Isadora Duncan Biography Essay

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OL 703
Critical and Creative Thinking
Dr. Leslie Corbitt
February 18, 2018
Isadora Duncan
Brief Biography Isadora Duncan was born May 26, 1877 or 1878, according to some sources in San Francisco, California (, 2016). Her mother, Dora, divorced her father when Isadora was still a baby (, 2016). She was given the full name of Angela Isadora Duncan at birth, until she started to go by Isadora Duncan in 1894 (Stokes, 2018). Isadora Duncan had two children, Dierdre, a daughter, and Patrick Duncan, a son (, 2017). Miss Duncan was not married to either of her children’s fathers (Stokes, 2018). Isadora also adopted six children, known as the “Isadorables”; Anna, Maria-Theresa, Irma, Margot, Erica and Elizabeth (Kisselgoff, 1988). Although she was 17 years older, Isadora married Sergey Aleksandrovich Yesnin, a poet, in 1922 (Stokes, 2018). Miss Duncan did not believe in conventional marriage, however, she married Sergey in order for him to be able to travel to the United States with her (, 2016). Isadora Duncan was a pioneer of interpretative dance who started many dance schools in the United States, Germany and Russia (, 2016). Her
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Isadora was the youngest of four children born to parents, Mary Dora and Joseph Charles Duncan (, 2017). Her father, Joseph, was a banker, a mining engineer and an arts connoisseur (, 2017). Her mother, Mary Dora Gray, was a piano teacher and a lover of art (, 2016). Her siblings were named Augustin, Raymond and Elizabeth Duncan (, 2017). After Isadora was born, her father lost his job and her parents divorced (, 2017). Her mother moved the family to Oakland, California, where she tried to support the family as a piano teacher (,

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