DanceNaiad is the home to two resident dance companies, The Isadora Duncan Youth Ensemble and Naiad Contemporary Ballet. Both companies allow student dancers to travel to festivals and charitable fundraising venues for the opportunity to better their performance skills, bond as a community, and contribute as young artists to the causes they believe in. Students who are training at DanceNaiad may be invited to join either group if they qualify through their previous classes or if they audition for the Director. THE ISADORA DUNCAN YOUTH ENSEMBLE, Carrie Tron Director, was formed in 1994 with the intent to preserve the integrity of Duncan’s masterworks through the training of young artists in her philosophy and infamous style. Dancers learn the Duncan technical foundation from the first day of study, emphasizing natural line, musicality, and a dedicated pursuit of moving from the Duncan “center”, or the solar plexus. Choreography that has been directly passed from Isadora to the Isadorables, ( her adopted students) and through two more generations of disciples is studied over several years, allowing graduates of the program to hold a true knowledge of Duncan’s studies, group pieces, solos, Duncan Dance in dance history as well as major performing experiences.
THE ISADORA DUNCAN YOUTH ENSEMBLE has performed throughout the world, dancing at prestigious venues in the tri-state area as well as tours throughout the Czech Republic, Hungary, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Hawaiian International Dance Competition. It’s primary goal being one of historic preservation, the ensemble also performs new choreographies by Ms. Tron that utilize the style and technique of Isadora Duncan to continue to bring the next generation of Duncan dancers forward into the future of modern dance. Graduates of the Ensemble have used their profound knowledge of the development of early modern dance history to win acceptance into several of the most prestigious Universities and Colleges with dance departments in the world, such as Columbia University, Princeton University, Brown University, Tufts University, Georgetown University, Duke University, Bennington College, Skidmore College, Tisch School of the Arts, Tulane University, Bates College, Williams College, Trinity College, Colgate University, Connecticut College, St. Andrews University in Scotland and The University of Oxford in England, amongst others. BRIEFLY ABOUT ISADORA DUNCAN (1878-1927): Isadora Duncan was the first dancer in the western world to create a new form of theatrical dance outside of classical Ballet. Her technique combined simple, natural movement with a Greek aesthetic that revolutionized the art of the dance. Isadora believed that all movement should originate from the solar plexus, as it was closest to where the body housed the soul, and should spread in a continuous undulating wave throughout the rest of the limbs. Slow to be accepted by her fellow Americans, Isadora’s work became famous chiefly throughout Europe where she was recognized as a genius by the most celebrated artists of her time. Her legacy continues to be passed on through a handful of devoted dancers.
ABOUT NAIAD CONTEMPORARY BALLET: Carrie Tron, Director. NCB invites students with a strong technical background in Ballet and Pointe work to become members of this company. The group was founded in 2005 to enhance the training for serious Ballet students and to provide performing and competition opportunities throughout the school year. NCB dancers annually attend Will Dance for Food, Dance Fest, and Youth American Grand Prix. DanceNaiad Youth American Grand Prix participants have been awarded scholarships for prestigious summer programs to ABT, The Rock School, The Joffrey School and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.