From Isadora Duncan to Martha Graham and beyond next week in Tahoe | SierraSun.com

From Isadora Duncan to Martha Graham and beyond next week in Tahoe

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Sierra Bertini will be among LTDC ensemble dancers performing at next week's event.
Courtesy Penelope Siig |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Next week, the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective will celebrate classic American Modern Dance with a special presentation about the history of this exciting, expressive and inspiring dance form.

The Wednesday, May 27, event is free and starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Youth Ballet Studio, in the Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City.

The evening will begin with a slide presentation and discussion by Penelope Siig, who currently teaches modern dance at the Tahoe Youth Ballet School.

Siig possesses an extensive background in modern dance, ballet and dance history. She studied ballet as a scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet School and modern dance at the University of Nevada, Reno; San Francisco Workshop for the Performing Arts, and Maggie Banks Dance Theatre.

She received her advanced training in New York at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and with Erick Hawkins and Merce Cunningham, among others.

Her presentation will focus on the motivating forces behind the development of modern dance, as well as the principal dance philosophies of the major modern dance pioneers and choreographers of the 20th century.

LTDC ensemble dancers Sierra Bertini, Kyla Pierce, Bailey Shaw and Isabella Terrazas will then demonstrate essential elements of modern dance, including exercise sequences and combinations derived from the techniques of dance legend Martha Graham — as well as celebrated choreographers Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins and Paul Taylor, all considered prime movers and shakers in the world of Modern Dance.

While the event is free, space is limited; RSVP to info@laketahoedancecollective.org, or call 530-613-4363. Visit laketahoedancecollective.org to learn more.