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Peggy Baker is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding contemporary dancers of her generation. Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1952, Ms Baker began her professional career in Toronto, in 1974, as a founding member, and later artistic director, of Toronto’s Dancemakers, where she participated in more than 50 premieres by Canadian choreographers and contributed three works to the repertoire. She toured internationally as a prominent member of Lar Lubovitch’s celebrated New York company throughout the eighties and joined Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for the inaugural season of their White Oak Dance Project in 1990, subsequently forging important creative relationships with Montreal’s Paul-André Fortier and New York’s Doug Varone through numerous performance projects.
Recognized as one of the modern dance world’s finest teachers, Ms Baker was director of dance for the Contemporary Arts Summer Institute at Simon Fraser University from 1991-1994. She 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, York University and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She is the first ever Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School, appointed in 1992. Irene Dowd, Patricia Miner, Christine Wright and Risa Steinberg, her primary teachers since the mid-eighties, continue to exert a powerful influence on her development. (from her website)