Biography over Katherine Dunham
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After many years of great accomplishments, Dunham dies. At the age of 96. Her death was a natural cause.
IN 1952, Dunham and Pratt adopted a child. Her name was Marie-Christine. Also in 1952, the Dunham School in New York is renamed to the Katherine Dunham School of Cultural Arts.
In 1948, Dunham choreographs Angelique, Blues Trio, and Veracuzana. These were for engagements at Ciro's nightclub in Hollywood. Veracruzana was later included in later revues. Veracruzana was also one of Dunhams most popular number.
By 1944 Dunham had already accomplished so much. Dunham had opened The Dunham School of Dance and Theater. This waslocated in New York in Caravan Hall on West Fifty-ninth Street. This was Isadora Duncan's former studio.
Did I hear church bells ringing? In 1941, Dunham got married to John Pratt. Pratt was an established white artist. He had joined her company as a set and costume designer. He then would design sets and costumes for virtually every production of the Dunham Company and every costume Dunham would wear on stage and in films.
In 1939, Dunham started her film career. The film, Carnival of Rhythm, was short film written by Stanley Martin. It was directed by Jean Negulesco, and produced by Warner Brothers. The flim was devoted entirely to her, her company, and her choreography. She, Archie Savage, and Talley Beatty are the stars.
In 1938, Dunham choreographed and produced her first full-length ballet. L'Ag'Ya, debuted in January at the Federal Theater, Chicago. This danced was based on a fable of love, jealousy, and revenge.
Dunham became interested in anthropology and won a fellowship to study in the Caribbean. Dunham examined the dance rhythms there. She particularly examined Jamaica, Martinique, Trinidad, and Haiti rythms. She learned to perform voodoo rituals, the rumba, and other primitive rhythms. She later integrated into modern dance forms.
In the 1930's, Dunham had a Chicago-based dance company. This company was called Ballet Negre. People sometimes called it the Negro Dance Group. This was the first self-supporting black modern-dance troupe. Over the years the troupe visited more than 50 countries on six continents.
In 1928, Dunham moved to Chicago. When she got there she studied ballet with Ludmilla Speranzeva. She eventually enrolled at the University of Chicago.
Katherine had a passion for writing. At only the age of 12 she had published her first poem in a magazine. The magazine was called The Brownies' Book. W.E.B. Du Bois edited it before it was published.
At the age of 3 Dunhams mother died. Her mother was a french canadian. She began dancing early on and also had a pasion for writing.
I chose Kathrine Dunham as my topic. She was born on June 22, 1909. Kathrine was born in Chicago. She was raised in Joliet, Illinois.