Isadora Duncan was born in San Francisco in 1877. She took to dance as a youngster.
Finding ballet too rigid, she developed her own style, dancing barefoot in simple tunics with long, colorful scarves. As a teenager, she performed in Chicago and New York, but truly began captivating audiences after taking to the stage in Europe at the turn of the century. She became heralded as the Mother of Modern Dance.
Her personal life raised eyebrows as well, as a bisexual, socialist and advocate of women's rights.
She exchanged affectionate letters with poet Mercedes de Acosta during a lengthy affair. Duncan once wrote, "Mercedes, lead me with your little strong hands and I will follow you– to the top of a mountain. To the end of the world. Wherever you wish.
This Rainbow Minute was read by John DeBoer.
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