Born on this day in San Francisco, California, Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) revolutionized American Modern Dance, introducing a new "free" style, where emotion propelled movement and improvisation.
She danced barefoot and bare-legged, in filmy scarves, without traditional corsets. She was a "free" spirit, liberated before it was fashionable for women to be liberated, dancing solo when it was unheard of to do so.
Passionate and provocative... She said the Pacific Ocean and waving Sierra Nevada pine forests inspired her dynamic movements.
In her autobiography, My Life, Duncan wrote, "I was born under the star of Aphrodite who was also born of the sea."
Duncan moved with spontaneous expressions, walking, skipping, running, leaping. Freedom carefully choreographed, with graceful technique and style. She was triumphant.
"If my art is symbolic of any one thing, it is symbolic of the freedom of woman and her emancipation," she explained. The solar plexus, she said, is where the soul lives.
"It is not for us to arrive at knowledge. We know, as we love, by instinct, faith, emotion."
Dance to health and happiness.