Statement on Hurricane Sandy from our Leadership

“I run best on a muddy track.”
Martha Graham

All of us at the Martha Graham Center stand in solidarity with our friends who have felt the effects of Hurricane Sandy.  Here in our new Westbeth home in the West Village, we are surrounded by residents who lived without water, power or heat for nearly two weeks.  We know that this scene is replicated around the region as families cope with devastating loss.

The Martha Graham Dance Company took a direct hit.  Our historic collection of sets, costumes, and artifacts, gathered over eight decades and valued at $4 million, was immersed for six days when Sandy swept into our basement warehouse, blowing out doors and knocking down walls.  There were hundreds of costumes along with Isamu Noguchi sets for such masterpieces as Night Journey, Cave of the Heart, and Errand into the Maze stored in the basement.  Some of these costumes were seen on the stage only days before the storm landed.

Now we begin the massive task of rebuilding.  With help from volunteer conservators who have been on site to advise us, we are rescuing precious costumes designed and even in some cases worn by Martha.  From the original Noguchi sets for Clytemnestra to a hundred or so Panorama costumes created for our public high school partners, we are in the process of determining the best restoration plan for each piece in the collection.

This is a tremendous undertaking, but with the Graham community at our side, we are making remarkable progress.  We have established the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund for the Martha Graham Dance Company, and we invite you to join our efforts and to share our story.  With your help, we will reclaim, restore or recreate every object central to the Graham legacy and our future.

For their part, the dancers won’t miss a beat.  Inspired by Martha’s fierce determination, they are focused on upcoming performances in Italy, Michigan, North Carolina, and New York City.

With great hope for the future,


LaRue Allen                                                 Janet Eilber
Executive Director                                   Artistic Director

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

Photo Credits: Costas