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Isadora Duncan Biography

Isadora Duncan was a pioneer of modern dance in early 20th-century America. She is often credited with moving dance away from strict formal structures and toward more free-flowing forms of personal expression. She wore Grecian-style gowns, often performed barefoot, and startled audiences by employing such everyday human movements as skipping and running. Isadora Duncan is also remembered as an early feminist; among other things, she did not believe in marriage and bore two children out of wedlock by two different men. She was killed in a freak 1927 accident when her long scarf became tangled in the rear axle of her automobile.

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    Isadora Duncan famously missed sailing on the Lusitania, the passenger liner sunk in 1915 by a German torpedo. She'd just ended an American tour that hadn't done well financially, so she opted to take a cheaper trip. Although it's said she sailed aboard the New York, Smithsonian Magazine says she really sailed aboard the Dante Alighieri.

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