Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Photo was taken by Imogen Cunningham in 1931.

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Photo was taken by Imogen Cunningham in 1931.

Martha Graham is a perfect example of somebody who worked hard, and it paid off. She is truly and inspiration.

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Martha Graham is a perfect example of somebody who worked hard, and it paid off. She is truly and inspiration.

Martha Graham (46) photo taken by Barbara Morgan (1940). Martha danced until she was 76 and choreographed until her death at 96.

Martha Graham (46) photo taken by Barbara Morgan (1940). Martha danced until she was 76 and choreographed until her death at 96.

More to life than rules.  Here is visionary Martha Graham. My longterm idol and a constant reminder to never allow critics to quiet your soul.

More to life than rules. Here is visionary Martha Graham. My longterm idol and a constant reminder to never allow critics to quiet your soul.

Martha Graham Graham identified a method of breathing and impulse control she called "contraction and release." For her, movement originated in the tension of a contracted muscle, and continued in the flow of energy released from the body as the muscle relaxed. This method of muscle control gave Graham's dances and dancers a hard, angular look, one that was very unfamiliar to dance audiences used to the smooth, lyrical bodily motions of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis.

Martha Graham Graham identified a method of breathing and impulse control she called "contraction and release." For her, movement originated in the tension of a contracted muscle, and continued in the flow of energy released from the body as the muscle relaxed. This method of muscle control gave Graham's dances and dancers a hard, angular look, one that was very unfamiliar to dance audiences used to the smooth, lyrical bodily motions of Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis.

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