Katherine Dunham





Katherine Dunham


Born
in Glen Ellyn, IL, The United States
June 22, 1909

Died
May 21, 2006


was an American dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator and activist who was trained as an anthropologist. 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".[1]

During her heyday in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, she was renowned throughout Europe and Latin America as La Grande Katherine, and the Washington Post called her "Dance's Katherine the Great". For more than 30 years she maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, the only permanent, self-subsidized American black dance troupe at that time, and over her long career she choreographed more than 90 individual dances. Dunham was an innovator in African-Ameri
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Island Possessed

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A Touch of Innocence: A Mem...

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Dances Of Haiti

4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 1974
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Katherine Dunham's Journey ...

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Equality For A Lightning Bu...

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Equality for a Lightning Bu...

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A Touch Of Innocence

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Kasamance: A Fantasy

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The Best Short Stories by B...

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Black Dance: From 1619 to T...

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