Valerie Durham | Dance Artist

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About

Valerie Durham is a direct lineage Duncan Dancer who has studied the Isadora Duncan technique since 1992. Valerie has studied and performed as a Company Member with the prestigious Lori Belilove & Company in New York City, and has studied with Duncan Dance Masters Lori Belilove, Jeanne Bresciani, Barbara Kane, Julia Levien and Hortense Kooluris, as well as other Duncan Dance teachers including Carrie Tron, Roberta Hoffman, Lynn Armentrout, Marie Carstens and Jill Sonke-Henderson. Valerie performed with Sonke-Henderson's DuncanWorks Children's Dance Theater in Gainesville, Florida.

Valerie has taught the Duncan technique at the Isadora Duncan Foundation and Steps on Broadway in New York City, as well as at schools in Princeton, NJ, Gainesville, FL, Annapolis, MD and the Washington, DC area.


Dancing since age three, Valerie originally studied ballet, tap and jazz at schools and companies such as the Virginia Ballet, the School of Performing Arts in Orlando Florida, Brigham Young University and the University of Florida. She also acts in musical and play productions along the East Coast.


Valerie currently resides in Maryland, with her son, Luke. Valerie is a Teaching Artist with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, served as the President of the Word Dance Theater Board of Directors (www.worddance.org) and earned a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Dance at the University of Maryland in 2012.

She has taught Duncan Dance/Free Movement for the Academy Ballet School at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, at Strathmore-CityDance in Rockville, as well as several other dance studios in the Annapolis, Baltimore and DC areas. Valerie is building a performing aspect to the Duncan technique in the Maryland and DC areas with performances throughout the year. Her new choreographies in the Duncan Dance technique have been well received and performed around the country, including the National Portrait Gallery, Freer/Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian, National Cathedral, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Paris/Ballys in Las Vegas, Mercy College in New York and many other venues.


Valerie has helped spearhead the formation of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium as an original member of the Organizing Committee. The organization aims to bring together practitioners of the Duncan community to expand the reach and breadth of the Duncan work throughout the world. She currently also serves as the Chair of the Isadora Duncan Archive committee and project.


Since discovering Duncan Dance in 1992, Valerie has focused on building, preserving and learning more about Isadora's gorgeous, timeless and inspired technique of dance and repertory of dances. Valerie firmly believes that Duncan Dance is a vital aspect to the dance of today and that all dancers can benefit from its unique focus on musicality, artistry, personal expression and openness. She is working to innovate the Duncan technique for the 21st Century with contemporary music selection, expanded and developed movements and challenging choreography.

 

Gallery

Performances & Photos

National Dance Day, Dupont Circle, DC
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The Duncan Dancers, National Arboretum
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National Dance Day, Dupont Circle, DC
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The Duncan Dancers, National Arboretum
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National Dance Day, Dupont Circle, DC
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The Duncan Dancers, Meadowside Nature Center
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In | And | Of | Through, MFA Thesis
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In Dionysian, National Cathedral
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Persephone's Circle Trio, Chicago, IL
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Offerings

ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY

Commissioned work and performance of original choreographic pieces

TRADITIONAL DUNCAN REPERTORY

Coaching & Performance

MASTER CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

All levels and ages in the modern dance technique of Isadora Duncan

PRIVATE LESSONS

Delve deeply into your own exploration of the Duncan technique - fosters evolutions into personal understanding, body awareness & artistic expression

RESIDENCIES

Longer term projects involving a comprehensive experience with technique, history, lecture, repertory coaching and performance

LECTURES & SCHOLARSHIP

Presentations, research and writing on the history, philosophy, artistic contributions of Isadora Duncan and contemporary Duncan dance community

 
 

Upcoming Events

  • Tunick'd
    Tunick'd
    Washington
    Sep 12, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Washington, 4618 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA
    World premiere as part of the ICONS Choreographic Institute Thesis Concert - Join us as we explore the relevance of historic dance, the legacy of women and female archetypes through the expression and symbolism of the "tunic" within a contemporary soundscape.
  • Tunick'd
    Tunick'd
    Washington
    Sep 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Washington, 4618 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20011, USA
    World premiere as part of the ICONS Choreographic Institute Thesis Concert - Join us as we explore the relevance of historic dance, the legacy of women and female archetypes through the expression and symbolism of the "tunic" within a contemporary soundscape.
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"You were once wild, don't let them tame you."

Isadora Duncan

 

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan is known as the "mother of modern dance." Her revolutionary approach to dance, education. art and life made her one of the most influential artists of all time. Drawing upon the aesthetics of ancient Greek and Renaissance art and the principles of nature and science, she choreographed danced based on the archetypal themes of humanity, using universal gesture and movements, to the concert music of Western classical composers.

With a belief in the "wholeness" of the dancer, Isadora Duncan encouraged individuality and personal expression for all dance artists. 

 
 
 

Contact

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