Most would agree that anyone starting out in dance past the age of twenty is unlikely to go very far in the profession. One extraordinary exception was Martha Graham, who did not enroll in a dance class until she was twenty-two. Premising her approach to dance on the belief that movement grew out of emotion, Graham eventually went on to form her own dance company and continued to perform until she was seventy-five. Along the way, she also choreographed scores of original works and became a leading force in the creation of modern American dance.
This likeness was made when Graham and her company were performing in San Francisco. When some audiences members there found Graham's approach a bit too avant-garde the dancer noted, "No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just the others are behind the time."