The Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts & Humanities needs your help! The East St. Louis, Illinois–based Katherine Dunham Museum is in danger of closing. After the electricity was nearly turned off over an unpaid $486 bill, many generous Dunham fans stepped forward to raise that amount. Now that the museum has faced its immediate financial problems, however, there are still recurring costs—totaling $1,800 to $2,000 each month—that need to be addressed. The organization is asking for donations online or via check, which can be made out to “Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts & Humanities” and addressed to:
PO Box #6
East St. Louis, IL 62202
(KDCAH is a 501©3 organization, so any donations are tax-deductible.)
The Katherine Dunham Museum houses Dunham’s extensive collection of symbolic and functional art from more than 50 countries. Costumes, photographs, programs, letters, awards and mementos from Dunham’s multifaceted career as an anthropologist and dancer are all on display. (Keep your eyes peeled for DT’s December History column—Katherine Dunham is the subject!) With enough donations, the museum will be revitalized—it will be open for regular hours, with paid staff.
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You know how some people lust over the interiors of beautiful homes? Scandinavian aesthetics, marble countertops, chrome appliances? That's how I feel when I look at images of gorgeous dance studios. And I'm willing to bet you feel the same—which is why I've been drooling over photos of the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.
I recently watched your YouTube video on exercises for the intrinsic muscles of the feet. I have a question about the doming exercise. When doing the movement, I find it impossible to keep my toes long. The same is true for when I point my feet. I have a hard time lengthening my toes, and I feel a limited range of motion in the front of my ankle. Is there anything I can do to fix this?
Starting this Saturday, the Children's Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side will have an interactive dance exhibit called "Let's Dance!" Basically every facet of dance is featured in the exhibit: kids can explore lighting design with a special child-friendly lighting box; choreograph with the use of props, signs and costumes; create accompaniment with percussion instruments; manipulate posable figures; see incredible dance photography and video; and, best of all, interact with the dance portal, where they can watch, learn and interact with professional and student dance companies like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dancing Classrooms, Mark Morris Dance Group and Martha Graham Dance Company. Whew. That's a LOT of great stuff.