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Preserving Isadora Duncan's Dance Tradition

“Isadora Duncan's Dance in Russia: First Impressions and Discussions.1904-1909”, an article by Elena Yushkova, Fulbright-Kennan 2007-2008 alum and the 2018 Small Grants program grantee, was published in the Journal of Russian American studies of the University of Kansas. The article analyzes the ways in which Isadora Duncan’s dance oeuvre was perceived in Russia by different sections of the literati and the intelligentsia and how influential it was for the development of Russian ballet, theater, literature, and dance criticism.

Elena Yushkova is Candidate of Art, author of books, articles, abstracts and reviews, and is an acknowledged expert in the American dancer’s creative heritage, both in Russia/USSR and the USA. She gave a joint lecture with one of the famous Duncan dancers Lori Belilove at the Kennan Institute in 2008 and organized a dance tour for Meg Brooker in Vologda in 2013. Elena has been giving numerous public lectures on the current state of Duncan dance: in the US, at the Moscow House of the Russians Abroad in 2013, at the Samara State University in 2016, and at the Peoples' Friendship University’s festival dedicated to Duncan’s 140th anniversary in 2017. Elena also participated in two of the three international symposiums dedicated to Duncan, held in the United States in 2013 and 2017.

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