Katherine Dunham is probably best known as a legendary dancer who propelled the awareness of the cultures of the African Diaspora through her choreography. Dunham was a true renaissance woman. She was an artist, anthropologist, author, activist, manager, movie star, producer, educator, wife, mother and so much more. She created the Katherine Dunham technique which is codified. The technique involved breathing exercises and building stamina and core strength. The torso is the center of the Dunham Technique as the isolations are completely different from ballet. Having a strong core helps with the articulations and undulations to the percussive rhythms. The technique expands to full body movements from Dunham walks to prances, turns, and jumps. These movements are grounded and rhythmic. Dr. Albirda Rose, Director of the Dunham Technique Certification Board, encourages her students to “ think of themselves as African queens carrying something on their heads that must not be dropped,” so that they will always keep their heads high.