Peggy Baker © Aleksandar Antonijevic

Peggy Baker has been announced as the 2017 winner of the Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission. This award is presented to a choreographer for the commissioning of a new creation for the students of the School. As an expression of the School’s, and Kathryn’s, dedication to new creation and the professional development of our alumni, priority is given to a choreographer who is a graduate of the Professional Training Program. The choreographer is given an honourarium in addition to their choreographic fee.

Kathryn Ash was on the Board of Directors of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre for 18 years and was President from 1995 to 2008. The Kathryn Ash Awards recognize her dedication to the School and reflect her passionate commitment to the areas of scholarship, leadership, and creation.

In accepting the award, Peggy said: “I am deeply honoured to receive The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Kathryn Ash Choreographic Commission, and tremendously excited by the magnificent invitation to create a work for the 2018 graduating class!”