Dance Forever! Dunham Technique Workshop Class
Guest Artist Saroya Corbett
Katherine Dunham is a dance pioneer and sustained one of the first Black dance companies to tour the world. Dunham was an anthropologist and focused her research mostly in dance anthropology of African diasporic culture. As Katherine Dunham explained, “Dunham Technique is a series of movement patterns, isolations, progressions, and exercises based on” Dunham’s research and her work as an artist, educator, and humanitarian.
SAROYA CORBETT is a certified Dunham Technique instructor and the chair of History and Theory for the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification. In 2014, her chapter, “Katherine Dunham’s Mark on Jazz” was published in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches, which focuses on Katherine Dunham’s contribution to the evolution of jazz dance. Saroya has a Masters in Fine Arts degree in Dance from Temple University and received her B.A. from Spelman College in economics. Currently, Saroya is a Ph.D. student at UCLA in the World Arts Cultures/Dance department.
Photograph Credit: Bree Gant