Intermediate/Advanced Dancers, Ages 11-Adult
Thursday Feb 8, 2018


Kanopy Studio, 341 State St Madison WI 53703



Sandra Kaufmann, Dancer and Choreographer is the founding director of the dance program at Loyola University. Sandra danced in NYC for the Martha Graham Dance Company and served as Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Ensemble. She has also performed for many years with Pearl Lang and Richard Move. As a choreographer, Ms. Kaufmann has created works for concert dance, musical theatre productions, opera, video and site specific works. She has been honored with awards from Dance Magazine Foundation,Tidmarsh Arts Foundation, The American College Dance Festival, Bossak/Heilbrun Foundation and Sloan Science & Dance Technology Commission. Sandra has created many works based on visual artworks as well as science. With Michael Bassett and Brian Green, Sandra was the keynote speaker for Art/Science International’s Annual Conference at the Museum of Natural History in New York in 2001. Sandra’s latest work, Blue Window, is an adaption for the stage of Chagall’s stained glass masterpiece. Ms. Kaufmann graduated summa cum laude from the College of Education and the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, where she gave the commencement address for both colleges. Sandra received talented student scholarships from Northern Illinois University and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and serves on the board of the Doris Humphrey Society. Ms. Kaufmann currently works as an independent choreographer and a regisseur who restages the works of Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey; and, a dancer with MOMENTA Dance Company. Sandra has served on the faculty of Barnard College, New York University and The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. In Chicago she has taught at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, University of Chicago, The Academy of Movement and Music and Loyola University Chicago.

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) is recognized as a primal artistic force of the 20th century. She was named “Dancer of the Century” by Time and has been compared with other creative giants such as Picasso, Einstein, Stravinsky and Freud. She created 181 ballets and a technique that revolutionized dance throughout the greater part of the past century. Using the founding principals of Contraction and release, she built a vocabulary of movement to “increase the emotional activity of the dancer’s body,” exploring the depth and diversity of human emotion. A wide range of sources from the American frontier to Greek Mythology inspired her ballets. She created and portrayed prominent women, including Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Medea, Phaedra, Joan of Arc and Emily Dickenson. During her 70 years of creating dance she collaborated with other great artists – Noguchi, Copland, Barber, and Schuman, and her mentor Louis Horst among others, and is recognized for her groundbreaking work in all aspects of the theater – use of time, space, lighting, costumes, sets and music. Her company was a training ground for many generations of choreographers including Cunningham, Taylor and Tharp. At the Neighborhood Playhouse, she is said to have changed the course of American acting through students such as Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Tony Randall and Orson Wells. Her creative genius earned numerous honors and awards, including the Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts. Martha Graham’s extraordinary legacy lives on in the work of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ensemble and School, and in the students worldwide studying her technique and performing her masterworks.

Do you need a place to stay? University Campus housing is available and within walking distance to Kanopy Studio. Go to: or Questions: or 608.255.2211

Registration Closed Feb 8 2018