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    A Touch of Innocence (the autobiography of Katherine Dunham) Choreographer, dance troupe founder, and anthropologist Katherine Dunham was born in Chicago,
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      "A Touch of Innocence" (the autobiography of Katherine Dunham)

      Choreographer, dance troupe founder, and anthropologist
      Katherine Dunham was born in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
      Dunham received her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
      in anthropology from the University of Chicago and later did
      extensive anthropological study, particularly in the Caribbean.
      She began performing in 1931 in Chicago and then worked for
      the New York Labor Stage, where she composed dances for
      The Emperor Jones, Pins and Needles, and Run, Li'l Chillun.
      In 1936 Dunham received a Julius Rosenwald Foundation
      fellowship, with which she traveled and studied
      dance in the West Indies, particularly Haiti.
      In 1940 she formed a highly acclaimed all-"black" [categorized] dance
      troupe that toured her works in the United States and in Europe.
      She also choreographed for, and performed in,
      motion pictures and Broadway musicals.
      Dunham opened the Dunham School of Dance in New York
      City, which trained dancers in classical ballet, African and
      Caribbean dance forms, anthropology, and other cultural arts.
      The school was an influential center of Black dance.
      She became the first "black" [categorized] choreographer
      at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
      She acted as technical cultural advisor to the president
      and the minister of cultural affairs of Senegal.
      In the 1970s Dunham went to Southern Illinois University
      as an artist in residence and later became a professor.
      There she developed cultural arts programs
      to teach disadvantaged urban youth.
      A scholar and influential leader in Black theatrical dance,
      her original technique emphasized the movement of
      certain body parts independently of the rest of the body.
      Dunham also wrote articles for periodicals and authored several books.
      She wrote her life story entitled "A Touch Of Innocence" in 1959.

      Dunham was a Tri-racially Mixed woman who is
      also of the African-American `ethnic' grouping.

      For more information – see: http://www.aaregistry.com

      Reference: Black Women in America An Historical Encyclopedia /
      Volumes 1 and 2, edited by Darlene Clark Hine / Copyright 1993,
      Carlson Publishing Inc., Brooklyn, New York / ISBN 0-926019-61-9

      A Touch of Innocence (--by Katherine Dunham) [an autobiography]

      "Long before terms like "multiculturalism" and "world music" came
      into vogue, dancer, choreographer, and University of Chicago-trained
      anthropologist Katherine Dunham traveled to Africa, the West Indies,
      and South America, chronicling the spread of Africa-derived
      dance traditions and creating a multitude of critically
      acclaimed revues, including Tropics and Le Jazz Hot.
      Her choreography was even featured in the 1943 film Stormy Weather.
      But Dunham's autobiography, written in the late 1950s
      while she was on a sojourn in Japan, is bittersweet.
      She was born on June 22, 1909, in Joliet, Illinois, the
      daughter of a West African-Malagasy father and a
      light-complexioned mother of French-Canadian-Native
      American heritage who died when Dunham was an infant.
      A Touch of Innocence chronicles the first 18 years of Dunham's life:
      her upbringing with her brother, Albert Jr., in the white
      suburb of Glen Ellyn; the antagonism of her domineering
      father; and the experience of being raised by aunts in
      Chicago while her dad worked as a traveling salesman.
      From this piercing work, the world-famous dance icon emerges
      with the all-embracing allure of the everyday aristocracy
      that the best African American achievers radiate."
      --Eugene Holley Jr. (Amazon.com)


      For more information – see: http://www.aaregistry.com
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