Lori Belilove

Lori Belilove's direct lineage and prestigious performing career have earned her an international reputation as the premier interpreter and ambassador of the dance of Isadora Duncan. As a third generation Duncan dancer, Belilove is considered the living embodiment of Duncan’s grace, power, and mastery of weight.

Through her performances and teaching, audiences worldwide have experienced the purity, timelessness, and authentic phrasing, that has been passed down to Lori through the direct line of Isadora Duncan dancers. She was coached for performance and technique by 1st generation Duncan Dancers Anna Duncan and Irma Duncan, two of the six adopted artistic daughters of Isadora, also known as the Isadorables, and then with 2nd generation Duncan Dancers Julia Levien, Hortense Kooluris, and Mignon Garland. Lori received a B.F.A. in dance, religion, and classical studies from Mills College. She trained extensively in the modern technique of Doris Humphrey as a private student of Eleanor King and Ernestine Stodelle, both original members of the Humphrey-Weidman Dance Company.

She is the leading dancer in the award-winning PBS documentary Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul narrated by stage and screen actress Julie Harris. As a master teacher she has held residencies at such distinguished institutions as Harvard University, The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Smith College, University of Alabama, Ohio State University, Wesleyan University, Princeton University, among others.

As founder and Artistic Director of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation & Company, Lori maintains a studio and school in New York City. Lori has toured solo and with her company across America performing in Colleges and Universities and festivals. Internationally, she has toured Budapest, Germany, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, West Africa, Italy, and Russia. In Brazil she has established an on-going affiliate Duncan school and performing Ensemble. As her journey is dance continues, just last year Lori was appointed Artistic Director of the newly established Duncan Dance Academy in Shenzhen, China, with affiliate branches in 15 countries.


Publications

Belilove’s Isadora. Summer Intensive Workshop, 2003.

Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul. Performed by Lori Belilove and Madeleine Lytton. Direct Cinema Limited, Santa Monica.

Spirit Unbroken: Celebrating the dance legacy of Isadora Duncan as interpreted by Lori Belilove. Lori Belilove & Company

Affiliations

Isadora Duncan Dance Company — Artistic Director

Isadora Duncan Commemorative (Centenary) Dance Company — Company Member

Links

The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation

Videos

Collection Title Date
Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dancers YouTube channel Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company 2013-2014 Season Highlights 2014
Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dancers YouTube channel Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company Performance Highlights 2013 2013
Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dancers YouTube channel Lori coaching The Revolutionary 2010
Catherine Gallant and Dances by Isadora YouTube channel Con grazia staged by Julia Levien 1988
The Collection of Adrienne Ramm Isadora Duncan's 110th Birthday Celebration 1987
Beth Jucovy and Dance Visions NY YouTube Collection Julia Levien's staging of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique
Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dancers YouTube channel Lori performs Revolutionary Etude
Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dancers YouTube channel The Isadora Duncan Dancers perform Ode to Apollo
Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dancers YouTube channel Excerpts from Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dancers
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Lori performs Petal Waltz
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Adrienne and Lori perform Classical Duet
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Allegro con grazia
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Blessed Spirits
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Ecossaise
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Brahms 7
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Diamond
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Brahms 1
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Hortense and the Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Cherubim
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Linden Tree
Sylvia Gold's YouTube channel Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company performs Ave Maria
The Collection of Adrienne Ramm Russian Worker Songs
Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dancers YouTube channel Excerpts from Movement from the Soul

Related items in the Archives

The Isadora Duncan Archive Collection > Programs > Isadora Duncan in the 21st Century — Jan 20, 2017

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — May 26, 1977

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Oct 23, 1977

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Duncan Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Jan 05, 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Jun 24, 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Commemorative Dance Company — Jan 24, 1979