A twentieth-century American dancer who won fame mainly in Europe. Her choreography, improvisational and unfettered, rebelled against traditional ballet and was highly influential in the formation of modern dance.
Duncan died tragically when her long scarf became entangled in the wheel of her moving automobile.
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