Katherine Dunham

1909 - 2006

Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham ( June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an African-American dancer, choreographer, creator of the Dunham Technique, author, educator, anthropologist, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in African-American and European theater of the 20th century, and directed her own dance company for many years. She has been called the "matriarch and queen mother of black dance."While a student at the University of Chicago, Dunham also performed as a dancer and ran a dance school. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Katherine Dunham has received more than 456,408 page views. Her biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 60th most popular dancer.

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  • 16

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Among dancers, Katherine Dunham ranks 60 out of 66Before her are Adam Darius, Frankie Manning, Avdotia Istomina, Joaquín Cortés, Svetlana Zakharova, and Rukmini Devi Arundale. After her are Mrinalini Sarabhai, Jin Xing, Twyla Tharp, Sergei Polunin, Saroj Khan, and Wade Robson.

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Among people born in 1909, Katherine Dunham ranks 232Before her are Frank Shields, Stephen Spender, Bill Carr, Wallace Stegner, Mohammad Ali Bogra, and Neal E. Miller. After her are Heather Angel, Bimal Roy, Virginia Bruce, Ann Sothern, Dorothy Round, and William Gemmell Cochran. Among people deceased in 2006, Katherine Dunham ranks 245Before her are Juice Leskinen, Noor Hassanali, Vincent Sherman, Boz Burrell, Arthur Lee, and Abdul-Halim Sadulayev. After her are Geir Ivarsøy, Ann Richards, Ron Greenwood, Doug Serrurier, Te Atairangikaahu, and Byron Nelson.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Katherine Dunham ranks 7,006 out of 12,171Before her are Johnny Unitas (1933), Natasha Lyonne (1979), Lester Bird (1938), Taylor Schilling (1984), Margaret Geller (1947), and Paul Bostaph (1964). After her are Suzy Parker (1932), Dale Earnhardt (1951), Don L. Lind (1930), Leonard Slatkin (1944), Ted Chiang (1967), and Mia Malkova (1992).

Among DANCERS In United States

Among dancers born in United States, Katherine Dunham ranks 8Before her are Josephine Baker (1906), Martha Graham (1894), Merce Cunningham (1919), Alvin Ailey (1931), Maria Tallchief (1925), and Adam Darius (1930). After her are Twyla Tharp (1941) and Melody Thornton (1984).