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Katherine Dunham (1909–2006)

Dancer, choreographer, composer and songwriter, educated at the University of Chicago. She made world tours as a dancer, choreographer, and director of her own dance company. She directed the Katherine Dunham School of Dance in New York, and was artist-in-residence at Southern Illinois University. She also appeared in the Broadway musicals "Bal ... See full bio »

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Carnival of Rhythm
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 1966 The Bible: In the Beginning... (choreographer)
 1959 Green Mansions (dances stager: Marake sequence)
 1956 Spring in the Heart (choreographer - as Katterine Dunham)
 1954 Mambo (choreographer)
 1954 Die große Starparade (choreographer)
 1948 Casbah (choreography: Dunham Group)
 1942 Pardon My Sarong (dances originated by) / (dances staged by)
 1941 Carnival of Rhythm (Short) (choreographer) / (origination of production)
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She performed in the ballet, "Katherine Dunham," in a Katherine Dunham Dance Company production at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England with Lenwood Morris, Lucille Ellis, Vanoye Aikens, and Wilbert Bradley in the cast. See more »

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2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Katterine Dunham | Sängern und Musikern Katherine Dunham mit ihren Tänzern

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Founded America's first major black modern dance company, Ballet Negre, in Chicago, when she was 21. Alvin Ailey was among its first members. See more »

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