We warmly welcome you to join in an inspired movement practice that will support you in honouring your body temple and dancer soul.

Madonna studying with Martha Graham in the 80’s

Madonna studying with Martha Graham in the 80’s

Early in the twentieth century Martha Graham broke from tradition to channel a new form that spoke to women's innate power⁠.⁠

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She twisted, rolled, fell to the ground, contracted and arched her back and sprung up in feat of pure resilience.

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Learning a modern dance repertoire that has evolved over one hundred years and was made by and for women will unlock your creative potential and sculpt a strong, lithe body.

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MARTHA GRAHAM MODERN DANCE

SCOTIABANK DANCE CENTRE | 677 DAVIE ST, VANCOUVER | JARISLOWSKY STUDIO

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS | FALL TERM

DROP-IN COST IS $30

11:30AM-1PM

SEPT 10- DEC 3, 2019

EXACT DATES:

SEPT 10, 12, 17, (**NO SEPT 19) 24, 26, OCT 3, 8, 10, 15, 22, 24, 29, 31 NOV 5, 7, (*** NO CLASSES NOV 12, 14, 19, 21 DUE TO DANCE IN VANCOUVER), NOV 28, DEC 3

TOTAL= 17 CLASSES

 

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You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.
— MARTHA GRAHAM

MARTHA GRAHAM, 1894-1991

THE MOTHER OF MODERN DANCE

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 Martha Graham is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

Her dance making has been compared to the innovations of Picasso and the musical genius of Stravinsky.

A teacher, choreographer and dancer, she created more than 180 works over more than fifty years (most of which she danced in herself).

She portrayed powerful female archetypes including Joan of Arc and Clytemnestra from Greek Mythology in a now iconoclastic movement language that was once seen as seen as revolutionary.

Modern dance began as a distinct alternative to ballet. It steered away from ethereal movements and instead brought the dancer into a new relationship with gravity in order to express the psychological turmoil felt in a war time era.

The Martha Graham technique is a codified dance repertoire developed by Martha Graham and many generations of dancers. The training method evolved over seventy years of teaching dancers, actors as well as her life long work of making new dances on herself and her company.

Her Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City continues to perform both historical and new works today.

Learn more about the company OVER HERE >>>

Desirée Dunbar is an award winning dancer and holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University in Arizona. She has taught the Martha Graham Technique at Simon Fraser University, University of Arizona, Trinity Laban, Arts Umbrella and more. She danced in former principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company Judith Garay's company for over a decade in Vancouver, BC and is delighted to share this traditional modern dance form with Vancouver women.

 
 
 
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I adore Desirée’s dance class. I get to move and connect to my body while using many of the sequences from the Graham modern dance technique. It has been years since I have taken a class. Desirée creates a dynamic and fun environment to explore new movement. She varies the technique to suit all bodies and all levels of dancer. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to enjoy movement.
— KARLEY