Christine Dakin


Christine Dakin joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1976, was principal dancer, became artistic director in 2002 and is artistic director laureate of the company.  She is known for her performance of Graham’s roles and roles Graham created for her in Rite of Spring and Phaedra’s Dream. She was partnered by Rudolph Nureyev and had speaking and dancing roles created for her by Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson and Martha Clarke.  Honored with a Dance Magazine Award and a “Bessie”, she was awarded a Fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Dakin is honored to be a creative advisor for the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab 2015/16. Her film, La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks was official selection in 2014 of  NewFilmakers NY, New York Independent and Golden Door International Film Festivals. Her teaching includes a decade at The Juilliard School, lecturer at Harvard University, DanzFest (Italy) and since 1981 as guest teacher/performer throughout Mexico.  She received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and grants from Rockefeller US-Mexico Fund for Culture, the USIA and CEC ArtsLink. Dakin is Associate Founder and dancer for Buglisi Dance Theatre and teaches at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.