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    Catherine Gallant

    Catherine Gallant

    Isadora Duncan Technique


    Catherine Gallant is the director and co-founder (with Patricia Adams in 1989) of Dances by Isadora which performs, teaches and collaborates with Duncan dancers throughout the world. She began her study of the technique of Isadora Duncan with Julia Levien, (a student of Anna and Irma Duncan) in 1982. She is a founding member of the Duncan Archive, an online repository for the Duncan legacy. duncanarchive.org. Catherine is the US performer of Jerome Bel’s Isadora Duncan, part of his dancer series. Ms. Gallant is a NYCDOE dance educator and has taught at PS 89 in Manhattan since 1998. She and her students were featured in the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, PS DANCE! She was on the writing committee for NYC Blueprint for the Arts in DANCE and is on the faculty of Hunter College and the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at the 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center. Catherine creates fully contemporary works with her company Catherine Gallant/DANCE, recently performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University.

    Class Description:

    Isadora Duncan: Where is she now? a workshop led by Catherine Gallant (title is optional) This workshop will focus on the breath and embodied flow of the Duncan technique and include a close look at one of her works created between 1900 and 1923. Through an acknowledgement of Duncan's time period we re- examine and re-imagine the work making it our own expression rooted in the present. Duncan is quoted as saying that she never taught her students to dance but rather asked them to appeal to their spirits. We will renew and build upon this vision of self-empowerment for a diverse and inclusive dance community bringing 21st century energies and understandings to enliven the work.

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