Resources on Katherine Dunham

Dr. Halifu Osumare, Dunham scholar and former Director of The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification, situates Katherine Dunham as an African American choreographer in the pre-Civil Rights colonial era in this short lecture.

For further introductory reading, see:

  • Clark, VèVè A. and Sara E. Johnson, eds. Kaiso!: Writings By and About Katherine Dunham. Madison: Wisconsin Press, 2005.
  • Das, Joanna Dee. “Katherine Dunham (1909-2006).” 100 Dance Treasures, Dance Heritage Coalition. 2012.

Katherine Dunham, in her own words:

We use materials from so many archives for Dunham’s Data, but these are three key collections:

For more information on Katherine Dunham’s living legacy and training in the Dunham Technique, check out:

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The Institute for Dunham Technique Certification is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the legacy of dancer/choreographer/anthropologist Katherine Dunham (1909-2006). They offer ongoing training in Dunham Technique and certify the next generation of Dunham Technique teachers.