Marjorie Greenblatt was born in Atlantic City on October 6th, 1917 to Aliza (Waitzman) & Isadore Greenblatt (Stuckelman).

The fourth in a family of five children, Marjorie grew up in an intellectual atmosphere, influenced by her parents’ commitment to Zionism, socialism, and Jewish welfare.

At some point the family moved from Atlantic City to Philadelphia.

In 1935, after graduating from the Overbrook High School in Philadelphia, it was when Marjorie attended a Mary Wigman dance performance that she knew she wanted to be a professional dancer.

In 1935, Marjorie won a scholarship to study with Martha Graham so she moved to New York City.