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Katherine Dunham

Stage Name

Birth Name

Katherine Dunham Katherine Dunham

   Katherine was a graduate of the University of Chicago. , and was artist-in-residence at Southern Illinois University. Later owned her own dance studio in 1931 ( The Katherine Dunham School of Dance) in New York and had a group called the Katherine Dunham dancers who were one of the first all black female dance groups. Choreographed such Films as "Cabin in The Sky" in 1940 and "Stormy Weather" in 1943.

   Dunham studied much of the African, Haitian and Caribbean dance techniques and introduced many of them into her choreogrphies. Dunham's travels took her to Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba, Martinique, Haiti, Africa an others. Dunham was also an Anthropologist and used the pen name of K. Dunn for magazines such as Esquire.
Katherine Dunham Autograph

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Chicago, IL 6/22/1912 John Thomas Pratt (1941) n/a
     

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Ethnic Ohardieno (Florida EC Shimmy 1943) Coco da Mata
Jitterbug       New Love, New Wine
Mambo       $1942 - Star Spangled Rhythm Sndtrk
Modern       Batucada ( Samba Sung In Portuguese By Dunham)
Jazz, Ballet       Callate [S-ah Be Quiet] ( Guaracha sung By Dunham)
Samba       Choucounne ( Haitian Merengue sung by Dunham)
Guaracha       Nago (Haitian Voudun Cult sung by Dunham)
Afro-Carribean            
Florida East-Coast shimmy            

Katherine Dunham Dancers

Theaters

Stage

Alexander McDonald (1941) Adelphi Theater (1945) 1941 - Cabin In The Sky (Ballanchine)
Archie Savage (1941) Belasco Theater (1945) 1943/4 - Tropical Revue (Choreo)
Candido Vicenti (1941) Broadway Theater (1950) 1945 - Blue Holiday
Carmencita Romero (1941) Martin Beck Theater (1940) 1945 - Carib Song (Choreo)
Claude Brown (1941) New Century Theater (1944) 1945 - Concert Varieties (Billy Rose's)
Edith Ross (1941) Ziegfeld Theater (1945) 1946 - Bal Negre (Choreo)
Eartha Kitt       1948 - KD's Tropical Revue
Evelyn Pilcher (1941)       1950 - Katherine Dunham and Her CO.
J. Emanuel Vanderhans (1941)       1955 - Katherine Dunham and Her CO.
Jiene Moxzer Harris (1941)       1943 - Shore Excursion (NYC)
Lavinia Williams (1941)            
Lawaune Kennard (1941)            
Lucille Ellis (1941)            
Marpessa Dawn            
Rajah (Roger) Ohardieno (1941)            
Rita Christiana (1941)            
Roberta McLaurin (1941)            
Talley Beatty (1941)            
Thomas Woosley (1941)            

Films

Publications

1941 - Carnival of Rhythm 1941 - Negro Caravan ( Brown, Davis, Lee)
1942 - Cuban Episode 1/1/1943 - Life Magazine (Florida EC Shimmy)
1942 - Flamingo 1946 - Journey to Accompong by Ted Cook
1942 - Pardon My Sarong [DVD] (Choreo) 1946 - Katherine Dunham, Her Dancers, Singers
1942 - Spirit Of Boogie Woogie 12/1952 - Night & Day Magazine
1942 - Star Spangled Rhythm [DVD] 6/1957 - Whisper Magazine (Dunham's Night in Gravyd)
1943 - Stormy Weather [DVD] (Choreo) Bbook: 1969 - Dance: The Story of Katherine Dunham
1944 - Carnival of Rhythm Book: 1969 - Touch of Innocence (Dunham)
1948 - Casbah (Choreo) Book: 1972 - Katherine Dunham's Journey to Accompong
1949 - I'm in the Revue Book: 1975 - Kasamance: A Fantasy (Dunham)
1953 - Mambo [DVD] (Choreo) Book: 1979 - Katherine Dunham: A Biography (Beckford)
1954 - Die Große Starparade Book: 1983 - Dances of Haite (Dunham)
1958 - Música en la noche 1990 - Black Dance (Edward Thorpe)
1959 - Green Mansions (Choreo) Book: 1993 - Katherine Dunham: Black American Series
1966 - Bibia La (Choreo) Book: 1994 - Island Possessed (Dunham)
2001 - Free To Dance Book: 2000 - Katherine Dunham: Pioneer of Black Dance
  Book: 2002 - Katherine Dunham: Dancing A Joy (Dunham)
  5/11/2006 - Life Magazine

  • NOTE:
    Studio was located at 43rd Street and Broadway. Kay Dunham is the nephew of the legendary Katherine Dunham.

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