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Students create their own choreography by studying Martha Graham's legendary work and exploring America's political history
Students create their own choreography by studying Martha Graham's legendary work and exploring America's political history
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The Martha Graham School’s leading educational outreach program, Teens@Graham, honors Martha Graham’s spirit of rebellion, personal strength, moral rigor, and uncompromising dedication to her art, while inspiring teenagers who are navigating the transition into adulthood. 

In Spring 2011, Teens@Graham began an in-school partnership with the Urban Assembly High School for the Performing Arts (UASPA) located in Harlem. The program offers weekly Graham Technique classes to all high school dance majors as well as a semester-long residency for seniors. Each session is taught by professional Graham Teaching Artists from the Martha Graham School. 

The Senior Residency focuses on Martha Graham's legendary work, American Document from1939. During the semester, students explore political themes in dance, questioning what it means to be an American. They investigate their personal identities by interviewing family and members of the community. They create episodes of their own American Document by referencing resources used by Martha Graham, such as The Declaration of Independence, The Civil Rights Movement, and the power of the individual.

This partnership gives students the opportunity to create and present their own choreography, while enhancing the Social Studies and Language Arts curriculum from the NYC Department of Education. The program culminates with a June performance at the Jacqueline Onassis High School. 

Your donations will help this program with costs such as: 
• Teaching Artists salaries
• Materials (books, DVDs, guides, etc) 
• Student admission to Graham II performances
• UASPA Dance Teacher instruction at the Graham School

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