Patricia Ward, Artistic Director

Patricia Ward, Artistic DirectorPatricia W. Ward, MA, IDMA, RDE Developed the vision for Muses of Modern Dance in 2010 and acts as the project’s Artistic Director, as well as the Founder and Director of MOVING VOICES THE ISADORA DUNCAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE, INC. Ms. Ward founded MOVING VOICES in 1994 to promote and preserve the Art and Dance of Isadora Duncan and The Movement Arts, via education, collaboration and performance, and altruism Muses of Modern Dance and MOVING VOICES THE ISADORA DUNCAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE, INC. strengthen relationships among diverse local, regional and global cultures. Patricia holds a Master of Arts Degree in Dance/Related Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bachelor of Arts from from Virginia Commonwealth University and Randolph College, completed Post-graduate Isadora Duncan International Institute (IDII) Certification in Isadora Duncan Studies Isadora and is an Isadora Duncan Movement Analyst. Patricia is a recipient of the Anita Zahn Education of The Child Award granted by the IDII. She is also Artist-In-Education Resident through The Virginia Commission For the Arts, former Artist Faculty member and former Artist Advisor for Young Audiences of Virginia, Program Coordinator For The Arts and Outreach Coordinator through The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. As Adjunct Faculty member through the Virginia Community College System Patricia has taught a variety of dance forms, as well as dance history, humanities and Pilates/Yoga. She serves as Board member of The Community Arts Center Foundation in South Boston, VA and is 21st Century Learning Partner with the Halifax County, VA Public Schools.

Ms. Ward presents and performs nationally and internationally with the IDII. She served on the steering Committee for the Reinstatement of The Delphic Games, performed at The Delphi Archeological Stadium, The Athens Greece American Community School and The Temple of Artemis in Vavrona Greece. She is soloist and ensemble performer with Moving Voices Children’s Cultural Exchange and Adult Repertoire Ensemble and performs , instructs and conducts workshops within a variety of venues including public and private educational institutions, arts studios, museums, hospitals, and arts therapy conferences.

Muses Dancing

Wendy Liberatore writes that Muses of Modern Dance is a "loving tribute to three of modern dance’s essential pioneers: Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis. What this living trio — Jodi Sperling, Jeanne Bresciani and Livia Vanaver — did at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center was more than restage the works of these matriarchs of this American art form. They imbued these groundbreaking, and often revolutionary, dances with a spirit of the very creators themselves. And in so doing, these three living dancers furthered Fuller, Duncan and St. Denis’ status as goddesses who are worthy of infinite worship."