Martha Graham School

The Martha Graham School caters to a wide range of students, from professional dancers to those seeking their first dance experience. We’re the longest continuously operating school of dance in the United States and the only one primarily focused on the Martha Graham Technique and Repertory. Our classes are taught by faculty who have worked with Martha Graham and who are current or former members of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Students who have studied at the Martha Graham School have moved on to professional dance companies such as the Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Jose Limón Dance Company, the Buglisi Dance Theater, Rioult, and The Battery Dance Company as well as other companies throughout the world and on Broadway.

Martha Graham students and dancers represent a broad range of cultures and backgrounds, and they take this unique American art form around the world to teach and perform.

The Martha Graham School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.

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Our Mission

The Martha Graham School serves the art of dance, and in so doing serves its students, who range from those with career goals to those seeking only the joy of dancing. Today, the Martha Graham School focuses on sustaining the integrity of the unique art form developed by Martha Graham as well as adapting it to the demands of the present times and nurturing the process that continues its development. The School is devoted to training dancers and dance teachers to the highest standards and to provide dance to the community through Arts-in-Education and outreach programs. It remains a point of pride in the school whose alumni include great dancers and choreographers that someone with no dance experience can walk in, register, and begin to dance.

Courses of Study

We offer a broad selection of classes and programs in the Graham technique and repertory and provide opportunities to use Graham classics as a springboard for exploration and contemporary artistic expression. In addition to Graham-focused courses, we offer classes such as Pilates and classical ballet. More

Graham in the Schools

From long-term residencies to individual workshops and performances by Graham 2, we offer numerous programs for schools that are customized to meet the needs of different ages, schools, and classrooms. More

Graham 2

Graham 2, the Martha Graham School’s dance troupe, performs the Graham classic repertory, as well as other seminal classics and new works. Graham 2 is composed of as many as 12 advanced student dancers, who are selected by audition and supported by generous scholarships. More

Faculty + Staff

Our faculty at the Martha Graham School are experienced dance professionals. Most of our Graham teachers performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company and several danced with Martha Graham herself.
Visit our Faculty + Staff page to learn more.

Studio Rental

The state-of-the-art dance studios at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance are available for rental. More

Additional Resources

Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance Handbook
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Photo Credits: Maurizio Nardi, Katherine Crockett, Sam Pott, Xiaochuan Xie, and Tadej Brdnik in Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels. Photo by Michele Ballantini.