By: Ella Witmer
Her first lesson was taught to her by her own fault.
"Martha" her father said, "you're not being honest, are you?"
The little girl's lips trembled, her loose hands clenched into fists, and tears rolled down her cheek
"Don't you know when you do something like this, I always know? There is always some movement that tells me you are deceiving me. You see, no matter what you say, your movement always reveals the truth- remember Martha, movement never lies.
Even though this little girl, Martha forgot what she even lied about, she remembered that terrible moment and her father's words. Her movements had given her away, her hands, her feet, even her eyes! It was though her body spoke for her. Even when her mouth said something else.
Those were her first lessons as a dancer.
Martha Graham Dance Company logo.
This is the logo of the dance company Martha Graham started.
Letter to the World.
This is her in her choreographed dance, "Letter to the World."
A very famous quote written by, Martha Graham.
"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" -Martha Graham
Rising to the top
That later year she surprised her instructor even more. One day when she was watching the advanced students practice, another teacher, Shawn saw Martha and thought that she would be perfect for a solo part that the advanced dancers couldn't do.
"Too bad Martha doesn't know the dance, she would be perfect for the solo." Shawn said.
"But I know it!" Martha insisted.
"That is impossible! You have never performed it!" Shawn told her.
Shawn watched in awe as Martha took the floor, and mastered a difficult dance just from watching others dance it.
Her performance was so impressive and amazing that Shawn immediately made her a leading dancer. From that day on she performed Serenata Morisca, a very famous dance onstage regularly.
She spent the rest of her life performing, choreographing, teaching her own company, Martha Graham Dance Company, until she died at 97.