College and University Productions

More than 100 colleges and universities have staged reconstructions of Martha Graham’s renowned choreography. Student productions, which can be geared to beginning, intermediate and advanced dancers, couple classroom studies in the Martha Graham Technique with performances of her revolutionary choreography. This unique opportunity for students allows them to gain deeper understanding of Graham’s pioneering movement vocabulary by experiencing its world-renowned expressive power on stage.

Martha Graham Masterworks Available for Student Productions
Full Production Package
Educational Showcase License
University Partners Showcase

Licensing by Higher Education Institutions
Many of the Graham classics are available for licensing by universities and schools.

“I cannot tell you what a transformational experience it was for my students to feel the power of the Graham Technique in their bodies, and to feel its spirit in their soul thanks to your miraculous teaching and mentoring.”
– Susan Haines, Western Washington University


Illinois State University
Our recent university partners include:

Adelphi University
Barnard College
Belhaven University
Brigham Young University
Bryn Mawr College
Dean College
École Superieure, Paris
Escola de Danca, Sao Paulo
Franklin and Marshall College
George Mason University
Grand Valley State University
Hofstra University
Illinois State University
Indiana University
Juilliard School
Laban School, London
Miami Dade College
Montclair State University
National School of Dance, Athens
New Orleans Ballet Association
New Ballet Ensemble School
New World School of the Arts
Oklahoma University
Paris National Conservatory
Point Park University
Pomona College
Rambert School, London
Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance
Sarah Lawrence College
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
Taipei University of the Arts, Taiwan
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
University of Arizona
University of Hartford
University of New Mexico
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina – Charlotte
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
University of Oklahoma
University of Utah
University of Washington
Western Washington University

Martha Graham Masterworks Available for Student Productions

Steps in the Street (1936) is a powerful statement about the individual against tyrannical forces; 12 women (has been performed with 24), score by Wallingford Riegger. For intermediate and advanced students, some prior Graham training required.
Panorama (1935) uses numbers and geometric design to drive home Graham’s intense socio-political themes; 30–35 dancers, may be co-ed, score by Norman Lloyd. An excellent Graham introduction for intermediate dancers.
Diversion of Angels (1948) is a lyrical, ecstatic essay on love; 4 men, 7 women, score by Norman Dello Joio. A wonderful challenge for professional track students who have studied some Graham technique.
Celebration (1934) a minimalist study of joy, is a classic and vigorous example of Graham’s formative years; 12–15 women (may be a co-ed cast), score by Louis Horst. Appropriate for intermediate or advanced dancers.
“Helios – Ritual to the Sun” (1981) the final section of Acts of Light, is an ode to the Graham classroom technique and celebrates the dancer as an exquisite instrument of expression.
University of New Mexico
Other works available for student productions: Heretic, Primitive Mysteries, Temptations of the Moon, Lamentation, Dark Meadow Suite, Prelude to Action and Satyric Festival Song. Excerpts are also available from Appalachian Spring, Night Journey, Clytemnestra and El Penitente.

For more information, contact Resources at

Full Production Package

University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Using our network of Graham Master Teachers, Martha Graham Licensing and Resources offers packages that ensure reconstructions and performances of the highest artistic quality and authenticity.

Fees for Performance Licenses for Student Productions depend on the dance requested.

The mission of the Licensing Department is to facilitate student reconstructions and make sure they are affordable.

Artistic support for each production includes:

  • A Graham Master Teacher (if your faculty does not include a Graham artist)
  • A Martha Graham Tool Kit ® (rehearsal videos, rehearsal audio, staging notes, reviews, historic background)
  • Rental costumes from the original Martha Graham designs
  • An authentic lighting and technical consultation
  • Performance quality audio
  • Contact information for obtaining music rights
  • Original program notes and credits
  • Dramatic archival photos, publications and educational materials
  • Collaboration on interdepartmental curriculum (music, visual arts, education, theater, history departments)
  • Martha Graham T-shirts are available for schools to purchase in groups of 25, 50, or more for resale on campus. Contact us for more information about this popular fundraising idea.

For more information, contact Resources at

Educational Showing License

Educational Showing License is for a studio showing which is the culmination event for a Graham repertory workshop. These showings do not use costumes, theatrical lighting, or live music. The Educational Showing License includes basic reconstruction materials and is granted to an experienced Graham regisseur at a reduced rate.

For more information, contact Resources at

University Partners Showcase

Planning is underway for our Third University Partners Showcase. As part of the Martha Graham Dance Company’s 2015 New York Season, students from select national dance training programs will come to New York City to perform at The Joyce Theater. Student dancers will perform Graham classics in conjunction with the company’s Shape and Design season. Past UPS performances have sold-out!

For more information, contact Resources at


Did you know that colleges and universities may participate in University Partners Showcase? Find out more here!