Katherine Dunham Company
The Katherine Dunham Company, a troupe of dancers, singers, actors and musicians, was the first African American modern dance company. It descended from Ballet Negre, a student troupe founded by Katherine Dunham, which later became the Negro Dance Troupe.
The company had successful runs on Broadway and in other major American cities. Beginning in the 1940s Dunham took her troupe on a series of highly acclaimed world tours.
Successful reviews included the universally acclaimed Bal Negre (1946).
- Katherine Dunham speaking about having to overcome 1940's racism at a June 6, 2002 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival PillowTalk.
- Katherine Dunham timeline - includes information about the development of her company
- Katherine Dunham IMDb entry - includes a list of films in which she appeared, choreographed and/or her Company appeared
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