Katherine Dunham was a trail blazing dancer and choreographer who had one of the most successful dance careers of the twentieth century. For thirty years she owned and maintained the Katherine Dunham dance company which was the only self supporting Afro-American dance group during that era. Her dance troupe that was founded in the late 1930's performed in more than 50 countries spanning six continents and all this at a time of heightened racial discrimination makes her achievements all the more remarkable. The height of her career was during the 1940's and 1950's where both her dance group and her choreography skills were in high demand from Broadway to Hollywood. Dunham shared her knowledge and dance technique through the Katherine Dunham school of dance that first opened in 1945. Her teaching method became known as the Dunham Technique and it has been adopted in dance schools across the globe. She was also an accomplished author who penned many books including Dances of Haiti (1983), Island Possessed (1969) and Touch Of Innocence (1959). Choreographers tend to let their moves do the talking however she was not shy when it came to one liners so here is my compilation of 9 of the best Katherine Dunham quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Katherine Mary Dunham
- Born: 22nd June 1909, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
- Died: 21st Mat 2006, New York City, New York, U.S.
- Alma mater: University of Chicago
- Occupation: Dancer, choreographer and author
- Trivia: Eartha Kitt was a Dunham dancer from 1942 until 1947 and she was an uncredited part of the Dunham dance group in the 1948 movie Casbah
"Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out"
"I wasn't concerned about the hardships because I always felt I was doing what I had to do, what I wanted to do and what I was destined to do"
"I always believed that if you set out to be successful, then you already were"
"We weren't pushing Black is beautiful. We just showed it"
"Start something else that makes use of your creative ability because if you don't you will die inside as a person"
"When you have faith in something, it’s your reason to be alive and to fight for it"
"You dance because you have to. Dance is an essential part of life that has always been with me"
"The dancing of my group is called anthropology in New Haven, sex in Boston and in Rome - art"
"I used to want the words 'She tried' on my tombstone. Now I want 'She did it'
Great quotes are not where you find great wisdom. It's where you share this knowledge that counts