Katherine Mary Dunham was a dancer, choreographer, author, educator and social activist. She had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century. Dunham directed her own dance company (the only self-supported American Black dance troupe at that time). She was an innovator in African American modern dance, as well as a leader in the field of ethnochoreology (dance anthropology).
Le jazz hot, 1939: Katherine Mary Dunham. Dancer, choreographer, songwriter, author, educator, and activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century and has been called the "Matriarch and Queen Mother of Black Dance".
Alvin Ailey was an African-American choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance. His company gained the nickname "Cultural Ambassador to the World" because of its extensive international touring. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece Revelations is believed to be the best known and most often seen modern dance performance.
Hitler called her "The most dangerous woman in Europe." At The Queens Head pub in Stepney, in London's East End, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother enjoyed a pint of bitter, which she pulled herself. (That's the much-missed late mother of QE II, who famously refused to leave London during the Blitz, or even to send her daughters to the safety of Canada, saying ""The children won't go without me. I won't leave the King. And the King will never leave."
Alvin Ailey founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and won international fame as both a dancer and choreographer, a creator and arranger of dance performances Alvin Ailey Jr was born to Alvin and Lula Elizabeth Ailey on January 5, 1931, in Rogers, Texas He was an only child