Done into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America

Done into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America | AnnDalyWriter.comThe larger-than-life story of America’s pioneering modern dancer — the original “self-made woman.” Named 1996 Outstanding Publication by the Congress on Research in Dance.

Isadora Duncan earned international fame and influenced generations of American girls and women, yet the romantic myth that surrounds her has left some questions unanswered: What did her audiences see on stage, and how did they respond? What dreams and fears of theirs did she play out? Why, in short, was Duncan’s dancing so compelling?

Done into Dance reveals Duncan enmeshed in social and cultural currents of her time — the moralism of the Progressive Era, the artistic radicalism of prewar Greenwich Village, the xenophobia of the 1920s, her association with feminism and her racial notion of “Americanness.”

Published (hardback & paperback) 1995 by Indiana University Press.
Reprinted (paperback) 2002 by Wesleyan University Press.

Would that all dance writing were as crisp, cogent, and incisive as Daly’s. — Women’s Studies Journal

A remarkable milestone in dance scholarship . . . The author’s synthesis of exhaustive research and the extraordinary scope of the scholarship — rendered in crisp, lively prose accessible to a broad readership — make this work unique among books about Duncan. — Choice

For readers who savor good writing and new approaches to the familiar figures of dance history, Ann Daly’s work is an extraordinary read. — Dance Research Journal