ISADORA DUNCAN Biography - Famous Poets and dancers


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Born in 1878 in San Francisco, Isadora Duncan grew up in a childhood filled with   
imagination and art. Her mother introduced her four children (Isadora was           
youngest) to classical music, as well as Shakespeare, poetry, literature and art.   
Isadora spent many hours playing and dancing upon the beach, and even taught       
dance classes to younger children as a way to earn a little extra money for the     
struggling family.                                                                 
In her teenage years, Isadora traveled to Chicago and New York with some of her     
family members, working and performing in various productions such as Mme.         
Pygmalion, Midsummer's Night Dream or vaudeville shows with limited success.       
It was not until she reached London, however, that Isadora began to find           
acceptance for her dancing. She performed in private "salons" for ladies of         
social standing and their guests in London and Paris. Gradually her popularity     
grew, and she began performing on great stages throughout Europe.                   
Throughout her career, Isadora had a driving vision for the education of young     
children, grounding their learning in art, culture, movement and spirituality as   
well as as traditional academic lessons. She began her first school in Grunewald,   
Germany in 1904, selecting children from the poorer classes and providing           
completely for all their physical and materials need from her own pocket.           
The financial drain of her schools (schools were also established in Russia and     
Paris at various points in her life) forced Isadora to tour and perform             
considerably, leaving her sister Elizabeth in charge of the schools and pupils.     
Though not a believer in what she saw as the chains of marriage, Isadora did       
have two children, Deidre and Patrick, with two of her lovers, Gordon Craig and     
Paris Singer. Tragically the two children drowned with their governess in the       
Seine river in 1913.                                                               
The following years were difficult for Isadora, and she stopped dancing for a       
time. Finally, however, she found a renewed artistic energy when she returned to   
her schools and her "foster" children, the school pupils. She even adopted six     
of those children, the "Isadorables" as they were billed by the press later when   
they began to perform with Isadora.                                                 
Tragically, Isadora's life was cut short in 1927 in a car accident along the       
Riveria. However, Isadora's spirit lives on through the tremendous influence she   
had, not only in dance, but on all art forms, in society and on cultural norms.