Martha Graham, wonderful dancer and choreographer, had a powerful influence on modern dance. She used forceful movements that expressed strong emotions.
Martha Graham was born on May 11, 1894 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later, in 1908, she moved to California with her family. The girl became interested in dance when she saw Ruth St. Denis perform in 1914. As a teenager she studied at the Denishawn dance school and later she became a member of the Denishawn dance company. Her great dramatic power made her a favorite with audiences.
In 1923 Graham went to New York and three years later she founded a dance school, where she developed a distinctive dance technique. Important dancers who studied with Graham include Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Alvin Ailey.