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“I bring a unique viewpoint coming from contemporary dance into the ballet world. This offers contrast, can help spark new ideas, and opens up new possibilities."
 

             – Peggy Baker





It’s time to Exchange Ideas with the incredible Peggy Baker, NBS’ Artist-in-Residence. 
 
Position:  
 
Artist-in-Residence
Number of years teaching: I have been teaching for 40 years. I have been the Artist-in-Residence at NBS since 1992.
Dance Background: I have a strong background in contemporary dance. I have sustained parallel elements in my career of performing, choreographing, and teaching.
 
Favourite exercise to teach: What really interests me in teaching is exploring the world of sensations and what goes on for you as a dancer under the surface.
Strengths as a dance teacher:  
Bringing new and complex material to students in a way that allows them to engage with a sense of adventure and curiosity. The materials spark their own personal interest to engage.
Something unique you bring to this program:  
I bring a unique viewpoint coming from contemporary dance into the ballet world. This offers contrast, can help spark new ideas and opens up new possibilities. I bring information and knowledge from another area that is very relevant in this particular sphere.
Something we may not know about you:
 This upcoming school year will be my 25th anniversary as Artist-in-Residence at NBS. I am also the Artistic Director of a professional contemporary dance company.
Someone who influenced you growing up:  
A crucial encounter with Patricia Beatty who is one of the 3 founding Co-Directors of Toronto Dance Theatre.
 
Describe your dance classes in three words:
Detailed. Far-ranging. Integrated.
 
Favourite aspect about being a teacher:
 
The students. I love working with fantastic people who are in a constant state of learning.
 
Most memorable moment(s) as a dance teacher:
 
Every so often, an NBS Alumni comes back to visit and appears in my class. It’s a pure delight to encounter that person again.
Favourite part about the Ideas Exchange program: It is very valuable being able to watch other people teach.