Katherine Dunham in "L'Ag'Ya," 1938. Ms. Dunham revolutionized modern dance, blending classical movement with African and Caribbean rhythms to create a new form, the renowned Dunham Technique. Missouri History Museum
1951- Katherine Dunham choreographs "Southland" in response to racial injustice in the United States. Janet Collins, Carmen de Lavallade's cousin, becomes the first African-American premiere danseuse of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. She also teaches modern dance at the School of American Ballet. Mary Hinkson and Matt Turney come to New York from the University of Wisconsin and become the first black dancers to join the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Today, jazz is presented in many different forms at special dance schools and performances by dance troupes around the world. Even now, this popular dance form follows the dictates of musical theater choreography.
Antonio Douthit (St. Louis, MO) began his dance training at age 16 at the Center of Contemporary Arts. He also trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. He became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999, being promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Mr. Douthit joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2004.