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Choreographer, dancer and filmmaker, Esther Baker-Tarpaga is an assistant professor at the Ohio State University Department of dance. She is the recipient of a Battelle Endowment Grant for the Project “Shifting Center: Creating Collaboration in and outside of Africa through Cyberlearning and Ubiquitous Technologies” in 2010.
In 2007 Esther was invited as a Cultural Envoy to teach contemporary dance and to choreograph a new piece for Djoliba National Ballet in Conakry, Guinea. Her solo “Abre D’Adaptation” choreographed for Burkinabe dancer Wilfried Souly won best choreography for the Los Angeles Emerging Above Ground Festival in April 2007. In 2006 she was invited as a Cultural Envoy through the U.S. State Department to teach and perform in South Africa (Heart of the Arts), Botswana (Maitisong Festival), and Burkina Faso (Dialogue De Corps). She has worked with Senegal-based artists such as Compagnie Kakat’Art, Compagnie 1ere Temps, and hip hop artist Keyti of Dakar All Stars.
Her dance films have screened at numerous festivals and she co-produced United Nations of Hip Hop, which screened at AFI International and NYC Pan African Film Festival. Esther has performed in the work of Victoria Marks and is currently dancing in David Rousseve/REALITY new work Saudade. She implemented and led UCLA’s first summer study abroad program in Senegal at Germaine Acogny’s Ecole de Sables and is the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, a Durfee, and UCIRA grant. She has a B.A. from Bowdoin College in French and Anthropology and an M.A. in Dance and M.F.A. in Choreography from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Dept.
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