ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) is 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. Studies culminate in a thesis-equivalent portfolio of student work completed over the two-year period. Taking advantage of the Martha Graham School’s connections with the Martha Graham Dance Company, experienced faculty, and the New York City dance community, the ASC provides robust training for advanced dancers who have completed a Bachelor’s degree, a Martha Graham School certificate program, and/or an equivalent certificate program from an accredited professional studio school. International students click here for information regarding the F-1 visa process and key deadlines.

The program prepares students for entry into the dance field as professional performers or choreographers, and includes a minimum of eight dance classes per week, including Martha Graham Technique, Ballet, and related dance and conditioning disciplines. Students must also participate in the Winter Intensive and enroll in either Repertory or Composition (depending on their concentration). Studies are supported by a monthly Colloquium with the School’s Program Directors to discuss the professional world of dance. Students partake in field trips to observe NYC-based professional company rehearsals, and reflect on their studies. All students are required to attend four professional performances of their choice each year, one of which must be the Martha Graham Dance Company. Using a combination of on-site training and real-world application, the ASC prepares students both in the studio and within the dance industry itself.

Students enter the ASC at the beginning of the Fall (September) semester.

WINTER INTENSIVE

The Martha Graham School Winter Intensive is a requirement for all full-time students enrolled in the Fall Semester. ASC students are required to take three weeks of Martha Graham Technique during the Intensive. Classes are held daily from 8:00-10:00am (Graham I + II) or 10:10am-12:10pm (Graham III + IV), depending on student levels.

Additionally, all ASC: Performance concentration students are required to take three weeks of Repertory:

  • Beginner/Intermediate or Advanced Repertory: Dedicated to the study of Graham’s classic choreography, the course offers students a deeper understanding of Graham’s expressive style as well as practice in valuable performance techniques.

ASC: Composition concentration students are required to take three weeks of Composition:

  • Beginner/Intermediate or Advanced Composition: This exploration of dance-making guides students in creating movement phrases, discovering their own artistic voice, and developing a personal ‘toolbox’ of choreographic techniques.

Transfer credits may be accepted for Composition upon review of a college/university or comparable post-secondary professional studio school transcript, which students submit as part of the registration procedure in August, prior to the start of the Year 1 Fall Semester, indicating at least three semesters of Composition or equivalent studies.

Students may additionally elect into the following courses:

  • Intermediate or Advanced Ballet: Training focuses on individual student abilities, and classes are structured to enhance and support the study of the Martha Graham Technique.
  • Intermediate or Advanced Contemporary: Classes build upon Graham Technique and encourage dancers to explore the connections between this classic approach and post-modern styles.

HOW TO APPLY

Performance Concentration Application Procedure

All prospective ASC: Performance Concentration students are required to submit an online application form.

To apply, visit Admissions and Auditions and complete “Step 1: Application”. Applicants are required to submit the following:

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

Materials should be submitted via email to Tami Alesson, Dean of Students, at talesson@marthagraham.org. A $50 Application Fee is required of all applicants.

After “Step 1: Application”, proceed to “Step 2: Audition”. All auditions for Fall 2020 are held online. After “Step 1” and Step 2” are finalized, Individualized Study track applications are complete. Graham 2 track applicants should proceed to “Step 3: Advanced Studies Certificate Applicants ONLY” to finish their applications.

Individualized track decisions are made on a rolling admissions basis from January – August; prospective students are notified within two weeks of receipt of completed application. Graham 2 track decisions are made within two weeks after the July 6 deadline.

Composition Concentration Application Procedure

All prospective ASC: Composition concentration students are required to submit an online application form.

To apply, visit Admissions and Auditions and complete “Step 1: Application”. Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Dance résumé
  • Headshot
  • Recent photograph of applicant in first arabesque on leg of choice (en relevé or flat)