Experience the fluidity,strength and beauty of Duncan technique.
Dancers will explore the origins of modern dance through the technique of Isadora Duncan, which focuses on freedom, flow, and spontaneity, fosters creativity and connection with others and the self, and emphasizes musicality. Appropriate for students with basic previous dance training.
About the Artist:
Jennifer Sprowl is Artistic Director of Duncan Dance Chicago and a founding member of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium, a biannual gathering of dancers, scholars, and arts organizers celebrating the life, work, and legacy of Isadora Duncan. One of the original dancers of the Isadora Duncan Dance Company (previously Lori Belilove & Company), Sprowl trained directly with Duncan dance luminaries Belilove, Hortense Kooluris, and Julia Levien. Sprowl’s collaborations include Dancestry, featuring masterworks by modern dance pioneers Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, and Erick Hawkins, in collaboration with Lindberg/Slayter Reconstructions and Katherine Duke/Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and the Duncan Dance Project, a touring company with Meg Brooker, Valerie Durham, and Julia Pond. In 2019, Duncan Dance Chicago presented at the fourth IDIS in London.
Jennifer has taught Duncan technique and repertoire at Joffrey Academy of Dance for the last ten years and conducted masterclasses across the Chicago area, including at Hyde Park School of Dance and the Midwest Committee Cecchetti Council of America. She served as the 2015-16 and 2017 Loyola University Dance Concert choreographer, the 2020 choreographer for the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and has staged innovative interpretations of Isadora’s repertoire for Momenta, The Chicago Academy for the Arts, and the University of Chicago. Sprowl’s company has performed across the city and hosted a series of workshop intensives.
She has extensive training in ballet and modern dance and has performed with the Dayton Ballet Company, the Pennsylvania Dance Theater, and others. A specialist in dancer conditioning, injury prevention, and pre/post rehabilitation, Sprowl is a graduate of the Ohashi Institute of Shiatsu, is certified in Active-Isolated Stretch/Strength, and is trained in LifeStretch with Stretch to Win Institute, Chandler Az.
Jennifer is on faculty with the Chicago Movement Collective, teaching her somatic classes Liquid Strength and Duncan Technique / Classical Modern.