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Katherine Dunham

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".

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The Kennedy Center Honors (1978) 
  11th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 11x01: (Dec/30/1988) As Herself 
  6th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 06x01: (Dec/27/1983) As Herself (Honoree) 

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) 
  Vic Damone, Katherine Dunham 03x36: (May/21/1950) As Herself 
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