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Blakeley White-McGuire is a New York-based dance performer, choreographer, and teacher and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Critically acclaimed as a Principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2002 – 2016, 2017) she has embodied the most iconic roles of 20th-century Modern dance to international critical acclaim.

As a leading practitioner of Graham’s technique, she materially contributed to three historical re-imaginings Ardent Song, Imperial Gesture, and Notes on a Voyage.

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

Simultaneously and throughout her career, Blakeley has created with and performed in new works by 21st-century Contemporary artists including Jacquelyn Buglisi, Jayoung Chung, Martha Clarke, Sean Curran, Sue deBeer, Nacho Duato, Daniel Ezralow, Larry Kegwin, Michael Klien and Steve Volk, Lar Lubovitch, Richard Move, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Marta Renzi, Pascal Rioult, Luca Veggetti, Robert Wilson and Anne Bogart SITI/ Company.

Screen dance in collaboration with the artist, Jayoung Chung

Blakeley has received the prestigious “Premio Positano Leonide Massine” Prize for Contemporary Dance Performance, the “Italian Career Achievement Award”, and for three consecutive years was listed among Dance Magazine‘s “Best Performances”. She was honored to be the featured dancer in Googleʼs “doodle” celebrating the iconic dance revolutionary Martha Graham.

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, the Moving Beauty series at Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center, the Martha Graham Dance Company in a collaboration for Graham II and the 2018 Women in Dance Leadership Conference.

Her writings expressing the 21st-century dancer experience have been published by The Dance Enthusiast, The Huffington Post, Dance Magazine, Performance Research Journal, U.K. and most recently in “A Life in Dance: A Practical Guide”.

Blakeley has served on the faculties of the Ailey School, the New School, The Actors’ Studio and New York City’s famed LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts as a teacher of technique, repertory, and improvisation. She is also a New York City Department of Education specialist and Delta facilitator.

A faculty member of the Martha Graham Center since 2002, she is also a coach and official register staging Martha Graham’s repertory internationally, most recently for Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance and the Royal Ballet of Flanders directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Currently, Blakeley leads masterclasses, residencies and choreographs for universities, dance studios and festivals worldwide through which she continues to create, collaborate, research and perform. #movementmigration

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I am available for private dance and Joy-Flow (stretch and movement for pleasure) sessions via Zoom.

Payments accepted via Paypal, Zelle and Venmo.
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In Conversation with Blakeley White-McGuire @ Martha Graham Studio Theater

★ SPECIAL EVENT! In Conversation with Blakeley White-McGuire An evening in conversation with Blakeley White-McGuire, former star of the Graham Company and author of The Martha Graham Dance Company: House of the Pelvic Truth. Through a series of insightful interviews, this book illuminates the ongoing significance of Martha Graham and her eponymous dance collective. In …

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@lucdanceprogram 🌟 Meet our Artist-In-Residence, Blakeley White-McGuire! @blakeleyangel 🌟 A critically acclaimed principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2016, 2017), White-McGuire is a New York-based dance artist, writer, and educator. During her residence with the Loyola Dance Program, she will teach Graham technique and stage two excerpts from “Sketches from Chronicle” titled Steps …

The Martha Graham Dance Company by Blakeley White-McGuire


“The Martha Graham Dance Company:
House of the Pelvic Truth”

by Blakeley White-McGuire

 

What is the legacy of Martha Graham and why does it endure?

How and why did the philosophy and subsequent canon of Martha Graham flood out into an artistic diaspora that is still a wellspring of inspiration for contemporary artists?

How do dancers that have never studied with, or worked under, Martha Graham maintain her vision?

All of these questions, and many more, are considered in this fascinating book, authored by Blakeley White-McGuire, one of the Martha Graham Company’s ex-principal dancers, which illuminates the ongoing significance of the Martha Graham Dance Company almost 100 years after it was founded.

Through doing so, we are offered a study of the history of the Martha Graham Dance Company – the longest-standing modern dance company in America, its international diaspora and the current generation of dancers taking up the mantel.

Drawing on extensive interviews conducted for the book, the company’s story is told through the experiences, inspirations, motivations and words of performers from Graham’s iconic artistic lineage.
Continue reading “The Martha Graham Dance Company by Blakeley White-McGuire”

C.A.V.E.S. Project


C.A.V.E.S. Project

C.A.V.E.S. Project is an interdisciplinary/dance theater laboratory that focuses on the liminal spaces where the human body encounters art and nature. Formed in 2021 by choreographers and international dance artists, Blakeley White-McGuire and Daniel Fetecua Soto their first original theater work

Blakeley White-McGuire and Daniel Fetecua Soto in “The Tongue of The Flame”

The Tongue of the Flame explored trust, care, sensuality and vulnerability in movement and premiered in New York City to audience acclaim. Building on their careers with the iconic modern dance companies of Martha Graham and José Limón, the artists transcend genres through innovation and collaboration.

The artists are committed to the practices of:  Compassion in Art making, Vulnerability in collaboration, Emotion in creating and Sensuality in performance in all of their dance works and community collaborations.

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