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Film, Video Dunham Technique: "Congo Paillette"

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  • Dunham Technique: "Congo Paillette"


  • -  Congo Paillette
  • -  Dunham Technique
  • -  Ballet dancing -- Study and teaching
  • -  Dunham, Katherine -- Teachings


  • -  In 2002, with funds from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Library of Congress undertook the documentation of Katherine Dunham’s dance technique. Included in this website are clips on breathing; contractions; fall and recovery; pull-through contraction or full body roll; second position plié with footwork; second position plié with parallel stretch in fourth position; second position plié with contraction and release variations; advanced second position leg lift; leg swings with single circle; leg swings with two circles; twelve-count leg swings; progressions including the Dunham walk—slow; Dunham walk—single step; Dunham walk—double step or triplets; fourth position contractions; rocking horse; and rocking horse with ronde de jambe; and progressions based on Haitian traditional dances including yonvalou, Congo Paillette, and mahi. (Content)
  • -  Rachel Tavernier, teacher; with Dara Adler, Corey Baker, Yasmine Lee, and Nicole Chantal de Weever. Gaston”Bonga” Jean-Baptiste, drummer. Recorded in New York in May 2003. (performers)
  • -  Vicky Risner, Executive Producer; Terry Carter, Producer/Director; Beate Glatved, Assistant to the Producer; Thomas Hurwitz, Director of Photography with funds from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to the Library of Congress for the documentation of Katherine Dunham’s dance technique. (funding)
  • -  WebEdit 3.7.04 (videorecording identifier)

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