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  • What tiny percent of the public ever heard of Maria Tallchief, Alexander Schneider or Katherine Dunham?

    Robert J. Elisberg: Standing by Jerry Leiber (1933-2011)

  • Wendy Perron, editor of DANCE Magazine, reminds us in a tweet that James Dean and Marlon Brando studied dance with the great Katherine Dunham.

    Debra Levine: James Dean Broods... and Dances

  • Dean takes Katherine Dunham's class with Eartha Kitt, who was a Dunham dancer from age 16-20, approximately, touring Europe and becoming cabaret star in Paris.

    Debra Levine: James Dean Broods... and Dances

  • A movie offer from MGM came when she headlined a show at the Little Troc nightclub with the Katherine Dunham dancers in 1942.

    Lena Horne Dead: Singer Dies At 92

  • Mr. Aguabella was a sacred drummer of the Santeria religion, a blend of traditional African and Catholic beliefs, who left Cuba in the 1950s to work with dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham on the movie "Mambo."

    Afro-Cuban drummer Francisco Aguabella dies at 84

  • From the stage, Keith continued, “As Eleanor Roosevelt once said to Katherine Dunham, ‘No one does anything alone.’”

    One Flight Up

  • Other filmmakers who studied dance were Mura Dehn, noted for her filming of black dancers in Harlem, and Maya Deren, who studied with Katherine Dunham and featured Talley Beatty in her film A Study in Choreography for Camera.

    Dance Performance in the United States.

  • First working as an editorial assistant, Deren was hired in 1940 as the secretary to choreographer Katherine Dunham, whom she joined on her cross-country road tour.

    Maya Deren.

  • Her work was significant because she was able to break into the secret societies and expose their use of drugs to create the Vodun trance, also a subject of study for fellow dancer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham who was then at the University of Chicago.

    HW Bio: Zora Neale Hurston «

  • There she auditioned for Katherine Dunham, the pioneering African-American dancer, and toured Europe with the dance troupe.

    Award-Winning Entertainer Eartha Kitt Dies At 81


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