Brigid Baker is the director of 6th Street Dance Studio, a non-profit studio and progressive contemporary dance company WholeProject located in Little Havana. She holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY College at Purchase, New York. Baker produces choreography for and directs WholeProject which is known for its full hand-crafted environments assembled by the dancers during performance. All elements, sets and costumes in her work are recycled and repurposed and she also creates environmental installations. She currently collaborates with Steven Mathieu and the Kid BlastSound System for music and Cristina Isabel Rivera for video and film installation.
Her work has been commissioned by Malandain Ballet Biarritz, FR with whom she has an ongoing teaching relationship. Her work was presented in Saison Temps D’AimerFestival. She has taught at Dance Space and Steps among other studios in NYC, as well as national and international studios and dance festivals in Latin America and Europe, including Balletto del’Esperia in Torino, Italy. She currently teaches composition in the college dance division at New World Schoolof the Arts, FL. She developed and teaches Lightbody, which is steered by holistic and quantum perspectives and influenced by perspectives gained through Juliuu Horvath's Gyrokenisis, Network Spinal Analysis, Breathwork, Qigong and CranioSacral Therapies. She also teaches a contemporary ballet class based in Lightbody principles.
Baker is a Knight Arts Challenge finalist for EarthSong, her organic program for electronic music, a Knight Arts Challenge 2012 winner for TruSchool and a 2013 winner forHomeGrown. She is a Florida Star Award recipient for passion, artistry, creativity and innovation, a Miami Choreographic Fellowship winner for choreographic excellence, and a two consecutive year Atlantic Foundation Philanthropies Grantee, “Gift from the Trust” for excellence in direction. She was named by the New Times as #28 in the 100 Creatives of Miami and was invited to speak with TEDx Miami about the development of her Lightbody technique.
Baker studied ballet extensively with Melissa Hayden, Maggie Black, David Howard, Lawrence Rhodes, and Finis Jhung. She studied Limon with Jim May and Aaron Osborne; Graham with Martha Graham, Kazuko Hirabayashi and Carol Freid; and Cunningham with Merce Cunningham and Mel Wong, whose company she was a member of for 9 years. Additionally, she danced with Dancers’ Company and did years of freelance work. Pina Bausch was her first modern teacher from the Paul Sanasardo Donya Feuer Company and she studied with countless kings and queens of the Judson school. She studied Horst based choreography in intensive years of study with Kazuko Hirabayishi. She piloted the Guggenheim Museum’s program Reading through the Arts. She has collaborated with multiple artists and galleries on site specific works, including artist Robert Irwin's Two Drawings at the Neuberger Museum, the Schmidt Gallery and with the Patio Furniture Broome Gallery, Broome St., NYC. She was a two consecutive year winner of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Street Theatre Festival with Everyman Theatre Co. and was a finalist in Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre Project Search for her work Mercator’s Projection.
Additionally, Baker has a strong background in music and theory having originally studied and performed classical voice, piano and oboe, as well as an extensive theatre background. In theatre, she has taught her protocol Movement Synthesis at Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC under Kirk Dempster and Shakespeare and Co., Lenox Mass under Tina Packard. She worked as a puppet carrier with the Bread and Puppet Theatre in Glover, VT under Peter Schumann and as an actor in Columbia University Masters Directors Program in Christopher Durang’s ‘Dentity Crises and Samuel Beckett’s Come and Go, under director Alan Schneider.
Baker oversees TruSchool, a free young people’s hip hop program based on the original Universal Zulu Nation tenets of hip hop and the TruScholarship young people’s ballet program. 6th Street is home to the Stuff & Stuff Junk Orchestra for young people, where participants make instruments from repurposed materials and HomeGrown, a collaborative residency program for young professional dancers and musicians.