Mostly Credited As: Katherine Dunham
Date Of Birth: June 24, 1909 (Age 96)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date Of Death: May 21, 2006
Cause Of Death: Natural Causes (New York, New York)
Katherine Mary Dunham was a dancer, choreographer, songwriter who was trained as an anthropologist. Known for her many innovations, the Dunham Technique is now taught as a modern dance style in dance schools, including at the Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y. Dunham was considered an innovator in modern dance, and a leader in the field of Dance Anthropology, or Ethnochoreology. 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 Negre" and "Carib Song". Joining ASCAP in 1964, her popular-song compositions include "Coco da Mata" and "New Love, New Wine".