Isadora Duncan

Dancer and Choreographer
Born May 27, 1877

Angela Isadora Duncan was an American dancer. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. She performed to acclaim throughout Europe after being exiled from the United States for her Soviet sympathies. Duncan's fondness for flowing scarves was the cause of her death in an automobile accident in Nice, France, when she was passenger in an Amilcar.… Read More

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1877 Birth Born on May 27, 1877.


1889 12 Years Old Her parents were divorced by 1889 (the papers were lost in the San Francisco earthquake), and her mother moved with her family to Oakland. … Read More
1896 19 Years Old In 1896 Duncan became part of Augustin Daly's theater company in New York. … Read More


1898 21 Years Old Feeling unhappy and limited with her work in Daly’s company and with American audiences, Duncan decided to move to London in 1898. … Read More
1900 23 Years Old From London, Duncan traveled to Paris, where she drew inspiration from the Louvre and the Exposition Universelle of 1900.
1902 25 Years Old One day in 1902, Loie Fuller visited Duncan’s studio and invited Duncan to tour with her. … Read More


1914 37 Years Old Later, Duncan established a school in Paris that was shortly closed due to the outbreak of World War I. In 1914, Duncan moved to the United States and transferred the school there. … Read More
1915 38 Years Old Duncan had been due to leave the US in 1915 on board the RMS Lusitania on the voyage on which it sank, but historians believe her financial situation at the time drove her to choose a more modest crossing.


1921 44 Years Old In 1921, her leftist sympathies took her to the Soviet Union where she founded a school in Moscow. … Read More
1922 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Both in her professional and private lives, Duncan flouted traditional mores and morality. She was bisexual, and alluded to her Communism during her last United States tour, in 1922–23; Duncan waved a red scarf and bared her breast on stage in Boston, proclaiming, "This is red! … Read More


1927 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In his book Isadora, an Intimate Portrait, Sewell Stokes, who met Duncan in the last years of her life, describes her extravagant waywardness. Duncan's autobiography My Life was published in 1927. … Read More
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