Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham (June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, and company director as well as an author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century and has been called the "matriarch and queen mother of black dance."

During her heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, Dunham was renowned throughout Europe and Latin America and was widely popular in the United States, where the Washington Post called her "dancer Katherine the Great." For almost thirty years she maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, the only self-supported American black dance troupe at that time, and over her long career she choreographed more than ninety individual dances. Dunham was an innovator in African-American modern dance as well as a leader in the field of dance anthropology, or ethnochoreology.

Read more about Katherine DunhamEarly Years, Academic Anthropologist, Dancer and Choreographer, Educator and Writer, Social Activist, Private Life, Death, Legacy, Awards and Honors

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... composer William Grant Still, introduced Fort to dancer Katherine Dunham ... Several weeks later, Fort began dancing and touring with the Katherine Dunham Company and learning the Dunham technique, which was rooted in the dance traditions of Africa, Haiti, and Trinidad ... While dancing with the Dunham Company, Fort neglected a serious knee injury which prevented her from performing professionally by the mid-1940s ...
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... Katherine Dunham Technique – Library of Congress A 2-½ hour presentation of the dance technique of anthropologist-choreographer Katherine Dunham ... designed to serve as a study guide for dance teachers, scholars and dancers, as part of the Katherine Dunham Legacy Project of the Library of Congress ... Katherine Dunham Dancing With Life - National Endowment for the Arts This 90-minute documentary program designed for PBS is about the extraordinary life and work ...
Katherine Dunham Company
... The Katherine Dunham Company, a troupe of dancers, singers, actors and musicians, was the first African American modern dance company ... It descended from Ballet Negre, a student troupe founded by Katherine Dunham, which later became the Negro Dance Troupe ... Beginning in the 1940s Dunham took her troupe on a series of highly acclaimed world tours ...
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... – Armando Bartolomé Demichelli Katherine DeMille – Katherine Lester Rebecca De Mornay (a.k.a ... Dongen) – Hein van der Niet Marie Doro – Marie Katherine Steward Diana Dors (akas Diana D'ors, Diana D'Ors) – Diana Mary Fluck Fifi D'Orsay – Marie-Rose ... Zélia Cristina Gonçalves Moreira Elaine Dundy – Elaine Rita Brimberg Sonny Dunham – Elmer Dunham Stephen Dunham – Stephen Dunham Bowers Michael Dunn – Gary Neil ...
Katherine Dunham - Awards and Honors
... Over the years Katherine Dunham has received scores of special awards, including more than a dozen honorary doctorates from various American universities ... Dunham has her own star on the St ...

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