The dance of Isadora Duncan is highly adaptable for different populations, levels of experience, and ages. It may be looked at purely through the lens of dance history focusing on it’s basis as modern dance in the 20th century or, for professional track dancers, the technique and repertoire provide a new perspective to students of ballet and contemporary dance. The underlying creative movement aspect of the work brings experimentation and body awareness to children, non-dancers and those who may benefit from dance as a therapeutic experience.
Dances by Isadora challenges expectations about who dances and why. We are passionate about igniting a curiosity for dance, inviting audiences of all ages, genders, abilities and cultures to consider the impact of dance in their own lives. We recognize that the dancing body comes in many shapes and sizes that may not conform to existing norms in the classically focused dance world. Our priorities emphasize the unique and powerful movement qualities of each performer as they relate to the technique and repertoire of Isadora Duncan. Our practice is lead by ongoing inquiry, consistent and probing feedback and an openness to new ideas and approaches that will engage our expanding audience.
We believe that dance is for everyone. The history of dance is important to its continued development and shows the trajectory of dance as one of individual artistic, social, political and cultural expression. We are always aware of the assumed hierarchies within work which has been created in the past. In our presentations and teaching we address questions of authority, ownership, appropriation, power and inclusion. Our aim is to open opportunities for learning and participation for ourselves and for everyone with whom we work.
Catherine Gallant and members of Dances by Isadora have lead masterclasses and workshops bringing this dance of breath and spirit to students across the globe.
Contact us to find out more about our education program.
Upcoming Workshops Join Dances by Isadora monthly at the Mark Morris Dance Center for a class in the art and technique of Isadora Duncan. contact: firstname.lastname@example.org