Fall Dance Classes Are Coming
Our Fall classes for adults and youth will begin on Saturday, September 6. Check the class schedule page for all the details.
Youth classes will be divided into two age groups: ages 5-7 (or with special permission) and ages 8-12. The theme for the classes will be "Painting & Poetry." Together we'll explore the relationship between visual art from Greek, Renaissance, Impressionist, Romantic and Pre-Raphaelite art as well as the metaphorical images created from the poetry of William Blake, John Yeats, Ralph Waldo Emerson and William Wordsworth, among many others.
The adult class will be returning to the beginning of our progressive curriculum with Duncan Technique Level I. This is a very exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to learn the Duncan technique to do so with a strong foundational understanding of the principles and technique. Contact Valerie Durham if you are interested in beginning the Duncan Technique progressive curriculum.
Fall is just around the corner and we are getting ready to DANCE!
Tour of the West Coast
IDS Director Valerie Durham participated in a tour of the West Coast, visiting, interviewing and dancing with Isadora Duncan Dancers in the West Coast tradition. The themes of musicality, groundedness, directness, wildness and rawness reverberated through all the discussions and dance experiences. Valerie will be bringing these approaches and understandings to all the classes in the coming Fall semester.
The tour included an exclusive viewing of the valuable Holtzmann collection at the UCLA Special Collections Library. The collection includes original contracts, receipts and bills for Isadora's performances and studios, as well as personal correspondence, guest books, rare books, and original sketches by Grandjuan. One of the most special items was a diary kept by Edward Gordon Craig, the father of Isadora's first child, in which he wrote about Isadora (and sometimes even to her) after her death. A poignant and insightful record of one artist's feelings and thoughts about another great artist.
All our classes cultivate personal expressiveness, musicality, a connection to nature and a supportive community of dancers within the technique, philosophy and dances of the great mother of modern dance and revolutionary artist, Isadora Duncan, all within a contemporary approach and relevancy.