Katherine Dunham

1909 - 2006

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Katherine Mary Dunham (June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an 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, and earned an early bachelor's degree in anthropology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Katherine Dunham has received more than 613,875 page views. Her biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Katherine Dunham is the 76th most popular dancer (down from 65th in 2019), the 7,805th most popular biography from United States (up from 7,919th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Dancer.

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Among dancers, Katherine Dunham ranks 76 out of 76Before her are Olga Spessivtseva, Sylvie Guillem, Micheline Bernardini, Joaquín Cortés, Svetlana Zakharova, and Avdotia Istomina. After her are Rukmini Devi Arundale, Mrinalini Sarabhai, Frankie Manning, Balasaraswati, Yamini Krishnamurthy, and Jin Xing.

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Among people born in 1909, Katherine Dunham ranks 291Before her are Giovanni Palatucci, Eduardo Astengo, Jean Taris, Ernesto Belis, Mohamed Latif, and Mohammad Ali Bogra. After her are Max Black, William Gemmell Cochran, Koichi Kudo, André Bonin, Olivér Halassy, and Adolf Šimperský. Among people deceased in 2006, Katherine Dunham ranks 274Before her are Asdrúbal Fontes Bayardo, Savino Guglielmetti, Óscar González, Lidia Wysocka, Ted Schroeder, and Nel van Vliet. After her are Jackie McLean, Francis Girod, Juice Leskinen, Lloyd Bentsen, Robert Earl Jones, and Reidar Liaklev.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Katherine Dunham ranks 7,805 out of 18,182Before her are John Esposito (1940), Alley Mills (1951), Eddie Rickenbacker (1890), Patti Hansen (1956), Bill Maher (1956), and Mike Lee (1971). After her are Joseph Polchinski (1954), Karl Struss (1886), David R. Ellis (1952), Laura Leighton (1968), Eric Kripke (1974), and Wesley Ruggles (1889).

Among DANCERS In United States

Among dancers born in United States, Katherine Dunham ranks 9Before her are Martha Graham (1894), Merce Cunningham (1919), William Forsythe (1949), Alvin Ailey (1931), Maria Tallchief (1925), and Adam Darius (1930). After her are Frankie Manning (1914), Twyla Tharp (1941), Agnes de Mille (1905), Rozonda Thomas (1971), Melody Thornton (1984), and Misty Copeland (1982).