There have been an estimated eighty dances from the Duncan repertory that have been handed down through generations of Duncan Dancers, from Isadora to her adopted daughters, Isadorables Anna, Maria-Theresa, Irma, Elizabeth, Margot, and Erica Duncan. From teacher to student, dancer to dancer, these treasures have been passed on in the oral history tradition of learning from one’s experienced elders.
Lois has studied ballet and Isadora Duncan dance from 1969 (ballet) and 1986 (Duncan) through 2011.
Authentic Isadora Dance can only be learned from her successors. The following are key teachers under whom Lois has studied:
Ballet Masters Lois has studied under:
1. Allen Howard, Pacific Ballet of San Francisco; danced with Ballet Russe of
2. Ron Guidi, Founder and Director of the Oakland Ballet
3. Richard Commack, Director of the Contra Costa Ballet, formally with the San
4. Pepper Smith Dance Studio, San Francisco.
5. Sheila Zhoregos, Modern Dance, San Francisco
“The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.”
Second Generation Duncan Teachers:
1. Mignon Garland
2. Julia Levien
3. Hortense Kooluris
4. Sylvia Gold
5. Madelaine Litton
6. Ligoa Duncan
LOIS’ TEACHING RÉSUMÉ
1. FOUNDER OF DIABLO DANCE THEATER OF DANVILLE
2. FOUNDER OF BALLET PETITE OF DANVILLE
3. OAKLAND BALLET & GREATER BAY AREA
4. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA COMMUNITY CENTERS,
LAFAYETTE, PLEASANT HILL
5. WORKSHOPS AT ISIS OASIS AND BEN LOMOND
6. TEACHING THE DANCES OF ISADORA DUNCAN
7. PRIVATE DANCE COACHING
8. PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER
LOIS’ ISADORA DUNCAN DANCE CLASSES
Isadora Dance “as an art”, inspired by natural movement and set to existing classical music is beautiful and expressive.
Duncan’s dance technique includes a short barre, strengthening feet, legs and back, followed by stretches and gestures taken from the Duncan School in Paris (1903-1927).
“To express what is most beautiful and healthful in art”: this is the mission of the dancer.
Movement across the floor will include waltzes, reaches, light runs, Duncan walking, etc. I will include serious weighted movements taken from Isadora’s dances, preparing the dancer for the historical choreography.
Duncan style tunics will be available for students.
The class is designed for all levels of dancers. Dancing is a natural and healthful expression for all to enjoy!