James Graham is a San Francisco based choreographer, performer, and teacher. James Graham Dance Theatre has recently been presented at ODC Theatre, UC Berkeley, Joe Goode Annex, in the Daegu International Dance Festival in South Korea, Movement Research at Judson Church, and The Ohio State University.
In 2017 he received an IZZIE for “Outstanding Ensemble Performance” with Sebastian Grubb for their performance in JGDT’s “Homeroom.” In 2015 he received an IZZIE for “Outstanding Individual Performance” (for his Entire Season).
In 2007, he first went to Israel to study Gaga. Graham was chosen by Ohad Naharin to be a Certified Gaga Instructor and to take part in his pilot training program of international Gaga teachers. He has taught Gaga extensively in the U.S., as well as in Canada, France, South Korea, Germany, Sweden, Thailand, and Israel. He is currently on faculty at UC Berkeley and Dominican University/LINES BFA Program.
Graham holds an M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. He currently performs with Joe Goode and Lisa Wymore & Sheldon Smith.
Martha Goodman's experience includes touring with dance companies internationally, teaching and coaching all levels of dancers, as well as staging and performing in ballet classics and performing in films, television, and on and off Broadway. She studied in New York with Igor Schwetzov, David Howard, Genia Melikova, Maggie Black and in Paris with Gilbert Meyer formerly of Paris Opera Ballet.
Martha has coached students to the final rounds of the International Ballet Competition and Youth America Grand Prix. As a Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) Award Winner, her original choreographed works Offenbach Suite and Peasant Pas de Sept were selected to represent the Southeast Region at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS.
Martha has taught with Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education from June 1996-2017 and continues to teach master classes and summer programs as well as choreograph for companies throughout the U.S.
Nina S. Spiegel
Nina Spiegelis is the Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Associate Professor of Israel Studies at Portland State University. Her research focuses on the development of Israeli culture and society, with a specialty on dance in Israel.
Her first book, Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine (Wayne State University Press, 2013) was recognized as a finalist for both the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and a National Jewish Book Award. Spiegel’s articles have appeared in Jewish Cultural Studies, Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review, and Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice. She has also served on the board of directors of the Congress on Research in Dance. Spiegel holds a PhD in history from Stanford University and a BA from Brown University.