Ballet for Martha MAKING APPALACHIAN SPRING Curriculum and Reading Resources

Martha Graham Dance Company


Aaron Copland House


The Noguchi Museum


St. Louis Symphony Teacher’s Guide to School Performance of Appalachian Spring. In October of 2010 the St. Louis Symphony performed Appalachian Spring in children’s concerts that incorporated text and art from Ballet for Martha. This is their teacher’s guide to the performances.


A reading guide for Ballet for Martha from the Smithsonian Museum of American History’s “OurStory: American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together!” program is here.


Find additional books for children about dance in this article from The Horn Book Magazine, “What Makes a Good Book About Dance?” and in this article from School Library Journal, "A Dancer’s Dozen: Great Books for Wannabe Hoofers."


Houston Teachers Institute Curriculum Unit: Three American Musical Masterpieces: Rhapsody in Blue, Appalachian Spring, and Adagio for Strings


Civic Center of Greater Des Moines Curriculum Guide for performances by the Martha Graham Dance Company


"Story behind the Story: Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha," by Ilene Cooper, Booklist, July, 2010.


Click here to listen to an October, 2011 interview with Mona Seghatoleslami of West Virginia Public Broadcasting about Ballet for Martha.


Read a profile in the New York Times of Denise Vale, the rehearsal director for today’s Martha Graham Dance Company, here. The article is accompanied by a video showing dancers at work, "Movement According to Martha Graham," which you can watch here.


Martha Graham: Dance on Film. There are at least two versions available of Nathan Kroll and Peter Glushanok’s 1958 film of Appalachian Spring. This double-disc set of DVDs from the Criterion Collection also includes archival footage from one of the earliest performances of Appalachian Spring, additional dances, and documentaries. Some of these performances also can be found on YouTube.


Arts Edge, a program of the Education Department of the Kennedy Center, offers an online, interactive introduction to Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Journal: Martha Graham.