Established in 1990 and incorporated in 1996, Peggy Baker Dance Projects is led by Artistic Director Peggy Baker, widely considered one of the most outstanding dance artists of her generation. This blog is a collection of her thoughts and experiences as a Torontonian and a member of the Canadian arts community, and a place for company members to share their ideas and experiences.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1952, Peggy Baker’s career as a contemporary dance artist spans more than 35 years, during which she has worked with celebrated performers and creators from Canada and around the world, and has been honoured with some of the dance world’s highest awards. A founding member of Dancemakers (Toronto, 1974), Peggy toured internationally with Lar Lubovitch‘s New York company throughout the 1980s and joined Mikhail Baryshnikov and Mark Morris for their inaugural season of their White Oak Dance Project.
Since establishing Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, Peggy has built an exceptional body of work distinguished by collaborations with extraordinary creators and performers. Her work has toured across Canada, to the US, Europe, and South-East Asia, and it offers audiences a deeper appreciation of the unique beauty and power of modern dance.
Recognized as one of the modern dance world’s finest teachers, Peggy was appointed the first ever Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School in 1992 and teaches at universities and professional training programs throughout Canada and the US. Peggy’s impact on dance in Canada and abroad is immeasurable, and she has been honoured with numerous accolades for her contributions, including a 2006 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary, five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the 2010 Walter Carsen Prize, and the 2009 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement in dance. Peggy is a member of the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada.