Eleone Dance Theatre is dedicated to the preservation and creation of historical and contemporary theater dance. The company has a diverse repertoire of works that span the contemporary modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African, and hip-hop genres. This award supported the research, development, and training to acquire and present Americana, choreographed by Katherine Dunham. Dunham (1909 –2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company for nearly 30 years and over her career choreographed more than 90 dances. Ruby Streate and Glory Van Scott, both former Dunham company dancers worked with Eleone dancers to oversee the project.