ABOUT THE SCHOOL

The Martha Graham School is the oldest professional school of dance in the United States and the only one primarily focused on the Martha Graham Technique and repertory.  Classes are taught by faculty who are current or former members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and who trained with Martha Graham herself or with her first-generation acolytes.

Students studying at the Martha Graham School have moved on to professional dance careers with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Jose Limón Dance Company, the Buglisi Dance Theatre, Rioult, and Battery Dance Company, as well as on Broadway and with other companies throughout the world.

WINTER INTENSIVE

December 27 – January 14

A rigorous program in Graham Technique, Ballet, Contemporary, Graham Repertory, and Composition with a special Graham Technique for Teachers class. Attend in-person or virtually!

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GRAHAM TECHNIQUE CLASS FOR TEACHERS

December 20 – 24

Offered in-person and online via Zoom, this class is designed to help instructors prepare for the Intensive Graham Teacher Workshop (January 24 – February 4).

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MODERN CLASSICS SERIES

December 27 – January 14

A sequence of weekly master classes celebrating early class modern dance form creators, including José Limón, Lester Horton, and Merce Cunningham, in addition to Martha Graham.

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FULL-TIME PROGRAMS

Full-time programs are offered for intermediate and advanced pre-professional students seeking excellent training in the Martha Graham Technique and repertory along with theory, pedagogy and related disciplines.

Developed for students seeking a career in dance.
This two-year, full-time program offers in-depth studies at professional standards, including Martha Graham Technique, acting, anatomy, history, repertory, composition, music, and performance.

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For advanced students on the cusp of a professional career.
A two-year, full-time certificate program focusing on on-site training and real-world application. Students declare a concentration in one of two key disciplines: Performance or Composition.

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For advanced/professional-level students wishing to pursue a career in dance education.
This one-year, full-time program addresses teaching approaches and methodology in the first semester, and teaching practices in the second semester.

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Designed for students at all levels who wish to engage in a rigorous study in Graham Technique.
Students are accepted into the Independent Program on the basis of teacher recommendation, personal essay, and/or demonstration of commitment.

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TEENS@GRAHAM

The Martha Graham School’s leading educational outreach program, Teens@Graham, offers aspiring dancers ages 13-18 the opportunity to improve vocational skills and academic performance through study of the Graham Technique, composition, and repertory.

The mission of the conservatory-based Young Artists Program is to further teens’ development as artists using the Graham Technique and repertory as a foundation for study.

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Our year-round Pre-Teens@Graham Program for dancers ages 10–12 is a specially crafted dance-training program targeting pre-teen dance development.

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Our Winter and Summer Intensive Programs are designed to help students strengthen their dance and academic performance through study of the Graham Technique™, Ballet, Contemporary, Composition, and Repertory.

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The All-City Panorama project provides public school students ages 13-18 from all five boroughs the opportunity to perform Martha Graham’s seminal work, Panorama.

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Offers middle and high schools in New York City the opportunity to enhance their modern dance programming with the Graham Technique and to integrate Graham into curricula.

GRAHAM TECHNIQUE VIDEO

This comprehensive video guides you through the essential elements of Beginning Level Graham Technique® including the contraction, release, spiral, and other basic exercises – all demonstrated by members of the Graham Company. Directed by Miki Orihara and Susan Kikuchi, the video also includes bonus interviews with many former Graham artists!

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In the tradition of its founder, the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance remains committed to being a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist organization, and will honor this pledge through its ongoing practices, policies and behaviors.

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PHOTOS: (top) Diane Auriol by Melissa Sherwood; Martha Graham School dancers by Yejin Lee, Melissa Sherwood, and Brigid Pierce.