Katherine Dunham

About Katherine Dunham

Birth Day: June 22, 1909
Birth Place: Glen Ellyn, IL

Katherine Dunham

Katherine Dunham was born on June 22, 1909 in Glen Ellyn, IL. Choreographer, dancer, and anthropologist all in one, she collected ethnic, ritualistic dances, re-interpreted and staged them.
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As per our current Database, Katherine Dunham has been died on May 21, 2006 (age 96).

🎂 Katherine Dunham - Age, Bio, Faces and Birthday

When Katherine Dunham die, Katherine Dunham was 96 years old.

Popular As Katherine Dunham
Occupation Dancer
Age 96 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Born June 22, 1909 (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Birthday June 22
Town/City Glen Ellyn, IL
Nationality IL

🌙 Zodiac

Katherine Dunham’s zodiac sign is Cancer. According to astrologers, the sign of Cancer belongs to the element of Water, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Guided by emotion and their heart, they could have a hard time blending into the world around them. Being ruled by the Moon, phases of the lunar cycle deepen their internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that are beyond their control. As children, they don't have enough coping and defensive mechanisms for the outer world, and have to be approached with care and understanding, for that is what they give in return.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Katherine Dunham was born in the Year of the Rooster. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. Compatible with Ox or Snake.

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Choreographer, Dancer, and Anthropologist all in one, she collected ethnic, ritualistic dances, re-interpreted and staged them.

Before Fame

She did not start to train in formal dancing until her late teens, and her interest in it became more academic after learning in school the centrality of dance to native African cultures.


At a time when African Americans were still battling blatant racism, she ran her own Katherine Dunham Dance Company, a self-supported organization that performed for decades.

Family Life

She married John Pratt, a theatrical designer, who worked with her in 1938 at the Chicago Federal Theatre Project and became her artistic partner.

Associated With

She had a profound influence on Choreographer Alvin Ailey, who was inspired to take up his vocation after watching a performance of her company.

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