Instructor of Dance

Margaret PaekMargaret Paek joined Lawrence faculty in the fall of 2015, teaching dance in the Conservatory of Music. As a collaborative dance artist, her research engages in inclusionary methods and ensemble enterprises, and she is keenly invested in dance as an integrative life practice. She moves under the premise that we are all dancers, we just may not know it yet.

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Margaret is continually challenged and inspired by her work with Lower Left performance collective and is deeply influenced by her relationships with gymnastics, contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, and their daughter. She has also had the pleasure of working with Mary Overlie, Deborah Hay, Milka Djordjevich, Keith Hennessy, Lionel Popkin, BodyCartography Project, Stochastic Ensemble, projectLIMB, and Dahlia Nayar. Her cooperative and individual work has been presented in Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Switzerland, and at venues across the United States, including Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and the Whitney Museum Biennial 2012.

The practice of teaching is integral to her creative process, and Margaret has been a movement educator for over twenty-five years. During her ten years in New York City, Margaret regularly taught on the faculties of Movement Research, Marymount Manhattan, and Manhattanville Colleges. She has also guest taught at 100 Grand Dance and Dance New Amsterdam, in New York; University of the Arts in Philadelphia; Prescott College in Arizona; University of California, San Diego and Sushi Performance & Visual Art in California; the Swedish Dance Alliance in Stockholm; Kontakt Budapest in Hungary, Tanzfabrik in Berlin, and the International Contact Festival in Freiburg, Germany. With Lower Left, she facilitates programs such as “March 2 Marfa,” an improvisation performance lab for experienced practitioners.

Margaret has authored articles for Contact Quarterly and learning to loveDANCE more, served on Movement Research’s Artist Advisory Council, and is on the board of Marfa Live Arts. She received her MFA from Hollins University/American Dance Festival and her BA in Psychology with a minor in Theatre Dance from University of California, San Diego.

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