Peggy Hackney

Peggy Hackney earned a B.A. in Psychology from Duke University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a Certified Teacher of Labanotation, a Registered Movement Therapist (ISMETA), and a Certified Massage Therapist. She has been involved in the Laban work since 1963. She was a co-founder of the Intensive LMA Certification Programs in New York City, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Berlin, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Peggy graduated from the very first Effort/Shape Certificate Program in New York City and was a colleague of Irmgard Bartenieff for nearly 15 years. Peggy performed with many dance companies in New York City for 10 years before joining the Bill Evans Dance Co. and touring the USA. She was on the Dance Faculty of the University of Washington for 11 years, and has taught throughout the United States as well as in Europe. She helped to found Seattle’s performance space for emerging artists entitled, “On The Boards.” In addition to directing and teaching in the IMS programs, she is the Assistant Director of the Moving On Center Certificate Program in Somatics and Participatory Arts in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Making Connections: Total Body Integration Through Bartenieff Fundamentals, (Routledge). Other publications include her video, Discovering Your Expressive Body, and A Study Guide to Elementary Labanotation, both distributed by Princeton Book Co. Peggy recently did residencies at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in The Netherlands, New York University Dance Department in New York City, Enknapp Dance Co. in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Art Therapy Italiana in Bologna and Rome, Italy, and in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. She currently has a grant from the National Science Foundation through NYU to research the use of LMA to improve the dynamics of motion capture in animation and has worked on the GreenDot Project. At TDPS, Peggy is currently teaching “Somatics for Performers” and is directing Berkeley Dance Project 2010, where she is restaging Doris Humphrey’s “The Shakers” from Labanotation Score.