Mission and History2017-10-03T12:57:27+00:00

Mission

The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance continues in its founder’s spirit of innovation by offering world-class training in Martha Graham Technique and repertory as a foundation for excellence and engagement in the evolving art form of modern dance. Though offerings in complementary traditions, the School provides experiences that expand students’ horizons and prepares today’s dancers for the variety of opportunities they may pursue. Its studio and outreach programs promote physical strength, artistic expression, and intellectual exploration.

History

Revered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th -century, Martha Graham created a movement language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. In 1926, Graham began teaching a group of dancers drawn to her creative work, which led to the establishment of the Martha Graham School.

In 1980, the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) formed, bringing official accreditation to dance institutions. NASD adopted Graham’s term “Professional Studio School” to denote the independent dance studios that teach to professional standards.

Alumni of the Martha Graham School join the ranks of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Jose Limón Dance Company, the Buglisi Dance Theater, Rioult Dance, the Battery Dance Company, Broadway, and many other companies throughout the world.