Welcome to KDCAH!

Katherine Dunham is probably best known as a legendary dancer who propelled the awareness of the cultures of the African Diaspora via her choreography. Her famous dance technique reflects a fusion of many cultures.

Miss. Dunham was a true renaissance woman. She was an artist, anthropologist, author, activist, manager, movie star, producer, educator, wife, mother and so much more.

The world needs to know about her wonderful life story and there’s no better learning environment than the Museum and Centers for Arts and Humanities she created.

Please take a global journey through this website and find out more about Miss Dunham’s legacy, Museum, Dance Technique, Dance Seminar, Children’s Workshop, and Membership/Giving Opportunities.

Thank you for visiting our website and we invite you back again and again.

Her legacy continues...

Welcome to the Official Katherine Dunham Website


From KETC, LIVING ST. LOUIS producer Anne-Marie Berger traces Katherine Dunham's life... Although it was broadcast shortly after Dunham's death in May 2006 at age 96, the profile contains what is believed to have been her last interview, in October 2005.

Katherine Dunham Museum

The Katherine Dunham Museum houses Miss Dunham’s outstanding collection of symbolic and functional art, including more than 250 African and Caribbean art objects from more than 50 countries.

Tapestries, paintings, sculpture, musical instruments and ceremonial costumes from around the world celebrate the human spirit of the Museum.

The museum displays costumes, photographs, programs, letters, awards and mementos from Miss Dunham’s career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, writer and dance company owner.


       17th Annual Tribute to Katherine Dunham

The Chicago celebration of Miss Dunham’s 107th Birthday was a wonderful experience! The Board of Directors and Miss Ruby Streate send heartfelt thanks to everyone that helped the Katherine Dunham Children’s Workshop get to Chicago to participate in such a beautiful event. Everyone involved felt Miss Dunham’s presence and feels blessed to be a part of her legacy!

                                    THANK YOU!!!

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Give StL Day - May 3, 2016

Many thanks to the individuals that chose KDCAH as their non-profit. We are grateful to you all!

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TO DONATE: Please click on the DONATE button.

Become a member of the "KDCAH Sustaining Friends Circle"!  For as little as $5.00 a month you can be a member of a select few committed supporters of The Dunham Legacy.  Sign up to support KDCAH with an ongoing monthly contribution automatically charged to your credit card or deducted from your bank account. Your commitment will provide steady income to support arts, dance, and culture in the Metro East.

Click to download "Sustaining Friends Circle" Form

and mail to KDCAH, P.O. Box #6, East St. Louis, IL 62202 or click on the donate button below:


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