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The History of (Isadora Duncan)

I have to admit, the reason I remember Isadora Duncan so clearly is that her stylish trademark {super long silk scarves} led to an untimely death. But still, reading up on her led to many more interesting facets of her character. While she died young it's amazing to see how much living {and how many ups-and-downs} she squeezed into her short life. Some quick sketches and bullet points on Isadora:

Isadora Duncan was born in San Francisco in 1877. She started giving dance lessons after her father lost his bank and the family fell into financial straits. Eventually dance brought her to New York City but even the Big Apple wasn't enough to keep her occupied. Bored, she moved to London where she took dance inspiration from the Greek art she found in rich people's drawing rooms and in museums.

Isadora became the mother of modern dance after she turned away from the rigidness of ballet in favor of free-flowing Grecian gowns, long scarves and fluid movements. Her proteges were called "Isadorables"!

Her {ahead of its time} hippie-like lifestyle led her to have two children out-of-wedlock. Both drowned in 1913 in a car accident in the Seine River in Paris. Isadora was so despondent that she immediately begged a stranger to sleep with her so that she could have another baby {the stranger turned out to be a renowned Italian sculptor; the baby died shortly after birth}.

Next she briefly married poet Sergei Yesenin. He was 18 years younger and neither knew the other's language. They split after three years, he married Tolstoy's granddaughter and killed himself that same year.

By then stylish Isadora had become more known for her money problems, love life...and public drunkenness. While in Nice, France she got into a car wearing one of her trademark long silk scarves. It wound around a wheel and broke her neck. She was 50.

Today, you can still find a dance company bearing her name and Isadorables.

April 01, 2014


Rebecca Maureen is a graphic designer currently based outside of Philadelphia. This is her fun side project.

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