PEGGY LYMAN HAYES
PEGGY LYMAN HAYES, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1973-1988, she danced leading roles in many of the most famous Graham ballets, and had three classic solos: Frontier, Lamentation, and Ruth Denis’ The Incense, recreated for her by Ms. Graham. Her television performances include three “Dance in America” programs, a “Kennedy Center Awards” appearance, and a guest appearance with Rudolph Nureyev in Julie Andrews’ CBS Special, “Invitation to the Dance.”
Ms. Lyman Hayes’ artistic director positions have included the Peggy Lyman Dance Company; serving as both rehearsal director of the Graham Company and artistic director of Graham 2, the chamber touring ensemble; artistic co-director of the Hartford Ballet and Dance Connecticut; and director and co-founder of the University of Hartford’s Hartt School Dance Division where she developed their four-year college dance curriculum, taught the Martha Graham Technique, choreographed her own work, restaged the works of Martha Graham and co-created MoveIt and MoveIt 2 with Dr. John Feierabend.
Holding a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and an Honorary Doctorate Degree in the Arts from the University of Hartford, Ms. Lyman Hayes continues her affiliation with the Graham Center as a regisseur for the Graham Resources and as senior faculty at the Martha Graham School.