Books: Done Into Dance

done into danceDone Into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America (paperback)

The larger-than-life story of America’s pioneering modern dancer — the original “self-made woman”! $17.95.

“Richly informative and beautifully written”
Rena Sanderson

Isadora Duncan earned international fame and influenced generations of American girls and women, yet the romantic myth that surrounds her has left some questions unanswered: What did her audiences see on stage, and how did they respond? What dreams and fears of theirs did she play out? Why, in short, was Duncan’s dancing so compelling?

Done into Dance reveals Duncan enmeshed in social and cultural currents of her time — the moralism of the Progressive Era, the artistic radicalism of prewar Greenwich Village, the xenophobia of the 1920s, her association with feminism and her racial notion of “Americanness.”

A remarkable milestone in dance scholarship . . . The author’s synthesis of exhaustive research and the extraordinary scope of the scholarship — rendered in crisp, lively prose accessible to a broad readership — make this work unique among books about Duncan.”– C.W. Sherman

Named 1996 “Outstanding Publication” by the Congress on Research in Dance.