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 Director 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 Fall Semester (September 10 – December 19) is now open! Register by Saturday, August 27!

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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.

New Work

Description coming soon!

GUEST ARTIST SERIES

Offered on a rotating Monday schedule, the Guest Artist Series introduces students to a broad palette of techniques and genres to broaden their educational experience and dance training.

Salsa

with Yvonne Gutierrez
Gutierrez’ choreographic workshops feature the techniques of salsa and flamenco and various dance genres of Latin folklore/African influence. Her goal is to share and give access to students on the diverse, rich, contemporary, and ever-evolving dance forms. In the salsa class, she will introduce Latin rhythms deeply rooted in the Caribbean. Students will learn the importance of the basic step with other shines (steps) and their relationship to the music. Learn why counts are incorporated and essential to learning how to dance salsa on2. It’s a dance experience for those interested in moving to a culture of dance whether it’s salsa or flamenco. Sept 12, 19, 26

Jazz

with Rosetta Fair
This jazz class series emphasizes strong placement, coordination, musicality, and artistic quality while building/enhancing classical jazz dance vocabulary. Dancers will use their technique and individual expression to seamlessly connect and attack movement initiated from their centers. Oct 3, 17, 24

Horton

with Malcolm McMichael
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. Oct 31, Nov 7, 14

Contemporary

with 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. Nov 21, 28, Dec 5

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. Dec 12 + 19

IN-PERSON CLASS SCHEDULE

Fall Semester 2022
September 10 – December 19, 2022
Monday 5:00-6:30pm Guest Artist Series
Wednesday 5:15pm-6:45pm Open Level Ballet
6:50pm-8:20pm Open Level Graham Technique
Saturday 9:00am-10:30am Open Level Ballet
10:35am-12:05pm Level I and II Graham Technique
12:05pm-12:30pm Lunch Break
12:30pm-1:25pm New Work
1:30pm-2:30pm Graham Repertory
2:35pm-3:35pm Creative Workshop

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