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Irma Duncan

(1897—1977)


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German-US dancer and teacher; adopted daughter of Isadora Duncan. She was one of the first pupils to join Isadora's Grünewald school and made her debut at the Berlin Kroll Opera in 1905. She toured with the children's group, then in 1911 became a teacher at the Elizabeth Duncan school (run by Isadora's sister) in Darmstadt. In 1914 she went to teach in Isadora's school in Bellevue-sur-Seine and between 1918 and 1920 she performed as one of the six Duncan girls in New York. She then danced with Isadora in Paris and in 1921 founded the Moscow school with her. After Isadora's death in 1927 she became director of the school and toured the US and China with her pupils. In 1930 she settled in the US and gave her last performance in New York, Ode to Peace, set to the last movement from Beethoven's 9th Symphony. She was author of Isadora Duncan's Russian Days (with A. Ross Macdougall, New York, 1929), The Technique of Isadora Duncan (New York, 1937), and Duncan Dancer (Middletown, Conn., 1966).

From The Oxford Dictionary of Dance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Dance.


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