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...

 2017

     34th Annual International

  Authentic Katherine Dunham

          Technique Seminar 

                          July 22-30, 2017 

Washington University  

6445 Forsyth Blvd., #203

St. Louis, MO 63130 

Annelise Mertz Dance Studio 

A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre 

Mallinckrodt 101 (lower level studio)

Welcome to the Premier Dunham Technique Conference! 

        Authentic Dunham Technique Classes

  •        Welcoming Social Festival
  •        Dunham Historical Film/Video Presentations
  •        Lecture/Panel Discussion on Dunham Legacy
  •        Dunham Museum Tours
  •        Located on the beautiful Campus of WU
  •        Dunham Percussion Classes
  •        Live Performance
  •        Open to all Dancers & Artists
  •        Plenty of Networking Opportunities
  •        Multiple Dance Studios Available

Tuition for the 9 day seminar with a non-refundable $75.00 deposit is: 

Full Registration        Early-Bird Special          Regular  

                                    (by June 1)            (by July 1)

Adults                                $399                     $499 

Youth/College                  $299                     $399

 

Click to download Registraton Form.


         Curriculum  (subject to revision)  

 Saturday, July 22, 2017 

 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dunham Technique   

 12:45 p.m. –   1:45 p.m.  Lunch 

   2:00 p.m. –   3:30 p.m.  Dunham Technique  

 Sunday, July 23, 2017

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   World Dance – S. African Zulu

  10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Dunham Technique

  12:30 p.m. –   1:30 p.m.  Lunch

    1:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.  Dunham Technique

  Afternoon at Dunham Museum 

  Monday, July 24, 2017

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.  World Dance – S. African Zulu

  10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Dunham Technique

 12:30 p.m. –   1:30 p.m.  Lunch

   1:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.  Dunham Technique

    3:30 p.m. –   5:30 p.m.  KD History / Film or Percussions 

    5:45 p.m. –   6:30 p.m.  Hip Hop 

  Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.  World Dance – S. African Zulu

  10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Dunham Technique

  12:30 p.m. –   1:30 p.m.  Lunch

    1:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.  Dunham Technique

    3:30 p.m. –   5:30 p.m.  Dunham Repertory

    5:45 p.m. –   6:30 p.m.  Hip Hop 

  Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.    World Dance – S. African Zulu

  10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Dunham Technique

  12:30 p.m. –   1:30 p.m.     Lunch

    1:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.     Dunham Technique

    3:30 p.m. –   5:30 p.m.     KD History / Film or Percussions 

    5:45 p.m. –   6:30 p.m.     Hip Hop 

  Thursday, July 27, 2017

   9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.     World Dance – S. African Zulu

 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Dunham Technique

 12:30 p.m. –   1:30 p.m.     Lunch

   1:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.     Dunham Technique

   3:30 p.m. –   5:30 p.m.     Dunham Repertory 

   5:45 p.m. –   7:00 p.m.     Hip Hop 

   Friday, July 28, 2017

   9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.     World Dance – S. African Zulu

 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Dunham Technique

 12:30 p.m. –   1:30 p.m.     Lunch

   1:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.     Dunham Technique

   3:30 p.m. –   5:30 p.m.     Discussion for next seminar

   5:45 p.m. –   6:30 p.m.     Hip Hop 

  Saturday, July 29, 2017

 Annelsie Mertz Dance Studio - 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 A.E. Hotchner Studio Theatre - 10:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

 Mallinckodt 101 Lower Level Studio - 5:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.

   9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.     Rehearsal

 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Rehearsal

 12:30 p.m. –   1:30 p.m.     Lunch

   1:45 p.m. –   3:15 p.m.     Rehearsal

   3:30 p.m. –   5:30 p.m.     Rehearsal

 Sunday, July 30, 2017

   9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.     Rehearsal

 11:30 a.m. –   1:00 p.m.     Performance

 

                                   INSTRUCTOR BIOS

                                                         Ruby Streate

                                Dancer, Choreographer, and Historian

Ruby Streate, has been a member of the Dunham legacy since 1969. She is currently the Artistic Program Director at the Katherine Dunham Centers for the Arts and Humanities (KDCAH).

Her career with Miss Dunham began under the tutelage of Dunham Company members Ural Wilson and Lenwood Morris. Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and ethnic (Haitian, Senegalese, Brazilian and Cuban) dance genres were included in her studies at Miss Dunham’s Performing Arts Training Center. Passionate about Dunham Technique, she concentrated her studies on every facet of the Dunham legend. Miss Dunham, thoroughly impressed with her expertise, appointed Miss Streate a Master Instructor in Dunham Technique and repository of Dunham choreography.

   * She has conducted master classes in Dunham Technique at Temple University, University of the Arts, Ohio State University, San Francisco State University, Laney College, Southeast Missouri State University, Washington University, and Dionne Dance Studio.

   * Cultural Arts institutions such as FACE/BalletMet  – Columbus, Ohio, DCDC – Dayton, Ohio, West Las Vegas Cultural Arts Center – Las Vegas, Nevada, and danceimmersions – Toronto, Canada have employed Miss Streate to conduct master classes for their children/youth programs.

   * She has conducted dance residencies at Northern Kentucky State University and Cincinnati Black Theater.

   * She received the Acclaim Award for her choreography of “Once On This Island”.

   * She produced and directed a professional children’s performing company that travelled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Issoire and Paris, France.

   * She has been cited by both Illinois and Ohio Legislatures for her work with youth and the perpetuation of Miss Dunham’s legacy.

   * Ruby was awarded the Dunham Lifetime Achievement Award from the Katherine Dunham Centers for the Arts and Humanities.

 Educational Achievements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management

Master’s Degree in Gerontology     

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                                         James Belk

                              Master Percussionist 

James Belk, Master Percussionist, has been a member of the Dunham legacy since 1975. He serves as percussion instructor and Master Percussionist for the Katherine Dunham Museum Children’s Workshop.

His career with Miss Dunham began under the tutelage of many Master Percussionists including:  Mor Thiam, Joe Sircus, C.K. Ghanyo, Quasi Badu, Felippe Garcia, and Mamady Keita, etal.

His many accomplishments are as follows and include performances on major stages in the United States and France including:

    *  Has been a student of percussion since the age of 2.

    *Ÿ  As a performer, he was first featured in PBS’ Katherine Dunham’s documentary at 5 years of age playing drums. 

    *Ÿ  Was acknowledged by Miles Davis as a “percussionist extraordinaire” at the age of 9.

    *Ÿ  Mr. Belk led the youngest contingent of drummers at the 1996 Olympic “Drums for Peace”.

    *Ÿ  Has served as percussionist at Miss Katherine Dunham’s Annual Seminar since 1981.

    *Ÿ Hired by Miss Dunham’s Performing Arts Training Center in East St. Louis and has been primary percussionist for all major performances.

    *  Astute in rhythms of diverse cultures such as Haitian, Cuban, Brazilian, Senegalese, Ghanaian, and other ethnicities.

    *  Has conducted Master Classes at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Ohio State University, South East Missouri State University, and Bradley University.

    *Ÿ  Featured percussionist and accompanist at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    *Ÿ  Has appeared at Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford, Illinois, Symphony Space Theater in New York, UNESCO in Paris, France, and at the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater.

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Transportation / Hotel Accommodations are not included in tuition.

 

We strongly suggest you contact priceline.com, cheaptickets.com, or orbitz.com to arrange your flight. The sooner you reserve your flight, the cheaper the cost will be. One of those entities might save you as much as $300-$400 on the cost of the flight.

Hotels close to Washington University are listed below. Click on hotel name to go to the hotel website for more information.

Knight Center on the Washington University Campus 

Forest Park Parkway & Throop Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
(866) 933-9400 or (314) 933-9400
  

Drury Inn & Suites Brentwood - St. Louis

8700 Eager Road
Brentwood, MO 63144
(800) 378-7946 or (314) 968-3704
 

Hampton Inn and Suites Clayton/St. Louis-Galleria Area

216 N. Meramec Avenue
Clayton, MO 63105
(314) 727-0700
 

Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Louis Galleria 

8040 Clayton Road
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
(800) 225-5466 or
(314) 863-7700  

Ritz-Carlton

100 Carondelet Plaza
Clayton, MO 63105
(800) 241-3333 or (314) 863-6300
  

Sheraton Clayton

7730 Bonhomme
Clayton, MO 63105
(800) 325-3535 or (314) 863-0400
 

 

                Join Us for this 

  “Once In A Lifetime Experience”!  

         Reserve your spot today!

 

Address any questions you may have to:

Leverne Backstrom at (618) 795-5970 

Ruby Streate at (618) 671-2332 

Email the Registrar at KDCAH@ymail.com

 

      Some Points of Interest in St. Louis 

 

                                                   

               Missouri Botanical Garden                     St. Louis Zoo

                   

                                

                   Gateway Arch                                The Loop 

 

                                

                     Soulard                               Central West End

   

                               

                 City Museum                            Busch Stadium

 

                                

                   The Fox Theatre               St. Louis Art Museum

  

                                             

                      Grant's Farm                St. Louis Science Center

 

                                        

                      Forest Park                       The Magic House

  

                            

                Missouri History Museum    Old Courthouse

 

                              

                          The Muny                           City Garden