The Martha Graham School provides teen dancers the opportunity to advance their dance training while expanding their understanding of dance and all the arts.

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

The Young Artists Program is led by Teens@Graham Program Directors Maxwell Louis Waterman and Amélie Bénard. Participation is open to all dancers ages 13 – 18.

Both in-person and virtual training options available!

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Registration for our 2022 Spring Semester (January 22 – May 14) is now open! Register by Wednesday, January 12!

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COVID Reopening Announcement

We are delighted to announce our return to studios! All Teens@Graham classes take place at the locations below.

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TEENS@GRAHAM VIRTUAL SATURDAYS

Can’t join us in person? Not to worry! Teens@Graham Virtual Saturdays are for dancers who wish to develop their dance training but are unable to join us in our studios. Price per semester: $575

SCHEDULE:
11:00-12:30 EST / Graham Technique
12:30-12:45 EST / Break
12:45-1:45 EST / Graham Repertory

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Teen Artists Division

The mission of the Teen Artists Division is to enrich and enhance the pre-professional dancer’s humanity and artistry. With respect to each dancer’s cultural background and life’s experiences, the Teen Artists Division uses the Graham Technique as a foundation to hone the teen’s personal and creative exploration. Through Repertory and Creative Workshop courses, teens learn the craft of choreography, develop their individual artistic voices, and create their unique movement signature and vocabulary.

Teen Training Division

The Teen Training Division provides strong technical training for teens. Classes are offered in Graham Technique and Ballet with the objective of generating a high caliber of physical rigor, technique, and performance.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Ballet

Classes are structured to correlate with the Graham Technique. With respect to their own physical structure and range of motion, students focus on alignment, shift of weight, and the use of breath (emanating from the torso) to discover and explore the visceral possibilities of Ballet vocabulary.

Graham Technique

The Martha Graham Technique is based on the core power of Graham’s signature contraction and release. With respect to their own physical structure and range of motion, students will learn how to use the technique to enhance their strength, stamina, and self-expression, as well as enrich their artistry in many genres of dance. Saturday classes are divided into Levels I and II, which affords the students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of the technique and/or advance their practice.

Graham Repertory

Students enhance the depth of their technical ability and performance in this introduction to Graham’s classic choreography. With respect to their own physical structure and range of motion, students will perform excerpts of renowned works, where they will gain a deeper understanding of the connection between Graham’s emotional and movement vocabulary.

Creative Workshop

A laboratory for student innovation, Creative Workshop guides students in creating their own movement phrases, honing their artistic voice, and developing a personal toolbox of choreographic techniques.

Zone of Consciousness

Zone of Consciousness designs a revolutionary space for dancers to be critical, conscious thought leaders. It supports dance education as a space for humanity where the dancer is encouraged to enrich their own emotional intelligence, in order to make sense of their surrounding environment. This course uses The Elevated Conscious Curriculum (For Dancers) © 2020 by Maxwell Louis Waterman.

GUEST ARTIST SERIES

New to Spring 2022, we are excited to announce a new class – the Guest Artists Series! Offered on a rotating Monday schedule, these two-hour classes introduce students to a broad palette of techniques and genres to broaden their educational experience and dance training.

Vogue

with Cesar Valentino
Students will learn the fundamentals of traditional Vogue dancing, classic runway, posing and current Vogue trends with special attention paid to the dances rich history. Classes begin with a contemporary jazz warmup and will target core muscle strength with a focus on the grace and precision of the technique. Cesar Valentino brings his unique experience as Master Voguer to his class with the goal of building confidence, strength, posture and body positivity in a celebratory environment. Whether an experienced dancer or absolute beginner, the class is open to all levels and has something for everyone. Students are encouraged to bring high heels but it is not mandatory. Jan 24 + 31, Feb 7

Contemporary

with Shawn Rawls and Yoshito Sakuraba
Class begins quickly with a lead warmup intended to engage the core and sense of periphery. A structured improvisation will lead into first contact with other dancers and progressing into a contact improvisation task. The majority of the class will then be spent creating and executing dual phrase work focusing on connection, fluidity, and innovation, as well as collaboration between dancers. This will culminate in a long and detailed phrase to tease out and explore the depths of performative dynamics between partners. Feb 14 + 28, Mar 7

West African

with Kenya Joy Gibson
Ms. Gibson fuses classical ballet and modern with the polyrhythmic movements of West African Dance. Her work is inspired by history and tradition through art, music, spoken word, community, and human spirituality. The foundation of the class is in African American Studies and culture. Ms. Gibson’s choreography archives the legacies through movement and storytelling. As an advocate for equity for black and brown dancers and black and brown people, she is committed to cultivating new methods of reclaiming and retaining the legacy of the African Diaspora. Mar 14, 21, 28

Horton

with Maxwell Louis Waterman
Horton Technique (developed by Lester Horton) emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to dance that includes flexibility, strength, coordination and body and spatial awareness to enable unrestricted, dramatic freedom of expression. It can enhance a Graham dancer’s strength level and spatial awareness. Apr 4, 11, 25

Dancehall Cyaa Stall

with Ricardo Barrett and Naala Nesbeth
This class focuses on the roots of reggae and dancehall movement, and showcasing each person’s individual energetic dynamics. Dancehall especially focuses on calling forth one’s own unique vibe and energetic pattern, becoming comfortable with that and turning it up to 10 in order to share that with everyone in the room. Bold, vibrant, and fast yet controlled movement are some of the things that can be expected from this powerful class. May 2 + 9