Who is Isadora Duncan?

Dora Angela Duncan was born 26 May 1877 in San Francisco California. Known to the
world as Isadora Duncan, she is regarded as the Mother of Modern Dance. Isadora
grew up with her mother and sister in a poor suburban home. After her father
abandoned the family, all three women were forced to work. The children became
impromptu dance teachers while the mother taught piano lessons. 

Isadora Duncan was never a conventional child. Raised as an atheist by her mother
and taught that individualism is more important than public acceptance, she
eventually dropped out of school and moved to Europe by the beginnings of the
20th century. In Paris, Isadora Duncan opened her own school of dance, which she
intended to be " as different to the ugly style of classic ballet as possible. "
She became wildly acclaimed not only among dancers, but also to the eyes of
sculptors, writers, and other artists. By 1910, Isadora Duncan was already
considered a living icon. 

Isadora's private life was marked by a series of scandals. She had two children
out of wedlock, one with married theater designer Gordon Craig and one with
sewing machine magnate Paris Singer. Both of her children tragically drowned when
the car they were in rolled into the river Seine in 1913. 

Isadora Duncan had a passionate affair with Spanish-American poet, Mercedes de
Acosta. She has also been linked to actress Eleonora Duse and writer Natalie
Barney. Isadora Duncan made it public knowledge that she was bisexual, eliciting
a scandal when she proclaimed it on a stage in Boston, during her 1922-1923 tour.
After this, Isadora Duncan lived briefly in Moscow, where she met and married
28-year-old poet Sergei Yesenin. The marriage lasted only a few months, after
which Isadora returned to Europe. 

As years went by, Isadora's career dwindled, mostly because of her refusal to
perform commercially and her public displays of drunkenness. Troubled by debts,
she was encouraged by friends to write an autobiography, but never actually
finished it. Isadora Duncan died of strangulation on 14 September, 1927, when her
scarf got caught on the wheel of a friend's car. Her autobiography, My Life, was
published a few years later.



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