Pioneers in Dance: Isadora Duncan, a FREE Learning Program


January 9, 2014 by Nicole

The Center for Contemporary Dance will host Pioneers in Dance: Isadora Duncan, a free learning program that is open to the public and designed to celebrate one of the pioneers of modern and contemporary dance.

The program will include a lecture and dialogue about Duncan’s legacy, led by dance educator Mary Love Ward, Artistic Director for Mary Love Dance Projects, one of several dance companies in residency at The Center for Contemporary Dance. There will also be a presentation of Duncan’s filmed works and a movement component where participants will have the opportunity to learn basic, Duncan-inspired choreography. Don’t be intimidated – the movement component is designed for any level of dance experience and is intended to be a kinesthetic approach for those learners who prefer to learn by doing.

A quick primer: Isadora Duncan was born on May 26, 1877 and is often credited with inventing what is now known as modern dance. Her free-spirited choreography and costuming challenged the established orthodoxies of ballet, and she was initially ridiculed and criticized for insulting tradition. Duncan experienced her first major success in Budapest, Hungary with a series of sold-out performances in 1902. She would go on to experience continuing international success, celebrated by audiences, critics and fellow artists. She died suddenly on September 14, 1927 when her scarf became tangled in the rear wheels of the car in which she was riding, instantly breaking her neck.

Pioneers in Dance: Isadora Duncan is part of an ongoing series of community dance education programs. Future learning programs will feature other dance legends such as Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, Alvin Ailey, Ruth St. Denis and more. These learning programs are an important part of CCD’s mission to educate and inspire the community through dance.

“As an education and incubation center for evolving perspectives in dance,” says Executive Director Craig W. Johnson, “it’s important to introduce the community to the history and pioneers behind dance as we know it today. There are legacies that live behind the work we do, and it’s important to share the history that led us to where we are today.”

Event Details
When: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014
Where: The Center for Contemporary Dance,
3580 Aloma Avenue #7, Winter Park, FL 32792
Cost: Free and open to the public; reservations required.
Seating is limited and comfortable attire is recommended.
Reservations: Call (407) 695-8366 or reserve free tickets online.

Photo provided by Dance Consortium.


2 thoughts on “Pioneers in Dance: Isadora Duncan, a FREE Learning Program

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am very interested in who is teaching Isadora Duncan dance. We have just moved to Melbourne, Fl. and I have been an Isadora Duncan dancer all my life. I am now 62 and have danced with all the 4th generation teachers- Mignon Garland in Sf, Julia Levein and Hortence Kooluris in New York and performed in all their companies for the last 30 years.
    Still dancing . love to connect

    • Nicole says:

      Hi there! This post was about a special learning program that CCD hosted about a year ago. It was led by Mary Love Ward, Artistic Director for Mary Love Dance Projects. I would definitely recommend contacting CCD directly (407-695-8366 or email for more information or to talk further on your interests. Thanks for reading Dance Orlando & welcome to Central Florida!

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