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Joliet Girl Wins Praise as Dancer in Opera Ballet
Joliet Girl Wins Praise as Dancer in Opera Ballet
TitleJoliet Girl Wins Praise as Dancer in Opera Ballet
DescriptionArticle about Dunham's performance of La Guiablesse and its reception in Chicago
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceSpectator
Place WrittenJoliet, IL
Date(s)1934-12-06
Subjects -titlesLa Guiablesse
Subjects -peopleDunham, Katherine
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F01_02
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TranscriptJOLIET GIRL WINS PRAISE
AS DANCER IN OPERA BALLET
herself and
Ruth Page,
in presenting
With the praises of dramatic critics still ringing in her ears, Miss Katherine Dunham, young Negro dancer of this cit^ and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Dunham, 408 South Joliet street, has added another famed name to Joliet's growing list of dis¬ tinguished sons and daughters. Miss Dunham's dancing of the principal part in "La Guiablesse" at the Chicago Opera House last Friday occasioned the favorable newspaper comments.
The ballet in which Miss Dun¬ ham danced has an all-Negro cast which she trained which assisted Miss premiere danseuse, the full ballet program. During the summer of 1933, Katherine appeared in the same ballet at the Auditorium, but was not in the leading role at the time. Miss Dunham's rhythm and grace, elo¬ quent gestures and very apparent talent earned her many rounds of applause from the packed house which witnessed the performance.
Katherine is remembered here as a brilliant girl, having grad¬ uated from the Joliet high school in 1926 and from the local junior college in 1928. Until last year she was employed in the Chicago public library when she resigned to devote herself to dancing. Her mother says that dancing was just natural to the girl, for she has been doing it ever since she can remember. When she went to Chi¬ cago, she began dancing with Mark Turbyville, who assist Miss Page in her dance programs. For a time, the local girl had a joint studio with Luda Paetz, noted dancer, but she now has a studio of her own where she conducts dancing classes.
A few weeks ago, Miss Dunham appeared in the stage show, "Run, Little Chillun, " at the Harris the¬ atre. In the near future, she plans
to leave for New York where she has been awarded a scholarship with which to continue bf " -dancing studies. She has also won distinc¬ tion by being the first Negro to start a ballet.
Miss Dunham's parents attended last Friday's ballet and were "thrilled to death" with the recep¬ tion the appreciative audience gave their daughter's rendition of a dif¬ ficult part. "We never enjoyed anything so much before, " Mrs. Dunham said. And critics agree that it is very probable they didn't.
Original Formatarticle
Original dimensions (cm.)18 x 12
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
LanguageEnglish
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