include gardens, museums and theaters across the United States and in Europe and Russia. Meg has presented scholarship for DSA, SDHS, CORD, and NDEO, and received an NEH Preservation Assistance grant for her work with Noyes School of Rhythm Archive. www.duncandancesouth.org
Christy, a life-long dancer, began studying dance at the age of 2. Christy began intensively studying Isadora Duncan dance in 1999 with Mary Sano, and began taking classes with Ann Cogley and Christina Fessenden in 2003. She has worked with Lori Belilove as a performer and children's rehearsal director during some of Lori's performances in California. Christy has performed throughout the U.S., and internationally. Christy is a prolific choreographer and can frequently be seen performing solo work. She is currently the artistic director of a monthly burlesque show, teaches Duncan dance, and is the co-creator of four full-length theater/burlesque productions.
At the age of 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.
Valerie Durham has been dedicated to the art of Isadora Duncan for more than 20 years since discovering the technique at the University of Florida, where she pursued a BA in Public Relations. She has performed as a company member with Lori Belilove & Company, and studied with Duncan masters Lori Belilove, Jeanne Bresciani, Barbara Kane, Hortense Kooluris, Julia Levien, and others. She is a founder of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium, the Artistic Director of Persephone’s Circle (formerly The Duncan Dancers) and a member of the Duncan Dance Project. A Kennedy Center Teaching Artist with an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, Valerie has presented lectures and master classes on Isadora at Mercy College, University of Maryland, Harvard's Hellenic Center, and other national and regional conferences and institutions, had articles published with BourgeonOnline, Centrifuga (Mexican dance magazine), and the Bourgeon anthology, and performed her choreography and Isadora’s repertory at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Cathedral, as well as venues in New York, Washington, DC, Florida, Las Vegas, California, Paris and Japan.
Kelli Edwards joined Dances by Isadora in 1996 under the tutelage of Patricia Adams. She is now Co-Director of the Boston subsidiary of the company. Kelli has also performed with choreographers Marcus Schulkind, David Parker, Sara Rudner, Ruth Birnberg, Brian Crabtree, Daniel McCusker and in her own work. Her choreography has been presented at Dance Umbrella, Dance Now Boston and Soaking Wet in NYC. She has choreographed numerous shows at The New Rep, The Huntington, American Repertory Theatre, and Actors’ Shakespeare Project among others. Kelli is currently on the performing arts faculty at Milton Academy.
Chantal Frankenbach is Associate Professor in the School of Music at California State University, Sacramento. A former dancer with the San Antonio Ballet, she holds a BA in dance and a PhD in music. Recent publications include “Dancing to Beethoven in Wilhelmine Germany: Isadora Duncan and her Critics” (2017) and “Dancing the Redemption of French Literature: Rivière, Mallarmé, and Le Sacre du printemps” (2015), which was awarded the Selma Jeanne Cohen Prize in Dance Aesthetics. Frankenbach is currently at work on a book chronicling Duncan’s reception in Germany from 1902–1905.
Catherine Gallant was introduced to Isadora Duncan’s work when she saw Annabelle Gamson perform on PBS in the 1970’s. She began her study of Duncan with Julia Levien, in 1982. Ms. Gallant is the founder (along with Patricia Adams) of Dances by Isadora . Recent performances include Danspace, 92Y Harkness Dance Center and Jacob’s Pillow. Ms. Gallant is a full-time New York City dance educator at PS 89 in Manhattan. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary, PS DANCE! She served on the writing committee for the NYC Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and is on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Ms. Gallant is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.
Francine Gartner is a dance teacher accredited by French ministery of Culture and has been studying Malkovsky’s free Dance since her childhood. She is based in Strasbourg, East of France and president of non profit organisation Rythme et Danse and Sercretary of non profit organisation: Les Amis de Malkovsy. She had the chance to participate in a lot of workshops given by Malkovsky (1889-1982) 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 followers. She has presented Malkovsk’s Free Dance in different conferences and also organized several meetings and seminars dedicated to Malkovky. As an interest for the roots of Malkovsky’s dance, she also had classes of Duncan Dance with Amy Swanson, Elisabeth Schwartz, Eva Blaciszkova, Vera Belazorovitch .
Marion Hollerung is trainer for courses for adults and children at Elizabeth Duncan School. Since she had read "The dance of the future" by Isadora, her focus is the liberation of the inner dance of every person and to bring it into harmony with the music.
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 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 and trainings.
Beth Jucovy has been an Isadora Duncan dancer throughout her lifetime. A protégé of Julia Levien; she studied with her and with Anna Duncan since early childhood. She danced with the Commemorative Company in NYC from the late 1970s and subsequently several other NY-based Duncan groups. Beth performed as a soloist and taught the technique internationally. Artistic director/choreographer of Dance Visions NY since 2011, she founded the original Dance Visions Company in 1990. Beth has created a full repertory of original works and programs presented at museums, theaters, schools, universities, libraries, parks and historical landmarks throughout the NYC area.
Barbara Kane discovered the Dance of Isadora Duncan in 1968 via Irma Duncan’s technique booklet. Barbara then found and studied with Lillian Rosenberg 1969 to 1974 and then with Julia Levien 1976 to 1998 and Hortense Kooluris 1976 to 1991. Performing with the Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company 1976 to 1979. From 1976 to 1979 Barbara was also performing with Linda Elkin, Wendy Smith other 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 Ghent, Belgium, Paris and London with the support of Jetty Roels (D’Oude Kapel, Ghent) and Francoise Rageau (Paris). Barbara had a curiosity for all Duncan Dance developments in Europe and sought out and took classes with pupils of Lisa Duncan (Madeleine Lytton and Odile Pyros), with pupils of the Elizabeth Duncan School (Lucia Burkiczak, Yvonne Berge, Hannelore Schickt and Eva Blatsizkova (of the Prague Duncan Centre). In 1990/91 Barbara had the privilege of learning from Isadora and Irma Duncan’s Moscow pupil Maria Myskovskaya (Mussia) and from 1991-1995 the pleasure of learning from Lily Dykovskaya and Elena Terentieva (also of the Duncan School Moscow). Barbara’s performing group ‘Isadora Duncan Dance Group’ (IDDG) was formed as a group to perform only the group dances of Isadora Duncan based on the principle of working in a harmony as a group. IDDG continues with this principle. Barbara has created many group works and technique that accompany Isadora Duncan’s creations.
Anna Mackey is a dance historian based in Ireland. Anna is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance, London and Trinity College Dublin where she earned an M.A. in Russian. Anna has contributed to many curatorial projects on the history of dance, including the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909–1929 (2010) and the annual Diaghilev P. S. International Festival of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Anna’s writing has appeared in the Dancing Times, Dance Chronicle and other dance publications. She is a board member of the Dance Research Forum Ireland.
Shannon McMullan is a fourth generation Isadora Duncan dancer and RYT-200 Vinyasa Teacher residing in Brooklyn, New York. Shannon holds a BFA in Dance from Texas State University and is an MA-candidate in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management from Colorado State University. She has studied and performed with master Duncan teachers, Catherine Gallant, Beth Jucovy, Loretta Thomas, and Meg Brooker. She currently focuses on blending the Duncan technique with new choreography, yoga, and other movement practices. Shannon is a Programming Director and Event Manager because she believes in the potency that events have on our social and cultural identities.
Iris Mesko started as a classical ballet dancer at age 16 (Ljubljana, Slovenia), with character dance as my favorite, tried all different dance styles, also Modern (Karin Weahner, Summerschool in Rovinj), Jazz (Daniel Valcin, Paris) and Musical (Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria) than touring around the world as dancer and dance teacher. At present academic research about ancient old Egyptian dances. Started to dance Duncan style 5 years ago in Munich. At present interested in choreography work.
Misha Penton is a contemporary opera singer, experimental vocal composer, media artist, performance creator and director. Her projects blossom in many forms: live performance, sound and film works, site specific installations, and writings. Recent projects include Threshold, a site-specific experimental opera and Medusa Emergent, a media work created for the 35' high MediaWall at Bath Spa University, UK. Upcoming media and performance projects: Visible Darkness, a film celebrating the monstrous feminine; Inhale Starlight at Asia Society Texas; and Misha's directorial debut with Houston Grand Opera directing a new web opera in HGO's series Star Cross’d. mishapenton.com
Birgit Pittig studied Duncan Dance for 15 years and gave classes in the Elizabeth Duncan School. Her main teacher was Hannelore Schick, who danced in the EDS with Gertrud Drück, the Co-worker of Elizabeth. Birgit also is a practioneer of the dancing system of Rosalia Chladek, a dancer of Hellerau up to the 1920ties, and trained with Fe Reichelt, a member of the Company of Mary Wigman. Her further education in various contemporary dance techniques includes i.e. placement and release techniques. Currently Birgit is studying the work of Feldenkrais for Dancers. She performed Solos and danced in Companies in Duncan Dance and has been teaching Duncan Dance in Germany, Europe and the USA.
Julia Pond, a contemporary dance artist and facilitator based in London, Julia Pond is a direct lineage Duncan dancer who was a member of Lori Belilove’s Isadora Duncan Dance Company from 2001-2005. There, she studied and performed with Lori Belilove and Cherlyn Smith, and received coaching from Julia Levien. Since 2012, Julia has also received direct coaching in repertory from Barbara Kane and performed with the Isadora Duncan Dance Group London/Paris, most recently at the Kalamata Dance Festival in Greece. She joined the Steering Committee of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium in 2014, and is a co-founder of the Duncan Dance Project. Julia has taught and performed the Duncan work throughout Europe, Russia and the United States, and has created 3 full length dance theater works rooted in the Duncan technique, which have toured to Italy, London and the US. She has also developed class material which fuses core principles of the Duncan technique with a contemporary class structure. As a performer, Julia has worked with artists Serena Korda on work presented at the Wellcome Collection and Camden Arts Centreand, and Zorka Wollny at Ballet Meetings Festival, Lodz, Poland. Julia is a founding member of the Art Monastery Project and a lead facilitator at LIFEbeat and with PYE Global. She has a BFA in Dance from Boston Conservatory and an MA in International Relations.
Kathleen Quinlan Zetterberg
Kathleen Quinlan is originally from New York and has been living in Stockholm, Sweden, since 1987. She trained at Boston Conservatory of Music and S.U.N.Y. at Purchase. Kathleen danced as a soloist in Anna Sokolow´s New Players Project, as well as various Duncan Dance Companies in the States and Paris. Ms. Quinlan worked very closely with Anna Duncan, one of Isadora´s original pupils . At Anna’s death, in 1980. She has given two exhibitions of the Collection at the Dance Museum in Stockholm. Ms. Quinlan travels as a guest teacher choreographing new works as well as setting the original choreography of Isadora. Kathleen has taught at Ballet Academy in Stockholm, Royal Swedish Ballet School, National College of Dance in Stockholm and Piteå and theatre dance the National College of Theatre and SEAD, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria.
Adrienne Ramm feels very fortunate to have trained since childhood in the Isadora Duncan Technique. A protege 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, and is Artistic Advisor and Soloist with RammDance. Adrienne Ramm is also a composer/pianist for dance and has always felt that the merging of music and dance expresses her innate creative spirit.
Cheryl Renner is a 4th generation Duncan Dancer who studied with Hortense Kooluris and Kathryne Cassis, and performed at the dedication of Isadora Duncan House in Athens, Greece in 1994. Cheryl taught Duncan dance in New Orleans, LA and in Tampa, FL.
Valentina Ryazanova: Honored Culture Worker. Head of Folk Dance Sector of the International Cultural Center of RUDN university (Moscow, Russian Federation). Artistic director of the choreographic international folk dance ensemble "Rhythms of Friendship" at the The People’s Friendship University/RUDN university for over 40 years. Artistic director of the plastic dance ensemble “Isadora” at the RUDN university for about 20 years. Engaged in plastic dance from an early youth. One of the main custodians and disseminator of classic plastic dance method of Isadora Duncan in Russia.
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. In 1997, Sano established the Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing in San Francisco; dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Isadora Duncan’s art, and to exploring its contemporary relevance through ongoing new work. Sano also teaches and performs internationally, with notable tours/performances in Greece, The Czech Republic, Hungary, France, USA and Japan.
Head of the Elizabeth Duncan School in Munich. In her lessons, she lays stress on the basics of Duncan movement. Because Astrid is also very interested in traditional Greek folk dances, she integrates some of them in her Duncan lessons relating to Isadora’s passion for the Greek culture.
Emily Schofield is originally from England but was born in Munich, Bavaria. She completed her Waldorf school education there and is currently studying Italian and Theatre science at the Ludwig Maximilian University and works at the Bavarian State Opera. She studied ballet and several other forms of dance as well as twelve years of Eurythmy. She is a student at the Elisabeth-Duncan-School in Munich, practicing Duncan Dance under the guidance of Marion Hollering and Astrid Schleusener.
Elisabeth Schwartz trained mainly in New York with Margaret Craske, Merce Cunninghan, Viola Farber, began researching Isadora Duncan from 1978 onwards, learned he 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 Medicis 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— thesis: Not inventing in dance, paradox about the dance of Isadora Duncan. She transmits the Duncan repertory to non-professional or professional dancers, Paris Opera, Boris Charmatz, François Chaignaud.
Estela Serrano graduated in Dance at the Federal University of Bahia, in 1984. Nowadays, she is a dancer at the “Contemporânea Ensemble” company, directed by Fátima Suarez and repertoire of dances created by Isadora Duncan, and a member of “Cia do Meio”, a contemporary dance company directed by Leila Gomes. As a teacher, she gives classes of ballet, modern and contemporary dance for children, young and elderly people at the “Escola Contemporânea de Dança”. She is also the director of “Companhia 2 Pilates”, attending adults and mostly elders.
Annah Slayton is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a B.S. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in dance from Middle Tennessee State University. She first encountered Duncan while studying at MTSU and has since done performance work with Duncan Dance South under the artistic direction of Meg Brooker.
Jennifer Sprowl is Artistic Director of Duncan Dance Chicago and a founding member of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium. A founding dancer of Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Sprowl trained directly with Duncan dance luminaries Belilove, Hortense Kooluris, and Julia Levien; she has extensive training in ballet and modern dance and has performed with the Dayton Ballet Company, among others. A faculty member at Joffrey Academy of Dance for the last seven years, Sprowl regularly conducts master classes in Duncan technique throughout the Chicago area, most recently at Hyde Park School of Dance. She served as the 2015-16/17 Loyola University Dance Concert choreographer and has staged innovative interpretations of Isadora’s repertoire for Momenta and The Chicago Academy for the Arts. Sprowl’s company, Duncan Dance Chicago, performs across the city and hosts workshop intensives on an ongoing basis. Sprowl’s recent collaborations include Dancestry as well as several touring productions with Meg Brooker, Valerie Durham, and Julia Pond. A specialist in dancer conditioning, injury prevention, and pre/post rehabilitation, Sprowl is a graduate of the Ohashi Institute of Shiatsu and certified as an Active-Isolated Stretch/Strength practitioner based on the work of Aaron Mattes.
Fatima Suarez, Director of Mantra Dance Center is graduated in dance at the Federal Unversity of Bahia. She concluded her studies in classical dance at Castro Alves Theatre Ballet School in 1987. As student she specialized in modern and contemporary dance having classes in Bahia, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, at the London Contemporary Dance School (The Place) and the Laban Centre of Movement, in England and at the Martha Graham Dance School and Merce Cunninghamm Dance Foundation in New York. 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 Escola Contemporânea de Dança institution that she directs since 1990. They two participated in many events and shows in Brazil and conducted several workshops at the Dance School of Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia and at Jornada de Dança da Bahia. As a Professional she served as dancer in Mantra Cia. De Dança since 1987 and Contemporânea Ensemble since 2002 working with national choreographers as Marcelo Moacyr, Tíndaro Silvano, Ana Maria Mondini, Lia Robato, and international as Lori Belilove, Gerard Laffuste and Edith Meric, Frank Handeller and Diane Eslhout among others, dancing in the main capitals of Brazil, France ,New York City and 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.
Amy Swanson, born in Salem, Ma. USA, is a devout Duncan Dancer since 1975. She studied, performed and choreographed modern dance from an early age and discovered the Duncan archives at Lincoln Center in 1975 during a research project for her degree at the Five-College Program. She found Jeanne Bresciani who was offering classes at NYU in the singular tradition of Duncan generosity, introduced her to Victor Seroff and then to Julia Levien and Hortense Kooluris via their classes and rehearsals and Amy joined their company. Dancers present of that second generation after Isadora, was Sylvia Gold, Gemze de Lappe, and of our third generation we were many – Jeanne Bresciani, Barbara Kane, Judy Landon, the sisters Theda Detlor, Adrienne Ramm and Beth Jucovy, Lori Belilove, Pamela De Fina, Sincha. 1977-1980. Amy was often invited by Hortense to watch her rehearsal séances with Maria-Theresa Duncan in the Carnegie Hall studios and as a wedding gift from Hortense, Amy learned Isadora’s Bacchanal dance in Hortense’s garden. Amy moved to Paris, France in 1980 and was invited by Ligoa Duncan, Raymond’s daughter, to work at their Akademia on the rue de Seine where she performed a recital with Kathleen Quinlan. She met Madeleine Lytton, Odile Pyros from the original Lisa Duncan company in Paris and Maryanne Lebel, dance and pianist student of Elisabeth Duncan and Max Mertz. She danced for these French Duncan dancers, reminding them of forgotten dances and also discovered choreographies that she brought back to NY where Julia and Hortense rejoiced in seeing dances they had forgotten. “The Harp Étude” as danced by Odile was one of them and Julia described how she remembered Irma dancing it. And it was then that Amy saw the limits of the dances – where the authentic choreography lay and where the job of the interpreter lies. Julia would visit Amy whenever she came to Paris and generously shared choreography and notions of interpretation with her each time. Amy is happy to have kept in close contact with Kathleen Quinlan Zetterberg and her daughter Lilly and to have renewed connections with Barbara Kane and Jeanne Bresciani. With her beloved husband Alain Salmon, Amy created two venues for dance: studio Le Regard du Cygne in Paris and the artists’ residency À La Taille-Danseurs à la fin du temps in Normandy. She continues to choreograph, perform and has recently re-opened classes to those who seek dancing the repertory and the technique of Isadora Duncan.
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 and Adrian Ramm. Ms. Thomas performed and taught for Austin Civic Ballet, Sokoloff Dance Ensemble and Lori Belilove and Co. She currently works 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, the Isadora Duncan international Symposium, the NDEO Convention and Mark Morris Dance Center where she is currently on faculty. Ms. Thomas is artistic director of Moving Visions Inc. studio where she teaches Duncan technique as well as coaching and directing the Moving Visions Dancers.
Born in Switzerland, Francesca Todesco moved to New York in 1998 to pursue her dance career. She studied at the Limón Institute and Peridance for over 10 years, where she deepened her modern dance studies with Jim May. In 2000 she joined Catherine Gallant/DANCE & Dances by Isadora, extensively performing and teaching works of Isadora Duncan in the U.S. and abroad. She also joined Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble in 2003 and now serves as managing director and assists in the reconstruction of Ms. Sokolow’s repertory. Francesca proudly ran her own children’s program, Every Little Movement, in Hoboken for 10 years.
Christina Tsardoulias was born in San Francisco, California. As a student of the San Francisco Ballet School, she performed with the San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She received a BA in Dance from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. In 2003, she founded Samos School of Dance in Samos, Greece. Christina has presented at the Congress of Research in Dance, Dance History Scholars and Dance Studies Association. She is honored to have hosted international artists in Samos such as Meg Brooker, Lori Belilove and The Isadora Duncan Dance Company.
Jacqueline Waltz is an American dance therapist and educator living and working in London. Associate Fellow at Univ. of Derby, UK, in Oct. 2018.presented at Jews and Jewish dance conference @ASU, Phoenix AZ, in August 2018 in Bavaria, "Blue Land", Duncan exchange résidence , and will be presenting in Austria, Impulstanz, in August 2019. In NYC she was a member of the Duncan Heritage Group, under Maria Theresa Duncan and Kay Beardsley, and continues to work with Barbara Kane, IDDG, in London and abroad.
Cynthia Word, Founder and Artistic Director of Word Dance Theater. Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Word creates award-winning Isadora Duncan-based dance/theater productions, blending compelling story, live music, contemporary choreography and the dances of Isadora Duncan to create productions that examine and celebrate the depth and breadth of the human experience. Awards: States of Mind: finalist for Outstanding Choreography, Dance Metro DC; 24 Preludes: Duncan, Sand & Chopin: Maria Theresa Duncan Award for Excellence, The Isadora Duncan International Institute; Once Wild: Isadora in Russia: nominated for 9 Dance Metro DC awards, awarded 1. Outstanding Group Performance and 2. Outstanding Media Design.
Elizabeth Disharoon Wright
Elizabeth Disharoon Wright is a principal dancer with Lori Belilove’s Isadora Duncan Dance Company in New York City. She regularly taught company class as well as master classes and workshops for the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, and has assisted with coaching and staging the company’s repertory of original Duncan choreography. A graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and the Juilliard School, Beth was also a senior member of Jennifer Muller/The WORKS for eight years and performed with a number of other modern dance companies in NYC. Since relocating to Greenville, SC in 2015, Beth has been on faculty at the Fine Arts Center and the SC Governor’s School, sharing her love for dance with high schoolers at the pre-professional and recreational levels.