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Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance - 2 Reviews - 316 E 63rd St, New York, NY - Education & Instruction Reviews - Phone (212) 838-5886

Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance

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I studied dance here for many years in their old facility (which had a charm the new one can't equal, but the new one is much, much better). The training is excellent and thoroug...

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Excellent, specific training. 7/25/2006

I studied dance here for many years in their old facility (which had a charm the new one can't equal, but the new one is much, much better). The training is excellent and thorough, but not well-suited to other dance styles. Those pursuing other dance work should even be careful about studying here -- Graham work is difficult on the body in extremely specific ways. That said, it's fantastic for developing theatrical expression (especially darker, more dramatic elements), and for strengthening your core and arms. Graham's work has periodically risked dying out since her death because of schisms within the company and the rather historical nature of how (and what type of) meaning is conveyed through her dance. But it's a critical piece of dance and modern American cultural history. more

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An American cultural treasure 6/4/2006

I studied here for years. Of course, only Graham technique is taught, but the dance training is fantastic, and utilizes the body in a way that no other technique really does. That said, as much as it will make you strong, it's also harder on the body than many types of modern dance, and so should be considered carefully based on your strengths, goals and abilities. Children cannot train here until they are at least 11 -- this speaks both to a need for physical development as well as the emotional content of Graham's work. The school and technique has really struggled since Graham's death, but her choreography and technique is a unique part of American cultural history and must be preserved. Consider taking a class here. more
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