Katherine Dunham on Overcoming 1940’s Racism (Jacob’s Pillow Dance)

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The Katherine Dunham Dance Company was the first black modern-dance company in North America. In this video, Dancer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham describes the historical moment in 1944 when her dance company was asked to perform for a segregated audience in a Lexington, Kentucky theatre.

“Katherine Dunham (June 22, 1909 — May 21, 2006) An anthropologist, author, educator, song writer, dancer, choreographer and activist. Dunham worked as an anthropologist studying ethnographic dance in the Caribbean, predominantly Haiti, where she even became a mambo (priestess) in the Vaudon (Voodoo) religion. Her entrenched studies not only spearheaded a new idea of “dance anthropology” in academia but also launched Dunham into her future as a political activist in the States as well as the Caribbean.”

“PillowTalks use dance as a prism to explore the world at large. For more on Jacob’s Pillow please visit http://www.jacobspillow.org”

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Digital Data and Dance: Combining my Passions

Nerding out on digital dance culture.

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I am no stranger to working from home. I completed the bulk of my master’s degree remotely and I have had my own online businesses and blogging endeavors on and off for a few years. That being said, this whole situation is allowing me to reflect and focus on my own plans.

The original goal of this blog was to combine my love of data and dance, and to use that passion to improve the dance industry. I had already been talking with a few of my local studios about their online presence and digital teaching goals. For the most part, the response was positive but hesitant. Often, there are more questions than answers, since each studio has its own unique culture and client base. Now that we are in a moment of clear social distancing, physical studios feel they have no other option but to go digital.

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Coming Now! My Digital Dance YouTube Channel

For the last few months, I have been working on my YouTube channel where I share free dance tutorials and some of my experiences as a dancer and anthropologist. It’s been fun trying out new ways of teaching dance.

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I just finished uploading my introductory video on my new YouTube channel. I am so excited to share my experiences as an applied anthropologist and consumer of dance culture and hope you will join me in discussing all things digital dance!

I have some exciting projects planned for that in the coming weeks, so please subscribe and help me build up my momentum!

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