Professional & Pre-Professional Programs
Students seeking advanced training in the Martha Graham Technique may choose from the following programs:
Intensive Programs: For students unable to attend the Martha Graham School year round or who wish to progress rapidly in the Martha Graham Technique. The Winter and Summer Intensives for adults offer dancers a rigorous program in Martha Graham Technique, Repertory, and Dance Composition.
Independent Program: Designed for students at all levels who wish to engage in a rigorous study in the Martha Graham Technique. Students are accepted into the Independent Program on the basis of teacher recommendation, personal essay and/or demonstration of commitment.
Professional Training Program: Developed for students seeking a career in dance. This two-year, full-time, 60-credit program offers in-depth studies at professional standards, including Acting, Anatomy, History, Martha Graham Technique, Repertory, Composition, Music, and Performance.
Third-Year Post-Certificate Program: For students seeking advanced studies after completing the Professional Training Program. This program focuses on the next level of study of Technique, Repertory, Composition, Performance, and Individual Projects.
Teacher Training Program: For advanced/professional-level students wishing to pursue a career in dance education. This one-year, full-time, 30-credit program addresses teaching approaches and methodology in the first semester, while the second semester focuses on teaching practices.
International Students: The Martha Graham School is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. More information…
Information for Full-Time Students:
Kids & Teens
The following programs are available for children and teenagers with a desire to study dance.
Teens@Graham: The umbrella for the Martha Graham School’s education and outreach program. Teens@Graham offers 13- to 18-year-old aspiring dancers in the New York City area the opportunity to study the Graham Technique. The All-City Panorama Audition will be held on December 10 and December 14. More info: Panorama Audition 2013
Young Artists Program: Open by audition to talented student dancers in New York City area schools. This full-year program offers students comprehensive dance instruction in Martha Graham Technique, and Ballet and Creative Workshops. Students also attend Martha Graham Company open rehearsals and participate in an exciting program of cultural events.
School Partnership Program: Offers middle schools and high school in New York City the opportunity to enhance their modern dance curriculum with the Martha Graham Technique and integrate Graham into their curriculum in compliance with common core standards, the New York State Learn Standards for the Art and the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning the Arts. More
Teens Summer Intensive: For teenagers unable to attend the Martha Graham School year round or who wish to progress rapidly in the Martha Graham Technique. This four-week program offers dancers a rigorous program in Martha Graham Technique, Repertory, Ballet, and Dance Composition
Boys and Girls: Through our classes for children and pre-teens, students gain preliminary exposure to the Martha Graham Technique.
Children from 4 – 6 learn the basics of dance movements in a fun and creative atmosphere. While learning how to dance in collectivity, they will develop a sense of space, concentration, body awareness, coordination, and musicality. Each end of session will conclude with a studio showing for family and friends.
Children from 7–9 discover the basic elements of the Martha Graham Technique as they explore ways in which the body responds to and expresses emotions. They will develop their imaginations, body coordination, and musicality, all leading to higher self-esteem and increasing body awareness. A nurturing atmosphere encourages children to stretch their imaginations as they develop basic movement skills. Each end of session will conclude with a studio showing for family and friends.
Children from 10–12 are formally introduced to basic Martha Graham vocabulary, including physical “contraction and release”, use of spiral, and shift of weight. Learning about the relationship of Martha Graham Technique to other art forms such as music, art, and literature helps students experience the power of dance and the process of creative collaboration. Children create their own short dance studies and perform them for their peers. Each end of session will conclude with a studio showing for family and friends.