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Summer Intensive at the NEW Martha Graham Dance Center at Westbeth ( formerly Merce Cunningham Studios)

Summer Intensive at the NEW Martha Graham Dance Center at Westbeth ( formerly Merce Cunningham Studios)


Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:00pm

Be a part of the exciting first
Summer Intensive at our new location!
The New Martha Graham Center at Westbeth
55 Bethune Street (formerly Merce Cunningham Studios)
New York, NY 10014

June 25 - August 3, 2012

The Summer Intensive offers dancers a rigorous program in Martha Graham Technique, Martha Graham Repertory, and Dance Composition. The course is specifically designed for students and professionals who are unable to attend the Martha Graham School year-round or who wish to progress rapidly in the Martha Graham Technique. The course concludes with Studio Showings by Intensive students.

Students may enroll for the entire program or for individual weeks, depending upon class requirements. Please check weekly schedule for any changes to times or locations.

Martha Graham Technique
In developing her technique, Martha Graham experimented with basic human movement, beginning with the most elemental movements of contraction and release. Using these principles as the foundation for her technique, she built a vocabulary of movement that would "increase the emotional activity of the dancer's body."

Level 1 M-F 9:00-11:00
For students who wish to learn the basics of the Martha Graham Technique and accelerate rapidly

Level 2 M-F 11:00-1:00
For students with strong elementary background in Martha Graham Technique who wish to accelerate rapidly

Level 3* M-F 8:30-10:30
For students with a strong Intermediate background in Martha Graham Technique who wish to increase facility

Level 4* M-F 10:30-12:30
For students and professionals with extensive experience in Martha Graham Technique who wish to deepen physical mastery

All Students will be evaluated during the first two days to ensure appropriate class placement.
*Attendance in this level requires prior approval

Repertory Workshops
Martha Graham's ballets were inspired by a wide variety of sources, including modern painting, the American frontier, religious ceremonies of Native Americans, and Greek mythology.

June 25-July 13 &
July 16-August 3

Beg./Int. M, T, Th 1:30-3:00
Adv.* T, W, Th 1:30-3:00
Men's Rep.
(June 25-July13)
T, Th 4:00-5:30, W 4:30-6:00
Partnering (July 16-August 3)
T, Th 4:00-5:30, W 4:30-6:00

Note: Martha Graham Technique class is required
for all repertory students. Repertory must be attended for the full three weeks.
*Attendance in this level requires prior approval

Intensive Lecture Series
With distinguished Company Alumni

July 9 at 5:30 - Patricia Birch
July 27 at 4:00 - Joyce Herring


Students explore the fundamentals of dance
creation through various exercises.
M 4:00-5:30, W 3:00-4:30, F 2:30-4:00

Note: Composition must be attended for the full three weeks.

Composition may be taken without technique or repertory. Please arrive ten minutes early to warm-up.

Open Classes

M, W 6:30 - 8:00 Level 1 and 2
T, Th 5:30 - 7:00 Level 3 and 4 (focusing on performance quality)

Offering Cunningham Technique Classes taught by Robert Winston and Melissa Toogood:

Melissa Toogood
Thursday 7/19
Thursday 8/2

Robert Winston
Tuesday 7/24
Thursday 7/26
Tuesday 7/31

Ballet Technique

Beginner/Int. M 2:30-4:00
Int./Adv. F 1:00-2:30

Click here for full schedule.

To Register:
Click here to download the registration form
and fax to Olga Alagiozidou at
(212) 838 838 0339

Audition Date for Professional Programs and Graham II
11:00 - 12:30 Level 1 and 2
1:00-2:30 Level 3 and 4
Graham II Audition 2:30-4:00

A full-time program for student dancers at all levels who wish to engage in a rigorous course of study in the Martha Graham Technique. Students may enter the Independent Program to prepare for acceptance into the Professional Training Program. Students enroll per semester and may remain in the program for up to two years.

A two-year, full-time program leading to a Certificate of Completion. The Professional Training Program provides in-depth studies at professional standards in Martha Graham Technique, repertory, composition, history, music, pedagogy, acting, and performance. The Professional Training Program is for dancers with demonstrated professional potential. Admission is by audition or faculty recommendation only.

Upon completing the Professional Training Program students may elect to remain in the Post Certificate Program for advanced studies in technique, repertory, composition, performance, and
individual projects. The Post Certificate Program is a one-year, full-time, individualized program culminating in a thesis-equivalent event, which can be in the form of a performance, pedagogical study, choreographic work, writing or an internship in one of the departments of the Martha Graham Center.

A one year, full-time program for advanced and professional level students wishing to prepare for careers in teaching dance. The program focuses on teaching approaches and methodology for
teaching the Martha Graham Technique and an overall approach in teaching within the public school system.

Graham II is the pre-professional troupe of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, selected from the most advanced students at the Martha Graham School. Graham II performs in
New York City public schools enlightening students about Graham's Technique and repertory. Graham II also performs for audiences on a national and international level, in addition to an annual New York season. While in Graham II, dancers may be given the opportunity to apprentice with the Martha Graham Dance Company.

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