Graham's New Campaign Invites Dancers to #gramyourgraham

January 26, 2016

The year 2016 marks a big anniversary for the Martha Graham Dance Company. The modern troupe is turning 90, but celebrating in a very 21st-century way: with Instagram. Starting today, in tandem with its brand-new Kickstarter campaign, the company is encouraging dancers to get involved with the celebration by posting short videos of Graham-inspired choreography using the hashtags #thenext90 and #gramyourgraham.

If you need to brush up on your Graham technique, check out the cheat sheet above for pointers on some of the style’s hallmarks. Then, craft your own 15-second dance using at least three of the following: parallel positions, contractions, opposition, and fall and recovery. The company will review the submissions, choose five finalists and then let viewers vote on a winner. The choreography from the favorite #gramyourgraham video will be performed by Graham dancers and uploaded to the company’s website and social media pages.

Now get to work on those contractions!



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