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about Peggy Spina

Peggy Spina, Founder and Artistic Director of the Peggy Spina Tap Company, began studying and performing tap as a child in Southern California. At the UCLA Dance Department, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science, she performed and choreographed modern dance. She came to New York in 1962 and performed as a modern dancer for twenty years. Her love for tap was rekindled through her mentors "Baby" Laurence, Charles "Honi" Coles, Chuck Green and Buster Brown. Since her company's first performance in 1981 at CAMI Hall, they have performed in many venues, including "Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors," Town Hall, Queensborough Community College, Hood College, Battery City Park, even the Staten Island Ferry. The most perfect floor is found in her Soho Loft. And it is not just a floor. It is their instrument. Molly Holm reviewing the Company for noted, "...the brilliant sounding Spina Loft on Prince Street." What most people don't know is that Peggy put that floor down with the help of a friend in 1980.

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Photo of Peggy Spina by Stanley Patz.

Ms. Spina and Joel Forrester, Pianist and Composer, have been working together for over twenty years. Most of the dances she has created are to his original pieces and are performed live by Mr. Forrester and his Quartet.

Peggy has choreographed over 100 dances and is the recipient of a Choreographer's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991) and has received numerous grants from the New York Council on the Arts. But her most intense and gratifying moment was seeing Honi and Buster sitting next to each other front and center in the audience while her company performed at the loft. Afterwards they came up to her and Honi remarked to Buster, "She really knows how to dress the floor." Buster agreed. Then Honi compared Peggy to the great Pete Nugent.

Peggy has been dancing and teaching in New York for 44 years. In the 80's she organized Master Classes in her loft for her students, company members and the tap community with Charles "Honi" Coles, Charles "Cookie" Cook, Chuck Green, Buster Brown, Sandman Sims, Gregory Hines, Dianne Walker, and Fred Strickler. In addition to teaching at Marymount Manhattan College, she teaches at her loft in Soho. She taught at the New School for Social Research from 1977-2004. Ms. Spina is also a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

This May, Peggy was the recipient of a Flo-Bert Award from the New York Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day. This lifetime achievement award was presented at the "Tap Extravaganza", May 25th, 2008, which included a performance by the Peggy Spina Tap Company.

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