Nacho Duato commissioned to create a new work for the Graham Company

Acclaimed choreographer Nacho Duato will create a new work for the Martha Graham Dance Company in 2013.  Commissioned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a part of the Company’s Myth and Transformation program, the piece will feature music by Arvo Pärt and will premiere on the same program as Martha Graham’s newly reconstructed The Rite of Spring.  Wendy Whelan, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, will join the Graham Company as guest artist for these performances on April 26-27, 2013, which conclude the Carolina Performing Arts celebration “The Rite of Spring at 100.”

Read the Press Release from Carolina Performing Arts

Annual Scholarship Luncheon 10.11.12

The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance will hold its annual Scholarship Luncheon on October 11, 2012 at Scandinavia House. We will be honoring Board President Inger K. Witter for her outstanding dedication to the Martha Graham School.  Please contact Suzanne Flanagan at for tickets and more information. Click here for the reply card.

Young Artists Program Auditions September 8

The Young Artists Program of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance is open by audition to talented student dancers ages 13-17 of all backgrounds from public and private schools throughout the New York City region.  Students will receive comprehensive dance instruction in the Graham Technique, Ballet, Creative Workshops and performance opportunities.  Plus much more!

Click here for more information on the September 8th audition.


Registration is now open for Children’s classes and Full-Time programs

Children’s classes

Full Time Programs

Register now for the Children’s ProgramChildren from 6 to 9 and from 9 to 12 study in a creative way in a non competitive atmosphere where they will develop their imagination, body coordination, and musicality- all leading to higher self-esteem and increased body awareness. The program starts September 8th - Each Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30AM.

Children’s Program detailsClick to register.

Teens program details

Our full-time programs offer a rich array of classes including Repertory, Acting, Composition, Music, Anatomy, Dance History, Ballet, and of course the Martha Graham Technique taught by experienced  Graham performers.  The Martha Graham School is the only school focusing primarily on the Martha Graham Technique where students from all over the world come to study.

Program details and Application form

Summer Intensive is happening now

The Martha Graham School’s 2012 Summer Intensive began on Monday, June 25th. Classes are held in both our East 63rd Street former home and our new space at Westbeth. Please check the schedule to find out where your class will take place. We are thrilled to welcome so many wonderful students from all over the world to the School to study the Graham Technique.

2012 Summer Intensive Brochure

2012 Summer Intensive Schedule

Click here for a registration form.

Thank you to all who helped us reach our Kickstarter goal!

We would like to thank all of you for helping to save the Teens@Graham in-school partnership program with Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Harlem. The teaching artists, staff and students could not be happier! We cannot wait to start a new semester this fall. Check out our progress here! You made it happen, and we could not be more appreciative. We look forward to sending rewards to our backers!

Graham Company featured in The Bacchae and Prometheus Bound in Italy

Ten members of the Martha Graham Dance Company are featured in the casts of The Bacchae by Euripides and Prometheus Bound by Sophocles as part of Festival Internazionale del Teatro classico dei giovani in Siracusa, Italy. The classic Greek tragedies will be performed on alternating evenings from May 11 through June 30 in the ancient amphitheater where they would have been originally produced. The Graham style staging and choreography was created by Graham Company artistic director, Janet Eilber, in collaboration with Antonio Calenda, director of The Bacchae, and Claudio Longhi, director of Prometheus Bound. The staging also includes some quotes from classic Graham choreography. The premiere of each production inspired standing ovations from the over 8000 people in attendance.

The Bacchae
The cast of Euripides’ The Bacchae — including ten dancers of the Graham Company led by Blakeley White-McGuire — performing at the International Festival of Classic Greek Theater in Siracusa, Italy

Welcome to the new website

The new website was made possible by a grant from the Taproot Foundation. Thank you to the Taproot team for all of their dedication and hard work. The Martha Graham Center is thrilled to unveil a new look!

2012 New York Season received rave reviews

The Martha Graham Dance Company’s 2012 New York season featured world premieres by Lar Lubovitch and Yvonne Rainer as well as reconstructed Graham classics, from March 13-18. The multi-venue season continued with a one-night-only gala event at New York City Center as well as a simultaneous University Partners Showcase at The Joyce Theater.

New York Times
Gia Kourlas
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New York Times
Brian Siebert
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Wall Street Journal
Robert Greskovic
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New York Post
Leigh Witchel
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Dance Magazine
Susan Yung
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Photo Credits: Costas