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Ms. Pamela De Fina
My interest in the Isadora Duncan style of dance, originated in Florence, Italy, while I was studying Art History at Villa Schifanoia, Grad. School of Fine Arts/Rosary College: particularly the sculpting and paintings of Michelangelo, and Botticelli., which Later, I found out that Isadora had also been deeply inspired by the same works of art, and created dances to these paintings. After leaving Florence, Italy for NYC, I returned to the Harkness House of Ballet , NYC. to continue the dance, which I had begun at 5 years old, until 16 years old, at Imperial Studios, and performed with many famous dancers at the Poinciana Playhouse in Palm Beach. There, I asked the Directors if we could celebrate Maria Theresa’s 84th Birthday Celebration there, and they consented. I was searching or the dance of Isadora Duncan, intuitively , as a form of artistic expression.. Destiny was beckoning, when I found Maria Theresa Duncan, who I was blessed to be chosen by her as protogee, and to know her on a deep level, as a master teacher, and close friend. I learned her original technique of creating dances too. as the Funeral March and Presto, The Franz Liszts, Les Funerailles, The Bethoveen, 7th Sympony, Alegretto, and others. It was a rich experience, which integrated, the visual arts, classical music, philosophy, psychology and Greek mythology ,a complete artistic, expression. Both Isadora, and Maria Theresa were surrouned by devoted artists of all mediums, musicians, painters, sculptors, philosophers, poets, actors etc., so I was attracted to this style of dance because it integrated all the arts, as I had been married to a prominent artist, and was in close contact with artists, for many years. This is one of the reasons that Theresa chose me for the dance, and later after working so closely with her I was able to understand her technique, as she stated. Also, I had been an Elem Ed. Teacher, and studied child psychology. Isadora Duncans whole purpose was to teach children her great art in order to create a healthier, happier race.
Pamela De Fina began her dance career as a special protogee of Maria Theresa Duncan, and The Maria Theresa Heritage Group ,performing at the United Nations in NYC. In 1979. From 1979- 2016, she has performed, taught and lectured throughout the US and Europe., at many museums, cultural foundations, Universities as, The Sorbonne University,Paris, Fr,The International Conference de Danse. Santa Barbara City College Abroad program in Paris, Taught Duncan Dance and lectured on the Parallels between Visual Arts and Dance.” Isadora Duncan and the Belle Epoche.” The Lannan Museum, Lake Worth,taught ID Dance classes, and performed at the Lannan Gala Palm Beach, Fl. The Norton Museum., WPB, Fl. Taught a workshop in ID Dance, revealing the parallels between The Mathews Art Noveau Paintings, and the dance of ID. The Society of the Four Arts Library. Lectured “Isadora Duncan and La Belle Epoche”. Taught Ateliers de Danse at the Centre De Danse du Marais, Paris, and at the Gardens of the Chateau of Versailles Riverside Dance Modern Retrospective, NYC.ith the Isadora Duncan Commemerative Co.with a NYTimes review. Published in Paris Womens Journal.
Published Maria Theresa Divine Being Guided by a Higher Order, sold at www. Amazon.com,
Barnes and Noble Book signing. Numerous newspaper articles. Produced two videos:
“ The Classical Dance by Maria Theresa Duncan, told by Pamela de Fina, and “a Concert at the House of the Redeemer”, NYC. “ Spiral of Life” video, and the Bethoveen 7th Symphony, the Allegretto, held at Lincoln Center, dance archives. Published in Who’s Who in Dance History.etc
“ A Friend and Protogee Remembers, Maria Theresa.” Published a book “Maria Theresa Divine Being Guided by a Higher Order”.sold at Amazon.com ., held at several libraries, Chateau of Versailles, Produced 3 videos. “ The Classical Dance by Maria Theresa Duncan told by Pamela De Fina”. Isadora and Maria Theresa Duncan Dance choreography, “ Spiral of Life,” and The Beethoven 7th Symphony,” Alegretto, “held at Lincoln Center Library, NYC. Produced a video” Recital at the House of the Redeemer, NYC, the Library of the Dukes of Urbino. George Washington Univ, lecture, Isadora Duncan and La belle Epoche’, Participated in CID- UNESCO, San Marino congress, lecture.The Mandel Library, WPB, Fl. The Palm Beach Junior College, lecture.and others.“
Photos from the archive of Ms. Pamela De Fina
Ms. Pamela de Fina
Photo by Ms. Pamela's sister Ms. Angela,
Ms. Pamela participating in a workshop and presented a lecture, one summer,
at: Johnson University, in Vermont. England.
Ms. Pamela de Fina
Ms. Maria-Theresa and Ms. Pamela de Fina, NYC, around 1984.
From private collection of Ms. Pamela de Fina