ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong desire to perform Graham repertory
  • Advanced Ballet and/or Contemporary Technique
  • Must be enrolled in the Advanced Studies Certificate Program
  • Must complete Online Audition requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years old at time of enrollment
  • Intermediate Graham Technique™ (Graham II or higher)
  • Intermediate Ballet Technique
  • Application and Audition required
  • Pre-requisites: Graduate of Graham School Two-Year Certificate Program and/or University Degree with a notable dance program or Dance Conservatory Degree or Certificate
  • Advanced Graham Technique™ (Graham III or higher, per discretion of Program Director)
  • Intermediate Ballet Technique
  • Application and Audition required
  • Pre-requisite: University Degree with a notable dance program or Dance Conservatory Degree or Certificate
  • Pre-requisite: Completed one Martha Graham School Winter Intensive or three-week Summer Intensive (Graham Technique™ + Advanced Repertory + Advanced Composition)
  • Advanced Graham Technique™ (Graham III or higher, per discretion of Program Director)
  • Intermediate/Advanced Ballet Technique
  • Application and Audition required
  • Basic to intermediate Ballet Technique
  • Application required
  • No audition required

STEP 1: APPLICATION

Required Applications for ALL programs must include:

    • Completed Application Form
    • Dance résumé
    • Headshot
    • Photograph of applicant in first arabesque on leg of choice (en relevé or flat). Applicants must also include sign in photo reading “Martha Graham School Application” and the date.
    • 500-word personal statement explaining your desire to study at the Martha Graham School
    • One letter of recommendation
    • $50 Application Fee

Ready to submit your application? Email all application materials to talesson@marthagraham.org.

STEP 2: AUDITION

Auditions for the 2020 Fall Semester programs and Graham 2 will be conducted online.

Online Audition Deadlines:

  • Monday, July 6: Applications due for international students (all programs)
  • Monday, July 6: Advanced Studies Certificate: Graham 2 Track applications due (international and American students)
  • Friday, August 14: All other program applications due (American students)

Note that international students must complete their applications for any and all programs by July 6 to ensure timely processing of their visa materials.

ONLINE AUDITION

Online auditions should include three video recordings.

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. If you upload your videos as private, you must send us the passwords for viewing.

Online Audition NOT required for Independent Program applicants.

1. Martha Graham Technique™ Floor Work Demonstration

Begin with a short technical demonstration of Graham’s floor work. Each submission must include:

  • Breathing
  • 3’s and 6’s with Opening of the leg variation
  • Deep stretches
  • Turns around the back (4th position)

The exercises can be short. This section does not need to be more than 5-6 minutes in length.

2. Martha Graham Technique™ Program Combination

Prepare and upload a clear video of the appropriate combination for the program for which you are auditioning. Post videos to YouTube or Vimeo. If you upload them as private, you must send us the password for viewing.

3. 60-90 second solo in a genre of your choice

Prepare a short solo and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo. If you upload your videos as private, you must send us the passwords for viewing.

To submit your online audition, email video links and passwords to talesson@marthagraham.org

STEP 3: ADVANCED STUDIES CERTIFICATE APPLICANTS ONLY

Composition Concentration

Submit two samples of your choreography. Each excerpt must be a minimum of 2 minutes and a maximum of 6 minutes in length. You may submit solos, duet/trios, and/or group works that best represent your choreographic style and approach.

Performance Concentration / Graham 2 Track

In addition to the program application requirements above, all students interested in Graham 2, must submit the following to talesson@marthagraham.org:

Performance Excerpt

Video excerpts (2.5 – 3 minutes each) of the applicant in live performance. Samples may be from solos, duet/trios, or groups. Applicants must indicate their placement in the excerpt.

Graham Repertory Excerpts

Review the video in this section. Applicants should film themselves performing the material as follows:

  • Men: Acts of Light excerpts (2:22 – 6:27) solo from Dark Meadow (7:53 – 9:11)
  • Women: Acts of Light excerpts (0:08 – 3:44) Solo from Dark Meadow (6:28 – 7:48)

DEADLINE: July 6

Applicants selected to advance to the next stage will be required to attend an interview via Zoom with the Graham 2 Director.

Callback Zoom interviews will be the week of July 6 for all applicants.

PHOTOS: Ludivine Mascali; Yui Shimamura by Melissa Sherwood.