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Welcome to Marie Carstens and Marybeth Hraniotis, joining the IDIS Steering Committee for 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Marie Carstens and Marybeth Hraniotis to the IDIS steering committee. Both are direct lineage Duncan dancers. Marie is also a dance therapy professional and Marybeth has developed her own way of working with psycho-physical integration via dance, aromatherapy, and more. They will be bringing all their amazing knowledge to our 2017 Symposium. Read their full bios here.


We are getting close to announcing our location and dates for the 2017 Symposium. We don’t want to jinx anything but it’s looking very exciting…stay tuned…


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Pre-and-Post Conference Events

Pre-Conference: Wed, June 10th

Tour of Millennium Park (Meet at Joffrey Tower between 3-3:15pm)

If you’re getting into town on Wednesday, we have booked a free tour of Millennium Park with Chicago Greeter at 3:30pm. Meet us at the Joffrey Tower between 3-3:15 so we can go over together. Millennium Park is a gorgeous, a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities An inspiring interaction between sculpture, architecture and nature, and an iconic feature of the Chicago landscape. Please RSVP to info@duncansymposium.com . We do need to know numbers!

Meet-up at Palmer House Hilton at 6pm

Join us at the historic Palmer House lobby for a casual kick off to the symposium. Built over 140 years ago, The Palmer House would have surely been a place Isadora might have visited during her brief time in Chicago. It’s also the site where the brownie was invented! We’ll meet in the lovely art deco lobby for tea and brownies, drinks and some pre-symposium conversation. Come say hi to friends!

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Palmer House Lobby: 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago

You’re welcome to join for one or both! We think these will be a lovely, relaxed way to connect with other attendees before the Symposium kicks off on Thursday morning.

Post-Conference: Sat, June 13th

Following the Symposium, we’re happy to invite you to a reception and dinner at the Silversmith Hotel, beginning at 5pm….we hope you’ll be able to join us to celebrate the end of our time together! Here are the options; please select what you would like from the drop-down menu on the Paypal button to pay and reserve your spot.

5-6:30pm Reception 
Light food with a cash bar
Contribution $20
Click to reserve your place

6:30pm Dinner
Adamus Restaurant
Contribution $55
Click to reserve your place

BOTH: $75
Click to reserve your place at both


Silversmith Hotel, 10 S Wabash Avenue, Chicago



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