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...

Children's Workshop

Many of the classes offered and  activities provided by KDCAH take place in the  Children’s Workshop throughout the year. The Children’s Workshop involves youth of various ages 6-17 years. The Children’s Workshop is a two story masonry and wood structure with approximately 1,000 SF on each floor. It is located directly behind the Museum and functioned as the carriage house for the original family. The Children’s Workshop was renovated into a dance studio by a special grant from CBS in the mid-1970s. The main eligibility for kids to participate in the Children’s Workshop activities is a firm commitment to actively engage in program offerings.

Programs fees are very modest and free scholarship opportunities exist for low income students. The Children’s Workshop provides new learning experiences and meaningful artistic opportunities to interact with others in a positive, caring, and safe environment. We strive to engage hundreds of students in a variety of programs and activities. See a detail listing of our programs below: 

  • Artistic Performances

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Celebrations

  • Classroom Instruction

  • Dance Classes

  • Drum Classes

  • Educational / cultural programs

  • Films

  • History Lessons

  • Poetry / Spoken Word

  • Skills development

  • Speeches

  • Summer Artistic Camps

  • Youth Round Table discussions

           Enroll Today!!!

 

         Katherine Dunham Children’s Workshop

                        Schedule of Events

                                    2017

Saturday, 1/25/2017

   Celebrate 2017 Meet & Greet               4:00 p.m.

         Katherine Dunham Museum

         1005 Pennsylvania Avenue

         East St. Louis, IL 62201

Saturday, 2/11/2017

     Fairview Heights Public Library          1:00 p.m.

     10017 Bunkum Road

         Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Sunday, 2/12/2017

     Calvary Lutheran Church                  10:30 a.m.

     6606 W Main Street

         Belleville, IL 62223

Friday, 2/17/2017

     Blessed Sacrament                             2:00 p.m.

     8809 W Main Street

         Belleville, IL 62223

Tuesday, 2/21/2017

     E. Morris Elementary School               6:15 p.m.

         1500 Andrews Drive

         Cahokia, IL 62206

Wednesday, 2/22/2017

    Estelle Sauget School of Choice            5:30 p.m.

       1700 Jerome Lane                                   

       Cahokia, IL 62206

Thursday, 2/23/2017

    Penniman Elementary School              2:00 p.m.

         1820 Jerome Lane

         Cahokia, IL 62206

 Friday, 2/24/2017

     8th Grade Academy                             8:15 a.m.   

         1900 Mousette Lane

         Cahokia, IL 62206

     Cahokia High School                          10:30 a.m.

         800 Range Lane

         Cahokia, IL 62206

 Saturday, 2/25/2017

     African Ball                                         5:00 p.m.

         Jazz @ Walter Circle Ballroom

         1001 North 15th Street

         East St. Louis, IL 62205

Monday, 2/27/2017

     Helen Huffman Elementary School       9:00 a.m.

         600 St. Robert

         Cahokia, IL 62206

Tuesday, 2/28/2017

     Lalumier Elementary School                 12:45 p.m.

          6702 Bond Avenue 

         Centreville, IL 62207

      6th Grade Oliver Parks Academy           5:30 p.m.

         1900 Mousette Lane

         Cahokia, IL 62206

Sunday, 3/19/2017

     Stop the Bullying Rally                           6:00 p.m.

          Centene Cultural Center

          3547 Olive Street

          St. Louis, MO 63103

Thursday, 4/27/2017

     Covenant Theological Seminary             6:00 p.m.

         Katherine Dunham Museum

          1005 Pennsylvania Avenue

         East St. Louis, IL 62201

Sunday, 5/14/2017

     Jazzy Rhythm & Blues Concert               7:00 p.m.

         Katherine Dunham Museum

         1005 Pennsylvania Avenue

         East St. Louis, IL 62201

Saturday, 5/20/2017

     St. Louis Freedom for All Festival           4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

         International Institute of St. Louis

         3401 Arsenal

         St. Louis, Mo 63118

Friday, 6/16/2017

     18th Annual Katherine Tribute to Katherine Dunham     12:15 p.m.

         George Washington Library

         400 S State Street

         Chicago, IL 60605

Saturday, 7/15/2017

     People's Clinic        11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

        Dedication to Congressman William Lacy Clay

         5701 Delmar

         St. Louis, MO 63112

Saturday, 7/30/2017

     34th Annual Katherine Dunham Seminar     11:00 a.m.

         Washington University Edison Theater

         6465 Forsyth Blvd.

         St. Louis, MO 63105

Friday, 8/04/2017

     Missouri History Museum                       TBA

         w/Black Rep         

         5700 Lindell Blvd.

         St. Louis, MO 63112

Sunday, 8/13/2017

     End of Summer Arts Program Performnce   12:15 p.m.

         Katherine Dunham Museum

         1005 Pennsylvania Avenue

         East St. Louis, IL 62201

 Saturday, 8/19/2017

     Saint Louis African Amerian Artifacts       1:00 - 7:00 p.m.

         Festival and Bazaar 

         Crown Square Plaza

         14th Street and Saint Louis Avenue

         St. Louis, MO 63103

         Katherine Dunham Children’s Workshop

                        Schedule of Events

                                    2016

Sunday, 1/17/2016

     Clayton Missionary Baptist Church        3:00 p.m.

     2801 Union Blvd.

     St. Louis, MO 63115

 

 Saturday, 1/30/2016

     Fox Theater                                           12:30 p.m.

     Teen Competition Preliminary Round

     527 N. Grand Blvd.

     St. Louis, MO 63103

 

Thursday, 2/18/2016

     Wirth-Parks Middle School                   5:00 p.m.

     900 Mousette Lane

     Cahokia, IL 62206

 

Saturday, 2/27/2016

     African Ball                                            5:00 p.m.

     Jazz @ Walter Circle Ballroom

     1001 North 15th Street

     East St. Louis, IL 62205

 

Sunday, 2/28/2016

     Unsung Heroes                                       5:00 p.m.

     East Saint Louis City Hall

     301 River Park Drive

     East St. Louis, IL 62201

 

Friday, 4/22/2016

     Private Party                                           6:00 p.m.

     Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

     9801 Natural Bridge Road

     St. Louis, MO 63134

 

Sunday, 6/12/2016

     Dance Concert & Ice Cream Social        7:00 p.m.

     Katherine Dunham Museum

     1005 Pennsylvania Avenue

     East St. Louis, IL 62202

 

Wednesday, 6/22/2016

     A Tribute to Katherine Dunham          12:15 p.m.

     Harold Washington Library

     400 S State Street

     Chicago, IL 60605

 

Sunday, 7/03/2016

     I am EStL Event                                     3:00 pm

     Sunshine Cultural Arts Center

     630 N. 59th Street

     East St. Louis, IL 62203

 

Sunday, 8/14/2016

     End of Summer Camp Performance       6:00 p.m.

     Katherine Dunham Museum

     1005 Pennsylvania Avenue

     East St. Louis, IL 62202

 

Sunday, 10/09/2016

     NAACP Banquet                                    6:00 p.m.

     Marriot St. Louis Grand Hotel

     800 Washington Avenue

     St. Louis, MO 63101

 

Saturday, 10/29/2016

     SPP Productions                                     6:00 p.m.

     USA National Miss Pageant

     Fashion Show

     Holiday Inn St. Louis - Downtown Convention Center

     811 North Ninth Street

     St. Louis, MO 63101

 

Saturday, 11/19/2016

     House of Miles EStL                                   TBD

     17th & Kansas Avenue

     East St. Louis, IL 62202

 

Saturday, 12/03/2016

     Private Party                                             6:00 p.m.

     Jones Plaza Banquet Hall

     9003 St. Clair Avenue

     Fairview Heights, IL 62208

 

Saturday, 12/31/2016

     Kwanzaa Program                                     6:00 p.m.

     Katherine Dunham Museum

     1005 Pennsylvania Avenue

     East St. Louis, IL 62201


  

 

 

 

  

                  SpiritWing Dance Ensemble presents

      17th Annual Tribute to Katherine Dunham

 Join us at the Harold Washington Library to Celebrate Katherine Dunham's Legacy of Dance with Dunham Certified Master Teacher, Ruby Streate, The Katherine Dunham Children's Workshop performing Dunham's works, Los Indios, Spirituals and Progressions. Also, Recording artist, performer, Kaia Kater, Tap dancer, Katharine Manor, and co-presenters, Laurie Goux and Sadira Muhammad.

 

 

Where

Harold Washington Library 

400 South State Street, Chicago, IL, United States

When

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 12:15 PM — 1:15 PM CDT

Get in Touch

Laurie Goux

spiritwingdance@msn.com