1. True or False: Isadora Duncan grew up in Paris.
2. Though she studied ballet in her youth, how did Duncan claim she learned to dance?
3. Why did she move to Europe in 1899?
4. What event sparked America’s fascination with Greek
culture and provided Duncan with inspiration for her trademark look?
5. Duncan wore _____ costumes and created movement based on _____, _____, _____ and _____.
6. What style of music did she use? Give an example of one composer whose music she danced to.
7. What was the group of dancers that Duncan taught and performed with called?
8. Duncan had _____ children out of wedlock.
9. True or False: Duncan was booed off of American stages, accused of being a communist.
10. Which choreographers did her work mainly influence?
1. False; Duncan grew up in San Francisco; 2. She told audiences she learned by watching the ocean—she felt the tide’s movement corresponded to the lung’s
expansion and contraction, which created heaviness and lightness in the body.; 3. American dancers were treated as showgirls, not artists; and there were more
opportunities for concert dancers in Europe; 4. The Olympics; 5. toga-like; walking, skipping, running and leaping.; 6. She used Romantic music; composers
Schubert, Chopin, Gluck and Brahms; 7. The Isadorables; 8. Two; 9. True; 10. Michel Fokine, Doris Humphrey, José Limón and Mark Morris
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