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Ivy Baldwin was raised in Madison County. She danced with Becky’s Dance Steps Studio for 13 years. She attended Madison County schools, graduating in 1993 from Madison County High School.

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Ivy Baldwin danced in her first recital at the age of five. Back then, she studied and danced with Becky’s Dance Steps Studio.

Following high school, Baldwin left Madison for North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1997. She went on to New York University for graduate school. Baldwin graduated with her Masters of Fine Arts degree in 2000.

Baldwin opened her own dance company in New York City (NYC) in 1999. According to her website, “Ivy Baldwin Dance formed in 1999 as a studio dedicated to the performance of contemporary dance.”

Since the studio’s inception, Baldwin has choreographed eight commissioned works for her company. Some of the places where her dance company has performed (in addition to NYC) are Berlin, Romania and Washington D.C.

Baldwin has also taught and choreographed for educational institutions throughout the United States since 2003.

In November 2016, Baldwin’s dance company presented Oxbow, a show choreographed entirely by Baldwin. The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) commissioned Oxbow.

Baldwin, not only choreographs the dances for her company, but she dances in them as well.

Baldwin has received many awards and fellowships, including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography, Artist-in-Residence positions at BAM, Movement Research, Abrons Arts Center, and ArtistNe(s)t in Romania, and fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy.

The Jerome Foundation, the William and Karen Tell Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Puffin Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Dugas Family Foundation, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the Lumpkin Family Foundation, and the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center are some of the organizations that have supported Baldwin’s work.

Baldwin has choreographed new works for The Wooden Floor, Barnard College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and The New School, among others.

One art critic described Baldwin as someone who is “known for her vivid imagination, and her mysterious dances deconstruct and combine disparate elements to build bizarrely entrancing new realities.”

On the first two Saturdays in June (June 3 and 10), Baldwin will be dancing in Keen, Part 2 at Abrams Art Center in Manhattan, New York.  Prior to her performances, she will be featured in an article in the May 31 issue of the Entertainment Section of the New York Times.

Baldwin is the daughter of Robert and Judy Baldwin.

For more information about Baldwin’s dance company, go to ivybaldwindance.org.

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