Dora Dean

  • Known for performing the cakewalk with partner Charles Johnson in the all black musical “The Creole Show” in New York
  • Born in Kentucky around 1872.
  • She was so good at the cakewalk that she booked solo engagements at vaudeville theaters in New York.
  • First black performer to wear thousand dollar costumes.
  • Toured Europe
  • Performed and produced the shows:
    • Dore Dean & Co
    • Dore Dean and Her Phantoms
  • Retired in the 1920s.
  • Died December 13, 1949.

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photos from

https://repository.library.brown.edu/studio/item/bdr:17816/

https://flickr.com/photos/147039490@N04/31182259313/

 

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