Isadora Duncan Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Feb 29, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on Jun 02, 2022
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Famous choreographer, Isadora Duncan passed away on September 14, 1927, in Nice, France. She is remembered for her amazing dancing and performances.
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About Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan was a modern dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher.
The San Francisco-born American dancer lived and danced in America, Western Europe, and Russia, spreading her philosophies about dance and performing, far and wide. Isadora Duncan inspired many other choreographers, many beautiful art pieces, and photographs.
Her adopted daughters continued to pass on her teachings of modern dance. Her work and dance technique are still celebrated in the arts today.

Isadora Duncan's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Isadora Duncan’s net worth?

As Isadora Duncan lived quite long ago, it is difficult to determine her net worth.

How much did Isadora Duncan earn per year?

Unfortunately, there isn't much information available on how much Isadora Duncan earned per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Isadora Duncan?

Isadora Duncan was 5 ft 6 in (168 cm) tall.

How old was Isadora Duncan?

Isadora Duncan died on September 14, 1927, in Nice, France, after her long silk scarf became entangled in the wheel of the car she was traveling in. The scarf pulled her from the car, and she died instantly. Isadora Duncan was 50 at the time of her untimely death.

Childhood And Education

Isadora Duncan was born on May 26, 1877, in San Francisco, California. She was the youngest child of Joseph Charles Duncan, a mining engineer and banker, and Mary Isadora Gray. Isadora Duncan had two brothers, Augustin Duncan and Raymond Duncan, and a sister, Elizabeth Duncan, who also became a dancer.
Her parents divorced when she was quite young after her father was found to be involved in banking scandals. Her mother then moved her and her siblings to Oakland, California where she grew up in relative poverty. Her mother worked as a piano teacher and seamstress to make ends meet, while Isadora and her siblings taught dance to local children in exchange for money.
Isadora Duncan attended school only from the ages of six to 10, after which she dropped out. Her talent was eventually recognized, and Isadora Duncan joined Augustin Daly's theater company at the age of 19, in 1896.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who were Isadora's children?

Isadora had three children: Deirdre Beatrice, Patrick Augustus, and a third, unnamed child, all from different fathers. The first two children died with their nanny after their car plunged into the Seine, and the third child died shortly after birth. Their deaths deeply affected Isadora and she plunged into deep grief, which affected her work and performances in her later years.
Isadora Duncan also adopted six daughters: Anna Duncan, Irma Duncan, Liesel Duncan, Maria-Theresa Duncan, Gretel Duncan, and Erika Duncan, all of whom were her students at her first dance school in Berlin. The girls all took on her last name and devoted their lives to passing on her dancing philosophies and technique.

Who was Isadora Duncan’s partner?

Isadora Duncan met Sergei Yesenin, a Russian poet in 1921. This was during her attempts to open a dance school in Moscow after the Russian Revolution had come to an end. They married shortly after, on May 2, 1922. The two departed on a tour of Europe and America after the marriage, but are said to have grown apart during the trip, with Yesenin making his way back to Moscow in 1923, alone. On December 28, 1925, two years later, he was found dead in a hotel in St. Petersburg.
Isadora also shared a brief relationship with Mercedes de Acosta, who was also a poet and playwright. The nature of the two's relationship was made clear in the letters that they wrote to each other.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Isadora Duncan was a popular choreographer for her imagination of various styles of dance, which she aimed to teach other aspiring dancers. She found traditional styles of dance quite restrictive and had a desire to follow her imagination when it came to performing. Fueled by her desire to travel and dance, she moved to Chicago at the age of 19, where she joined Augustin Daly's theater company. She traveled to New York with the company, where she took a few ballet classes from Marie Bonfanti, the famous ballet dancer, but she did not enjoy the rules and rigidity that the traditional form of dance demanded.
Feeling uninspired by the state of dance in America, she decided to sail to England in 1898. Here, she gave private performances for the rich and famous of London. Her work was inspired by Greek artifacts and other pieces from the British Museum. She saved her earnings from these performances and rented a studio, which enabled her to work on more spectacular dance pieces for the stage. She performed frequently in Paris as well, citing the world-class museum the Louvre as her muse.
She embarked on a tour of Europe alongside dancer, Loie Fuller, in 1902, and her distinctive, free-flowing form of dance brought her fame. Many artists and photographers created pieces of art with her as their muse.
This famous choreographer also opened many dance schools to share her dancing philosophies and teaching with other aspiring dancers. She opened her first school in 1904, in Berlin, Germany. Isadora adopted six students that went to this institution: Anna Duncan, Irma Duncan, Margot Duncan, Maria-Theresa Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan, and Erica Duncan, who came to be known as the 'Isadorables'. They were her protegees and helped to spread her philosophies and style of dance to the next generations. She opened her second school outside of Paris, right before the commencement of World War One.
She moved back to the United States in 1914, taking her school with her. She also moved to Russia to open a school in Moscow in 1921, after the fall of the Soviet Union but moved back to America in 1925 after entrusting the institution to Irma Duncan.
Her great love for dance as a choreographer led to her being remembered as 'The Mother of Dance'.
Main image credit: Everett Collection /Shutterstock

Isadora Duncan Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Isadora Duncan

Date of Birth

1877-05-26

Date of Death

1927-09-14

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

San Francisco

Height

168 cm

Eye Color

Blue

Occupation

Dancer, Choreographer

Parents

Joseph Charles Duncan, Mary Isadora Gray

Siblings

Augustin Duncan, Raymond Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan
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Written by Anusuya Mukherjee

Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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Anusuya MukherjeeBachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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