Dance legend here to teach, perform

Peggy Baker won the Governor General’s award in 2009

Renowned dancer Peggy Baker is teaching a local dance class tonight and performing at the Port Theatre on Jan. 18.

Renowned dancer Peggy Baker is teaching a local dance class tonight and performing at the Port Theatre on Jan. 18.


A Canadian contemporary dance legend is coming to Parskville to teach a dance class tonight.

Peggy Baker is in town to perform Coalesce & Armour at the Port Theatre Jan. 18, billed as an audio action tour.

Baker is considered a Canadian icon by many. She received the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, the 2006 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and many other prestigious awards.

Coalesce and Armour are companion pieces, both performed in one evening. The show is inspired by the scientific essays of Lewis Thomas in his 70s classic The Lives of a Cell, and performed to an original electro-acoustic score by Debashis Sinha.

Tickets are $32 for general admission.

Baker and her team of dancers are also teaching some classes in Nanaimo and Parksville. In Parksville Baker will teach a class called Modern Moves Made Easy at Living Well Body Works Studio in Coombs. This happens tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is adult dance for all levels.

That same evening Sarah Morimoto, a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and who has worked with Baker for the past 14 years, will teach Pilates With Dance In Mind, also for adults of all levels. That will happen from 7:45 to 8:45 at the same location.

The classes are $17 each. Living Well Body Works Studio is located at 2701 Alberni Hwy. in Coombs. Register by calling 250-607-9642.

For a list of more dance lessons happening in Nanaimo by Baker and her team visit

Buy tickets to the Port Theatre show at or by calling 250-754-8550.



Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

The remains of the Mid-Island Co-op in Whiskey Creek along the Alberni Highway on Friday, June 18, after a blaze the day before devastated the gas station. (Michael Briones photo)
VIDEO: Whiskey Creek gas station destroyed by fire after camper van explosion

Nine fire departments responded to the incident, no injuries reported

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

District of Lantzville Mayor Mark Swain, left, and Snaw-Naw-As Chief Gordon Edwards sign a memorandum of understanding outside Snaw-Naw-As Market on Friday, June 18. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Lantzville and Snaw-Naw-As sign memorandum of understanding

District and First Nation create joint working group

John Furlong told the Vancouver Board of Trade on Feb. 20, 2020 that he thinks the city could and should bid for the 2030 Winter Games. (CP photo)
A small pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins pass by close to shore in Campbell River June 16, 2021. Still capture from video courtesy of Kimberly Hart
VIDEO: Dolphin sunset captured from Vancouver Island shore

Spectacular setting for view of travelling pod of Pacific white-sided dolphins

Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson were thrilled to spot a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the Panama Flats this month, an unusual appearance for such birds. (Photo by Stephanie Ann Johanson)
WATCH: Sandhill cranes an unusual, joyful sight in South Island parkland

These birds don’t often touch down on their way between northern B.C. and Mexico

Police are asking for public assistance in locating Anthony Graham who has been charged with the murders of Kamloops brothers Carlo and Erick Fryer. (RCMP photo)
2 charged, suspect at large in killings of B.C. brothers linked to gang activity: RCMP

Kamloops brothers Erick and Carlo Fryer were found deceased in May on a remote Okanagan road

(V.I. Trail/Google Maps)
Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding parnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta 1st province in Canada to lift all COVID-19 public health restrictions

70.2% of eligible citizens 12 and older in the province have received a dose of the vaccine

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Honour our fathers’ with COVID-19 vaccine protection, B.C. urges

109 new cases Friday, 75 per cent of 12 and up immunized

Freighters have becomd abundant in the Trincomali Channel on the east side of Thetis Island.
Nanaimo ponders taking on waste from nearby anchored freighters

Vancouver-based Tymac petitioning the Regional District of Nanaimo to accept waste at its landfill

(Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Trutch Avenue in Chilliwack to be renamed to remove racist taint

New name to have Indigenous significance as Chilliwack takes new step toward reconciliation

Most Read