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Salon Concert Series No.3 – Contemporary Piano Music and Dance

Duncan Dance Workshop by Mary Sano and Adrienne Ramm

When: Sunday, November 26, 2017  @12:15~3:45 pm
Where: Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing
Fee: $50

 Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing

Adrienne Ramm feels very fortunate to have trained since childhood in the Isadora Duncan Technique. A protégée of Julia Levien and Hortense Kooluris she was also coached for several years in her youth by Anna Duncan. Adrienne was an original member of the Isadora Duncan Centenary Company in 1977 and a soloist with the Commemorative Company for its duration (1978~1982). In the U.S. she has performed at universities, festivals, museums/ galleries, conferences as well as several documentaries and archive projects. She has also taught many Master Classes and Workshops throughout the U.S. In Europe she has performed in France, Austria, Greece and a 7~month tour of Italy with solo concerts in Reggio Emilia, Rome, Naples, Sardinia, and culminating in Florence at The Piti Palace and Rondo di Bacco for the opening gala celebrating the restoration of Botticelli’s “Primavera.” Adrienne is a sought~after coach of the Duncan repertory for the current generation of dancers. She has danced the Duncan repertory with Dance Visions NY since its inception in 1989, and is Artistic Advisor and Soloist with RammDance. Adrienne Ramm is also a composer/pianist for dance and has always felt that the merging of music and dance expresses her innate creative spirit.

 Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing

Mary Sano, a native of Japan, is a protégée of Mignon Garland who founded the Isadora Duncan Heritage Society (IDHS) in San Francisco. Sano, a third-generation Duncan dancer and instructor, established the Japan branch of the IDHS in 1983 and has been teaching in the US, Japan, and Europe for over 30 years. After graduating with an MA in Dance from Mills College in 1991, Sano formed Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers in 1993, and established the Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing in San Francisco in1997. Sano has been performing as well as presenting a diverse group of artists at annual dance and music festivals at her studio, most notably The Dionysian Festival: a celebration of Isadora Duncan’s birthday (May) and A Terpsichorean Celebration (November). While continuing her work in the Duncan tradition, Sano has also maintained a focus on the creation of new work, often through collaboration with artists of different disciplines (composers, actors, writers and visual artists). Notable past productions include an evening length dance-drama ‘Amaterasu, The Blind Woman, and Hiroshima’ performed in Kyoto, Japan (2004), ‘Dancing Dreaming Isadora’ the 10th anniversary gala at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco (2008), an evening length dance/theater ‘Ship of Dreams: Kanrin Maru-150 Years of Hope, Struggle, and Friendship’ at the Brava Theater in San Francisco (2010), and Solo Dance Series in Japan「イサドラ・ダンカンの夢を踊る」(2012, 2015). She has toured internationally in Hungary, France, the Czech Republic, Greece, and Japan, and has been featured on national television in Korea, Japan, the US and Greece.

Special Fall Duncan Dance Workshop in San Francisco

This 8 class sessions will introduce basic Duncan dance concepts and technique to students who would like to experience Duncan dance for the first time or for those looking to keep up their technique. Each session, Ms. Sano, an expert on Duncan dance and a third generation Duncan dancer will teach the essence of this tradition in a friendly and positive atmosphere at her dance studio. Bring your Duncan tunic if you have one, and if not, we’ll make one!


Workshop Dates: November 12 – November 29 (fall session), 2017

Time: Sundays @12:30-3 pm, Wed. & Fri. @ 6:30-9 pm

Fees: All 8 class sessions: $200, 4 sessions $115, Drop-in:$30

*We have scheduled special workshop with guest teacher Adrienne Ramm on Sunday, November 26 combining with Mary Sano’s workshop from 12:15-3:45 pm. Fee for this workshop is $50 


Studio: Mary Sano Studio of Duncan Dancing

Please contact us for workshop registration by sending email  to info@duncandance.org or calling 415-357-1817.

Thank you!



Photo by Shigeo Seya

Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers at Ocean Beach in San Francisco