Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one with the general harmony and movement of nature. Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child. – Isadora Duncan
Isadora Duncan, the Mother of Modern Dance, sought movements that were expressive of the human spirit. Children and adults who participate in this work explore the shared movement of all natural things. As we embody the movements of the earth, of plants and trees, of animals, the wind and waves, we dance our birthright: harmonious expression. Empathy develops here.
BCF’s theory and practice is seeded in the Duncan tradition. BCF founder and director Dicki Johnson Macy is a Duncan lineage holder who for 30 years has encouraged people trained in this technique to remain responsive to beautiful classical music and joyful movements inspired by nature. In addition to the Duncan Classes and Workshops that Dicki teaches, both Rainbowdance and CBI have been greatly inspired and shaped by Duncan’s theoretical framework. Research and experience have taught us that young children who experience healthy connections to the natural environment and to their peers develop a sense of worth and competency. Such children are more inclined to relate with care and reciprocity than with violence and aggression.