Isadora Duncan

Dancer / Choreographer

Born: 26 May 1877
Died: 14 September 1927 (automobile crash)
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Best known as:

Free-spirited modern dancer of the early 1900s

Isadora Duncan was a pioneer of modern dance in early 20th-century America. She is often credited with moving dance away from strict formal structures and toward more free-flowing forms of personal expression. She wore Grecian-style gowns, often performed barefoot, and startled audiences by employing such everyday human movements as skipping and running. Isadora Duncan is also remembered as an early feminist; among other things, she did not believe in marriage and bore two children out of wedlock by two different men. She was killed in a freak 1927 accident when her long scarf became tangled in the rear axle of her automobile.

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