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Ever seen the Martha Graham film A Dancer’s World from 1957?

It is fabulous and slightly creepy — I insist on watching it immediately.

Martha Graham on pre-performance jitters: “Dread, a sense of hazard, feeling that perhaps you haven’t done quite enough work, perhaps you should have gone back to the studio and worked again, because that what you do not want to do is to fail – in either clarity or in passion. You give all your life to doing this one thing. It sounds grim, it sounds frightening – it isn’t. It has a great gaiety at times, a great wonder.”


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Written by Amy Jacobus

Amy Jacobus is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer who has shown choreography at DanceNOW [NYC]‘s RAW series, Works in Progress at Dance New Amsterdam, Mixed Movement at Brooklyn Ballet and FIGMENT on Governor’s Island. She presented 20nothings, a danced response to bad press surrounding the Millennial generation, in a self-produced series at Greenpoint’s The End. Amy Jacobus Dance Projects was established in 2011 as a hub for her choreographic projects—past, present and future, in New York City and beyond. Amy has bachelors degrees in dance and journalism & mass communications from the University of Iowa and works as a marketing and communications consultant with a variety of performing artists, dance services and small businesses in New York. She is a former member of Dance/NYC Junior Committee. (photo by Christopher Duggan)