One of the most enriching Teens@Graham programs is the citywide dance experiment, All-City Panorama.

Conceived in 2010 by Janet Eilber, Joan Finkelstein, and Tami Alesson, and with ongoing support from the NYC Department of Education, 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.


Choreographed in 1935, Panorama was Graham’s political call to action and her attempt to awaken social consciousness and is a stunning example of 1930s modernism. Approximately 30 students are selected through auditions to learn the original choreography through weekly sessions to perform alongside the Martha Graham Dance Company at its New York City season. Students also engage in stimulating classroom workshops to learn the historical themes and artistic context of Panorama. The project is a special opportunity for talented students to experience performing in a professional setting with some of the finest dancers in the world.

At 11 minutes in length, Panorama is defined by highly energized movement and shifting geometric patterns created by groups of dancers rushing through space. Graham originally created the work for students; the movement is very accessible and appropriate for intermediate and advanced students – even for those without prior Graham Technique. The dance is energetic and filled with traveling steps such as rhythmic walks, prances, low runs, and many different types of jumps. Students use these steps in complicated group patterns, fast exits, and entrances. They learn to coordinate with the shifting counts of music and offers exciting connections to the NY Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and Common Core State Standards.


For further information please contact Tami Alesson, Dean of Student and Government Affairs, at 212.229.9200 ext. 28 or email

PHOTOS: Teens@Graham dancers by Melissa Sherwood.