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Early Bird Discount Ends on Saturday, April 1

(And that’s no joke!)

Reminder, the early bird discount for the 2017 Isadora Duncan International Symposium ends on Saturday, April 1. If you wish to take advantage of the lower rate, please register right away: https://duncansymposium.com/register

Make sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 9 (to arrive) through Sunday, August 13 (to depart). The actual symposium will take place at the ODC Theater Building in The Mission, San Francisco from Thursday, August 10 through Saturday, August 12.

We are busy working on the schedule of presentations for the symposium in San Francisco. We are looking forward to our tour of historic Isadora sites around San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, our Saturday evening reception and dinner, and a Sunday gathering to dance on the beach – just like Isadora! More details on everything to come soon, so stay tuned!

And please spread the word! We want to see as many Duncan Dancers as possible at this amazing symposium and meeting of such beautiful dancers, artists, scholars, friends and even family. Email your dance colleagues the registration information and website: www.duncansymposium.com

See you in August!

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Proposal Deadline Extended

The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to January 15, 2017! Submissions can certainly be made earlier, but we hope to give our potential presenters a bit more time to work on and submit their presentation proposals. Submissions can be made here.

We look forward to receiving your exciting and inspiring presentation proposals to be part of the 2017 Isadora Duncan International Symposium in San Francisco, where we all gather together in Isadora’s historic birthplace!

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Early Bird Registration for IDIS 2017 in San Francisco Now Open!

Exciting News! Early Bird registration to attend the Isadora Duncan International Symposium 2017 in San Francisco is now open.

Our theme is “Resurgence: Bridging Time and Techniques.” We are so delighted to bring our bi-annual symposium will alight on the location of Isadora’s birth and early childhood. Surrounded by the land, the shore, the waves and the winds that inspired her appreciation of nature and movement, we will experience three amazing and inspiring days of workshops, master technique classes, lectures, presentations, new work, choreographic showings and much more.

Start making your plans now!

August 10-12, 2017
ODC Dance Commons: 
Main Office/Theater/School
351 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

The ODC Theater Building, where we will host IDIS 2017

The ODC Theater Building, where we will host IDIS 2017

We will have our Call for Proposals out soon (start thinking of ideas if you wish to present!) and will also post accommodation, transportation and other information soon. Join our mailing list here if you want to receive our emails and the call for proposals.

We are also working to look at additional tours of the area, to visit historic sites and important Isadora landmarks.

Reserve your spot now at the early bird rate! Register here.

And see you in San Francisco, August 10-12, 2017. We can’t wait!


Announcing the Isadora Duncan Archive

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Isadora Duncan Archive at www.isadoraduncanarchive.org – a new digital repository of in-depth and comprehensive information on Isadora Duncan and the legacy of her art of dance. The Isadora Duncan Archive includes resources on Isadora Duncan dances (Repertory), written materials (References), other repositories of artwork and historical artifacts (Collections), and the lineage of dancers (Dancer Directory).

The Archive is open to contributions from Duncan dancers, scholars, teachers, performers and historians. Contact info@isadoraduncanarchive.org with any contributions to the Archive.

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Proposals Have Been Accepted – Schedule Is on Its Way!

Dear Isadora Duncan Practitioners,

We were beyond delighted at the variety, depth and quantity of workshop, master class, discussion, lecture and choreographic showing proposals we received for this year’s upcoming symposium to be held June 11-13, at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, IL, USA.

All acceptances have been issued, and confirmations are rolling in. Here’s just a partial list of some of the exciting session topics:

Alice Bloch: Duncan’s Choreography as the Wellspring of her Technique (Workshop with Lori Belilove, Adrienne Ramm, Mary Sano, Andrea Seidel, Pamela de Fina and Catherine Gallant)

Frederick Curry: Rediscovering Duncan with PreK-12 Educators (Panel)

Mary Jean Cowell: The Influence of Isadora Duncan on Michio Ito (workshop)

Loretta Thomas: Discovering Duncan Technique (class)

Adrienne Ramm: Invoking the Mythological Archetype from Within (Workshop)

Linda Rapuano: Drenched in Beauty: The Numinous World Behind Duncan Dance (Workshop)

Patricia Adams: Art of Performing Duncan (Workshop)

Laura Pravitz: Isadora’s Morningstar

And many, many more….we’ll be posting the full schedule by the end of March, after we’ve received all presenter confirmations.

Meanwhile, have you registered yet? If not, do so today! We have already received many registrations, and space is limited. We encourage you to secure your participation at this historic gathering as soon as possible. We will be dancing on the exact spot on earth where Isadora was “discovered” dancing at the Masonic Temple in 1895! And make your hotel reservations as soon as you can as well, using the recommendations on our Accommodation page.

We look forward to dancing and learning and sharing with all of you at the 2015 Isadora Duncan International Symposium at Joffrey Tower, Chicago, IL, USA, from June 11-13.

All our best,

IDIS Steering & Host Committees

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Call for Proposals for 2015 Symposium in Chicago

Call for Proposals and Registration Open for 2015 Duncan Symposium
“Discovering Duncan”
June 11-13, 2015
at Joffrey Tower, Chicago, IL, USA

We are now accepting proposals to present at the 2015 Isadora Duncan International Symposium.

Attendance at the symposium is open to all practitioners and scholars of Duncan Dance and related techniques, including performance, choreography, repertory, education, research and scholarship, criticism, photography, visual and multimedia art and biography.

The conference working language is English.

The 2015 Symposium theme is “Discovering Duncan.” Isadora Duncan is often credited with many “discoveries” foundational to the development of modern dance: the relationship between breath and gesture, the use of weight and gravity,  individual expression as valid dance content, and dance as a vehicle for social and political platforms. She is also credited with “rediscovering” the Greek dance aesthetic, and some credit her success to “being discovered” by producers and other artists from Augustine Daly to Loie Fuller.

Each of us has our own story of discovery and Duncan dance.  What Duncan discoveries speak to and inspire you? What have you discovered through your Duncan practice? How can we rediscover Duncan now? How did you first encounter the Duncan work? How would you like to help others discover the work?

The symposium is an opportunity for Duncan Dance practitioners to demonstrate their methods and techniques, share important experience and knowledge, and present research and scholarship to a wider international Duncan community. It is also an opportunity for both presenters and participants to learn from each other in practical, theoretical, physical and artistic realms.

In crafting your proposal, please address the symposium theme. We will attempt to accommodate as many presenters as possible. You may submit more than one presentation for consideration. However, the number of slots may be limited due to scheduling and facility availability.

The proposal deadline is NOVEMBER 15, 2014. 


  • practical workshop/master class
  • reading/lecture/presentation
  • panel discussions
  • roundtable discussions with moderator
  • informal showings of choreography, repertory and works in progress with discussion sessions
  • video showings
  • other formats suggested by the presenter can be considered

To submit your proposal, please see the submission guidelines.

All attendees, including presenters, must register for the symposium. Symposium registration is $195 for the three-day event, and all sessions are open to all attendees. Register by March 1, 2015 and pay just $160 for your registration. Please click here to register. Accommodation, location and other information about the conference is available on the Symposium Information page.

We appreciate in advance if you could spread the word among your Duncan Dance friends, colleagues and community. Thank you very much for your creative work in the field of Duncan Dance, and we look forward to your participation at the symposium.


Isadora Duncan International Symposium Steering Committee
Meg Brooker, MFA
Valerie Durham, MFA
Julia Pond
Jennifer Sprowl

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Announcing the Isadora Duncan International Symposium, Chicago 2015

After the success of the first Isadora Duncan International Symposium in June 2013, and the continued bubbling of activity in the larger community that’s followed, we are proud to announce the dates and venue and open registration for the second Symposium.

Join us June 11-13, 2015 at the Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago for the 2nd Isadora Duncan International Symposium. We’ll convene on the former site of the Masonic Temple where Isadora danced in 1895 at the outset of her career. During the three day conference we will delve into the idea of discovery: new historical insights, present-day issues around Duncan performance and scholarship work, and new visions for the future. We love that we have the opportunity to do this on the spot where Isadora was, in a way, ‘discovered’.

The conference is open to all practitioners in the art of Isadora Duncan, in the fields of dance performance, choreography, scholarship and education, history and criticism, dance therapy, photography, visual arts, music, and more. Participants will have the opportunity to present, discuss and, of course, dance, in a variety of masterclasses, panel discussions, choreographic showings, and more…including a final reception and celebration, venue TBD.

Are you as excited as we are? Reserve the dates on your calendar now. Early bird registration will be available soon.

Interested in proposing a presentation? A call for proposals will be posted in soon.

Questions? Ideas? We’d love to hear from you. We’re so thrilled to offer another chance for the Duncan community to gather, share ideas and best practices, and forward Duncan’s legacy, and hope to see you there.

Warm wishes,

The IDIS Steering Committee

Margaret Brooker, MFA
Valerie Durham, MFA
Julia Pond