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Dancer & Artistic Director Lori Belilove on Founding a Dance Company

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What does it take to found and sustain an artistic institution? Join us as the Independent Artists & Thinkers Network talks to Lori Belilove, the celebrated Artistic Director and founder of The Isadora Duncan Dance Company & Foundation.

Lori Belilove is recognized around the world as the premier interpreter and ambassador of the dance of Isadora Duncan. She is sought after as a unique contemporary artist who understands the essence of Isadora. Known as a solo dance artist for her interpretations of Duncan’s signature solos and staging of Duncan’s group masterpieces, she has also been recognized for creating powerful, contemporary works in her own voice. The purity, timelessness, authentic phrasing, and musicality of Duncan dance has been passed down to Lori through a direct line of Isadora Duncan dancers.

Lori received a B.F.A. in dance, religion, and classical studies from Mills College. Since the age of twelve, she has pursued her passion for modern dance, training primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York. Lori Belilove is the leading dancer in the award-winning PBS documentary Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul, narrated by stage and screen actress Julie Harris. Lori has toured extensively both nationally and internationally in Brazil, Korea, West Africa, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. As a master teacher, she has held residencies at such distinguished institutions as Harvard University, The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Smith College, University of Alabama, Ohio State, UC Berkeley, Drexel University and Franklin & Marshall, among others.

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