Friday Film Break: "If Cities Could Dance" Highlights Katherine Dunham and East St. Louis

The latest episode of the award-winning KQED series "If Cities Could Dance" shines a spotlight on Katherine Dunham and her impact on East St. Louis, Illinois. Meet the dancers and teachers who carry on her legacy in the city where she settled—which is now home to the Katherine Dunham Center for Arts and Humanities and the Katherine Dunham Museum.

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Take 5 with Red Bull–Sponsored Dancer and Choreographer Inyoung “Dassy” Lee

Nothing about Inyoung "Dassy" Lee's career has been conventional. Growing up in South Korea, she began dancing by copying the movements she saw Korean singers doing on TV, and only started formal training in her teens. Yet by 2017, Lee's distinctive popping style was leading to work in competitions and music videos. She then became the first South Korean dancer featured on "So You Think You Can Dance," earning a spot in the Top 8 on Season 14—it was a full-circle moment to perform on the very show that had inspired her to move to the U.S.

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