A  dancer of “powerful
technique, dramatic instinct and an appealing modern spunk ”.
The New York Times          

Photo courtesy of Dance Magazine.

 

New York based dance artist and teacher, Blakeley White-McGuire, performs and collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists in performance research and teaches Modern dance technique and repertory internationally . Critically acclaimed as a Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001 – 2016, Guest Artist 2017) she has embodied the most iconic roles of 20th Century Modern dance including Appalachian Spring, Cave of the HeartChronicle, Deep Song, Errand Into the Maze, Frontier and Rite of Spring . As a leading practitioner of Graham’s technique under Artistic Directors Janet Eilber, Terese Capucilli and Christine Dakin, she has contributed her embodied expertise to three historical re-imaginings by distinguished Graham alumni: Ardent Song with Professor Susan Mclain, Imperial Gesture with Associate Professor Kim Jones and Notes on a Voyage with Professor Peter Sparling. Through her repertoire, Blakeley has danced on the world’s international stages including Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, City Center, Beijing Opera House, Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, Sadler’s Wells and the Criterion, London, the Hollywood Bowl, Vatican City and the Herodion in Athens, Greece.

During her tenure with the Graham Company, Blakeley was consistently listed among Dance Magazine‘s “Best Performances” and was also honored to be the featured dancer in Googleʼs “doodle” honoring Martha Graham. She was awarded both the prestigious Premio Positano Leonide Massine Prize for Contemporary Dance Performance and the 2016 Italian Career Achievement Award.

Throughout her career Blakeley has created with and performed in new works by 21st Century Contemporary artists including Maher Benham/Coyote Dancers, Jacquelyn Buglisi, Martha Clarke, Sean Curran, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, Larry Kegwin, Michael Klien and Steve Volk, Lar Lubovitch, Richard Move, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Pascal Rioult, Luca Vegetti, Robert Wilson, Anne Bogart SITI/ Company.

As a dance-maker, Blakeley’s original works have been presented by The Museum of Arts and Design, Downtown Dance Festival, Dancers Responding to Aids, New Ballet Ensemble, Jacob’s Pillow’s INSIDE/ OUT, Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, Roxbury Arts Group, RAW and the Moving Beauty series at Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center. She was commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company to choreograph an American Document for Graham II in a collaboration with composer Patrick Leonard that premiered at the Joyce Theater. Her first dance on film, These Worlds In Us , earned an invitation by Dance Films Association to be artist-in-residence at the The Art Mill. Other residencies include the Key West Modern Dance Festival, the Young Artist Program @ Graham and a year-long Community Sponsored Artist (CSA) residency through the Rivertown Artists Workshop in New York’s Hudson Valley.

A dynamic and rigorous teacher, Blakeley has led masterclasses and residencies at universities, dance studios and festivals worldwide. Her writings expressing the 21st Century dancer experience have been published by The Dance Enthusiast, Dance Films Association, Dance Magazine and Performance Research Journal, U.K..

Blakeley holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont and has served on the faculties of: the Ailey School, the New School and The Actors’ Studio. A faculty member of the Martha Graham Center since 2001, she is also a coach and regisseuse staging  repertory internationally; most recently, Chronicle at Purchase College and Diversion of Angels on Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance with the legendary Modern dancer, Linda Hodes.

Currently, Blakeley collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists in Performance Research through the salon series, Open for Transmission. She teaches Modern dance technique and repertory at New York’s famed High School for the Performing Arts and is a member of the Seeing Red task force which continues its research into the Dance of Destiny: An Archetypal Redefinition of the Feminine. In 2017, Blakeley White-McGuire and Associate Professor Kim Jones, will present their embodied research to the Twelfth International Conference on the Arts in Society to be held at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, France.

 

Artist Statement:

Dancing provides a pathway to the interconnection between humanity and the living world around us. Through our participation in it, Dance expands our capacity to learn, to feel and to create knowledge.

Through theatrical ritual, contemporary performance, traditional engagement with repertory and individual choreographic experimentation, I offer my expressions of grace, strength and presence as a mirror and/or reminder for my audience – that they may recognize and/or acknowledge these same qualities in themselves.

Dancing is a physical, intellectual, practical, emotional and spiritual point of embarkment; therefore, in class I give students opportunities to learn through participation. To discover one’s dance expression requires discipline to the task – be it formalized or exploratory. This requires a teaching practice guided by one’s commitment to patience, process and experimentation. Both my dance and teaching practices support the assertion that Dance is a generative practice that offers engagement in individual and communal expressions of compassion and empowerment- the value of which is immeasurable.