Chicago – 1969 to 1971

I met Shirley Genther soon after returning from India. She served as Program Director in the pioneering Arts-in-Education organization Urban Gateways, which booked performing artists into inner-city Chicago public schools. After I demonstrated Kathak footwork and storytelling, Ms. Genther decided to pair me with an African-American dancer, Darlene Blackburn, and her drummer Brother Harold. Ms. Genther titled our program “Dances of the Earth”, because Darlene and I both danced barefoot.

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