Raised in St. Catharines ON, Mary Jo Mullins is a co-founder of Niagara Dance Company and is its sole Artistic Director. She has been joyously developing a movement style that reflects her passion for dance, for life. Her movement aesthetics are informed by the modern dance technique created by Martha Graham as she has a great love for this particular form. (click read more to see the video) read more
Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer whose influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on modern visual arts, Stravinsky had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the USA: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.