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The Isadora Duncan International Institute, Inc. (IDII), co-founded in 1977 by Maria-Theresa Duncan and Kay Bardsley, is a global organization committed to the enhancement of education through movement and the arts, drawing from the ideals and principles of Isadora Duncan. The IDII is comprised of three divisions reflecting its triple goals: (1) Educational, consisting of the 'Isadora for Children' and 'The Isadora for Adults' Programs based in New York City at The Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y; an M.A. Specialization in Isadora Duncan Studies at New York University's Program in Dance and Dance Education; Winter/Summer Study Abroad Programs entitled, Sacred Topographies: The Body and the Land; Intensive Programs in the Catskill Region entitled, Movement in the Mountains; and programs entitled, The Certificate Programs in Isadora Duncan Studies I and II with founding director of Educational Pro-grams, Jeanne Bresciani; (2) Theatrical, consisting of The Isadora Duncan International Institute Dancers and The Isadora for Children Performing Group, with Artistic Director of Theatrical Programs, Jeanne Bresciani; and (3) Historical, consisting of a Duncan Archive of original source materials, works of art, letters, photographs, books and programs with Historian and Archivist, Kay Bardsley.
Jeanne Bresciani, M.A., I.M.A, Ph.D. is Artistic Director and Director of Education for the Isadora Duncan International Institute, an arts and education organization founded in 1977 by Maria-Theresa Duncan and Kay Bardsley. She is a solo performer, teacher, lecturer, reconstructionist, choreographer and creator of festivals, specializing in the dance of Isadora Duncan and myth and movement studies. In New York City, she directs Isadora Programs on behalf of the New York University School of Education and The Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y and two professional dance companies: The Isadora Duncan International Institute Dancers and the 'Isadora for Children™' Performing Group. A former Kress scholar in the History of Art from Williams College and Fulbright scholar in dance, she founded and leads three teaching and performance training programs at Tempio di danza in the mountain region above New York City, entitled The Certificate Program in Isadora Duncan Studies: I; The Advanced Diploma in Performance and Choreography II; and The Certificate Program in Myth, Movement and Metaphor, as well as intensives in choreographic research, entitled Movement in the Mountains and a study abroad program Sacred Topographies: The Body and The Land. Most recently she has lectured, taught and performed at The Duncan Center in Athens, The National Theater in Budapest, The New Parthenon in Tokyo and the British Museum in London.Advisory Board
Laura Kavanau, Best-selling author, Filmmaker, Photographer, Screenwriter
Alicia Mugetti, International Theatre and Costume Designer
Tiffany Bui-Rothman, School Psychologist, M.S., M.B.A., NYC Board of Education