Join us for a workshop in the technique and repertoire of legendary dance innovator, Isadora Duncan. This rare opportunity to study the expressive movement vocabulary of Duncan will focus on the distinct elements of her technique and relate the work to dance history and contemporary practice.
Inspired by nature, myth, and music, Duncan was both an improviser and a choreographer, an unconventional genius in her time. She explored movement principles that form the foundation of an organic, supple, and integrated technique, and her works have retained their vitality and relevance for today's dancers.
During the session, facilitated by the Duncan Dance Project, we will explore dynamic, whole-body movement through space, powered by rhythmic footwork and breath-supported gesture, as well as phrases from Duncan's historic rep.
Dancers of all levels are welcome. No prior Duncan training necessary.
Prepay online for the entire week or pay at the door. We accept cash, credit, or check made payable to New Dialect.
There is no pre-registration required for class. Doors open at 9am. Class ends at 11.
Please be sure to arrive with enough time to sign in and warm up before class begins.
Famed for her bare feet, silk tunics, and free spirit, Isadora Duncan (1877- 1927) identified the solar plexus as the initiatory center of all emotive and expressive movements and trained a generation of dancers who preserved and passed on her movement technique, as well as her extensive repertory of dances, through a body-to-body legacy still active today.
Visit Isadora Duncan Archive for more information about Duncan's dance repertory.
"For me the dance is not only the art that gives expression to the human soul through movement, but also the foundation of a complete conception of life..."
-Isadora Duncan, The Art of the Dance
Meg Brooker is a Tennessee-based Isadora Duncan dance artist and Assistant Professor of Dance at Middle Tennesse State University. She is a founder and steering committee member of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium and a former member of Lori Belilove & Company, Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, New York.
As a Duncan dancer, Meg has performed as a Duncan dancer throughout North America, Europe, and Russia.
As an educator, Meg has taught master classes and staged Duncan work for dance programs at a range of institutions including The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, Northwest Vista College, the Anglo American School of Moscow, and Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to her work at the college and university level, Meg has taught on the faculties of The School at Steps on Broadway, Tapestry Dance Academy, the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, and the Noyes School of Rhythm Foundation, where she also serves on the Board of Directors.
Meg has presented scholarship on Isadora Duncan and Florence Fleming Noyes for Society of Dance History Scholars, Congress on Research in Dance, and National Dance Educators Organization, blogged about early twentieth century dance at Tunics in Texas, and contributed as a writer to Dance Studio Life magazine. Meg holds an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Yale.