Using one of the dance works featured in The Choreographer’s Trust, Peggy Baker Dance Projects can tailor residencies for post-secondary dance courses and institutions. Peggy Baker, Artistic Associate Sahara Morimoto, and members of Peggy’s ensemble can lead daily technique classes, repertoire, and coaching sessions, as well as stage student performances of the work/s. Public performances by the company and other art enrichment activities can be combined during the company’s visit to create a multi-faceted experience for students and general public audiences.
“I just wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity of dancing [Unfold], such a beautiful piece of art. We all put our souls into this unique and extraordinary process. Thanks for all your energy and time, it really meant a lot to every single one of us. The experience was incredible and it changed me as a dancer, as an artist, as a human.”
A student at the University of Calgary
High Schools and Dance Schools
Members of Peggy Baker Dance Projects can deliver a range of classes and arts enrichment projects to high school students and students of dance schools.
“We have just finished our season with a series of really great shows. Brute was a clear highlight in our performances and Charles was the star! I believe learning and performing Brute was an amazing learning experience for Charles, one he will keep with him always…Thank you again for your remarkable generosity. It was such a pleasure to have you around , you are an inspiration to all of us.”
Sylvie Desrosiers, School of Dance, Ottawa.
This is some feedback from students at Toronto’s Rosedale Heights School for the Arts:
“Your enthusiastic and compassionate energy inspired me to perform and create to the fullest of my ability. Not only did you teach me to connect with my fellow dancers on stage and focus my energy but made me feel as if my ideas had value and potential.”
“I loved every moment of it. The choreographic development exercises that you taught us have been so helpful and inspiring. You really helped me conceptualize movement and understand where movement initiates.”
“I love the way your choreography feels organic and natural, and the way it looks both exciting and controlled.”
A master teacher, Peggy Baker teaches regularly at universities and professional training programs throughout Canada and the U.S. including the Juilliard School, the School at Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, NYU, UC Santa Barbara, Philadelphia’s Dance Advance, York University, the University of Calgary, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and the Contemporary Arts Summer Institute at Simon Fraser University. She is the first ever Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School, appointed in 1992, where she teaches students in grades 10-12.
In her technique class, Peggy Baker brings the richness, depth, and immediacy of her physical practice into play in a class driven by dynamism and musicality, and focused on the expressive and kinetic potential of our bodies. The work unfolds fluidly, and with refreshing shifts of focus, through a wide range of vivid and invigorating movement explorations that address essential issues of impulse and action. Fundamental to her material and methods are the influence of neuro-muscular specialist Irene Dowd, teacher Christine Wright, and choreographers James Kudelka, Molissa Fenley, Paul-Andre Fortier, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Tere O’Connor, and Doug Varone.
Creative Practice explores a wide range of powerful and innovative entry points, techniques, devices and exploratory methods for creating choreography.
Irene Dowd sequence study:
Neuro-muscular specialist Irene Dowd – faculty member of The Juillaird School in New York City and the author of Taking Root to Fly – has made a unique and powerful contribution to training for dancers through a series of choreographed sequences addressing specific elements of technique and functional anatomy. Peggy Baker, Ms Dowd’s assistant in the refinement of many of these sequences, is an expert guide in the exploration of this powerful work, which is available in a master class or series format.
Master classes for dance students and professional dance artists can be tailored to all levels of experience and size of group, and can be based in technique, creative practice, or repertoire.
Booking and information: Meredith Potter