Katherine Dunham Company

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The Katherine Dunham Company, a troupe of dancers, singers, actors and musicians, was the first African-American modern dance company.wikipedia
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Katherine Dunham

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Founded in Chicago, it grew out of Ballet Nègre, a student troupe founded in 1930 by Katherine Dunham, which later became the Negro Dance Group.
For almost 30 years she maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, the only self-supported American black dance troupe at that time.

Alvin Ailey

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Dunham alumni include Alvin Ailey, Rosalie King, Frances Davis, Eartha Kitt and Walter Nicks.
In 1946 he had his first experience with concert dance when he saw the Katherine Dunham Dance Company and Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium.

Rosalie King

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Dunham alumni include Alvin Ailey, Rosalie King, Frances Davis, Eartha Kitt and Walter Nicks.
She was an original member of the Katherine Dunham Company, leaving because of the troupe's proposed tour of Australia and New Zealand (1956 – 1957), citing the distance from her children.

Eartha Kitt

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Dunham alumni include Alvin Ailey, Rosalie King, Frances Davis, Eartha Kitt and Walter Nicks.
Kitt began her career as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company in 1943 and remained a member of the troupe until 1948.

Walter Nicks

Dunham alumni include Alvin Ailey, Rosalie King, Frances Davis, Eartha Kitt and Walter Nicks.
He studied dance at the Katherine Dunham School in New York (1945), whose teachers included Dunham, Lavinia Williams, Talley Beatty, Tommy Gomez, Archie Savage and Marie Bryant.

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The Katherine Dunham Company, a troupe of dancers, singers, actors and musicians, was the first African-American modern dance company.

Chicago

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Founded in Chicago, it grew out of Ballet Nègre, a student troupe founded in 1930 by Katherine Dunham, which later became the Negro Dance Group.

Broadway theatre

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The company had successful runs on Broadway and in other major American cities.

The New York Times

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In a The New York Times review on February 19, 1940, dance critic John Martin wrote: "Her performance with her group last Sunday at the Windsor Theatre may very well become a historic occasion, for certainly never before in all efforts of recent years to establish Negro dance as a serious medium has there been so convincing and authoritative an approach."

John Martin (dance critic)

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In a The New York Times review on February 19, 1940, dance critic John Martin wrote: "Her performance with her group last Sunday at the Windsor Theatre may very well become a historic occasion, for certainly never before in all efforts of recent years to establish Negro dance as a serious medium has there been so convincing and authoritative an approach."

African Americans

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The Dunham Company helped launch the career of many African-American performers of the day.

Frances Davis

Dunham alumni include Alvin Ailey, Rosalie King, Frances Davis, Eartha Kitt and Walter Nicks.

New York City

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Today you can find classes in Dunham Technique taught in New York City at both the 92nd Street YMHA and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, by former company member Dana McBroom-Manno.

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Today you can find classes in Dunham Technique taught in New York City at both the 92nd Street YMHA and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, by former company member Dana McBroom-Manno.

Fashion Institute of Technology

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Today you can find classes in Dunham Technique taught in New York City at both the 92nd Street YMHA and at the Fashion Institute of Technology, by former company member Dana McBroom-Manno.

Metropolitan Opera

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McBroom-Manno was a featured dancer in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Aida, choreographed by Katherine Dunham, the first African-American choreographer at the Met since Hemsley Winfield set the dances for The Emperor Jones in 1933.

Aida

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McBroom-Manno was a featured dancer in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Aida, choreographed by Katherine Dunham, the first African-American choreographer at the Met since Hemsley Winfield set the dances for The Emperor Jones in 1933.

Hemsley Winfield

McBroom-Manno was a featured dancer in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Aida, choreographed by Katherine Dunham, the first African-American choreographer at the Met since Hemsley Winfield set the dances for The Emperor Jones in 1933.

The Emperor Jones

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McBroom-Manno was a featured dancer in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Aida, choreographed by Katherine Dunham, the first African-American choreographer at the Met since Hemsley Winfield set the dances for The Emperor Jones in 1933.

Postmodern dance

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Dale Wasserman

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It was there that he started as a self-taught lighting designer, director and producer, starting with musical impresario Sol Hurok as stage manager and lighting design and for the Katherine Dunham Company, where he invented lighting patterns imitated later in other dance companies.

Hope Clarke

Clarke performed as principal dancer with the Katherine Dunham Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 1960s; actress on stage, film, and television, 1970s–1980s; choreographer and director, 1980s--.

Rita Christiani

She danced and toured with the Katherine Dunham Company in the early 1940s.