The Late Dr. Katherine Dunham – International Dance Icon Has Her “Legacy-Inspired” Day in Atlanta…

The Late Dr. Katherine Dunham – International Dance Icon Has Her “Legacy-Inspired” Day in Atlanta…

October 29, 2014 By Calvin Anderson

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Dr. Katherine Dunham is often regarded as the “Mother of Dance” for black people or African Americans. Dr. Katherine Dunham was world famous for her mastery of European Ballet and Modern Dance. Ms. Dunham went on from there to “legitimize” Caribbean ,  African and ethnic South American dance. She was also instrumental in integrating technique from Big Band Era movement, Asian studies in Martial Arts and pop–culture interpretations in every kind of lady’s shoe available.

What typifies Dr. Dunham’s dedication to her art form was the fact that she could demonstrate ethnic dance and defend it (at the time) at any university. Dr. Katherine Dunham was an accomplished sociocultural anthropologist with a doctorate from the University of Chicago.  More . . .

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