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 oldest dance school 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.

2016-2017 Academic Calendar


The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance continues in its founder’s spirit of innovation by offering world-class training in Martha Graham Technique and repertory as a foundation for excellence and engagement in the evolving art form of modern dance. Through offerings in complementary traditions, the School provides experiences that expand students’ horizons and prepares today’s dancers for the variety of opportunities they may pursue. Its studio and outreach programs promote physical strength, artistic expression, and intellectual exploration.


Revered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th-century, Martha Graham created a movement language based upon the expressive capacity of the human body. In 1926, Graham began teaching a group of dancers drawn to her creative work, which led to the establishment of the Martha Graham School. In 1980, the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) formed, bringing official accreditation to dance institutions. NASD adopted Graham’s term “Professional Studio School” to denote the independent dance studios that teach to professional standards. Alumni of the Martha Graham School join the ranks of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Jose Limón Dance Company, the Buglisi Dance Theater, Rioult, The Battery Dance Company, Broadway, and many other companies throughout the world.

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.

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

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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.