(February 24, 1953 - November 28, 2019)
FROM IABD: Our heartfelt condolences are extended to his family, friends and the Dunham Dance village. We are praying for many in the IABD community who knew and worked with Theo for many, many years. He was well loved, treasured, honored and respected.
May all of the sweet memories of Theo bring you solace at this time. We will all miss him greatly. Theo was a staple in the IABD family and his legacy will live on through all he touched in the dance community. Another Ancestor amongst us...
We will provide more information for his Homegoing celebration as it becomes available.
THEODORE H. JAMISON
(February 24,1953 - November 28, 2019)
Theodore H. Jamison (‘Theo’) was the program director for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville East St. Louis Center for the Performing Arts, formerly known as the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts. Theo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Theater and Fine Arts/Dance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and was certified by Katherine Dunham to teach the Dunham Technique. He also served as Dunham’s demonstrator for more than 15 years. Theo was trained by original members of the Katherine Dunham Dance Company, Lucille Ellis, Tommy Gomez, Archie Savage, Lenwood Morris, Pearl Reynolds, Vanoye Aikens, Wilburt Bradley, Norman Davis and Lavinia Williams.
His honors include the Outstanding Young Men of America, Outstanding Achievement Award (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.) and Credos Artist Award-Mexico, D.F. Theo choreographed and performed with Les Ballet Bacolou in Petionville, Haiti; Eugene Joseph Dance Company Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; and Joyce Ballet of Sao Paulo, Brasil. Theo served as a guest artist for the following: Darlene Blackburn Dance Company, Joseph Holmes Dance Company and Muntu in Chicago, IL; Uhuru Dance Company in Nashville, TN; American College Dance Festival; Katherine Dunham Seminar in East St. Louis, MO; Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, CO; Philadanco in Philadelphia, PA; Lula Washington Dance Company in Los Angeles, CA; Fundisha Dance Company in St. Louis, MO; Colorado Springs University Fine Arts Program, Tennessee State University Theater Program, Lincoln University Dance Troupe in Jefferson City and the Contemporary Dance In America Black-Influence and Expressions Conference in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
Theo taught and performed at The International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival in Washington, D.C. He was also guest artist at Carnegie Hall in New York for the Katherine Dunham Gala and Faces of Love Gitano Productions and the St. Louis Municipal Opera. He performed at the St. Louis Black Repertory Company as a singer, dancer, choreographer and actor and has performed and choreographed at an International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria. He also performed and choreographed for television in Mexico City, Mexico and performed the one-man show, “Black Songs and Dances of America” in Vienna, Australia.
He gave thanks to his father Jeremiah Brunell Jamison, Sr. and his mother Mary Katherine Smith-Jamison for their never-ending support and to God for the blessing of talent bestowed upon him.
Rest in Peace, Rest in Power.
*Courtesy of the Institute for Dunham Technique Certification