Lucie Baker is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, expressive arts therapist and arts administrator based in Seattle, Washington. She began her studies from a young age at Pacific Northwest Ballet and Cornish College of the Arts Preparatory Dance Program. She later moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School earning her BFA in dance in 2008. As a professional performer, Baker has had the opportunity to work with both established choreographers and emerging artists including Jane Comfort and Company, Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects, Erica Essner Performance Co-op, Phantom Limb Company, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, Adam Barruch, Sidra Bell, Tara Dyberg, Carlye Eckert, Tiffany Mills, Coleman Pester, Bennyroyce Royon, Cindy Salgado, Annika Sheaff, Yara Travieso, ilvs strauss, Seattle Opera, Chamber Dance Company, and Arc Dance, among others.
Inspired by collaboration, Baker is an active choreographer whose pieces have been performed in both domestic and international venues since 2004. Her work has been seen at Velocity Dance Center, The Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, Alice Tully Hall, Rover Soho, Center for Performance Research, DUMBO Dance Festival, Green Space, The Kitchen, 92nd St Y, Judson Church, Palucca Schule in Germany, Teatro Clunia in Spain, and Escuela Nacional Superior de Arte Dramatico in Peru. Her pieces have been supported by The Field's Emerging Artist Residency program, supported by Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, Center for Performance Research's rehearsal residency subsidy supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a Mertz Gilmore Late Stage Production grant and the Fremont Abbey Barter Artist program. Baker works as a producer for herself and others.
She started her teaching career with Artists Striving to End Poverty in 2005. With ASTEP she developed the skills that allowed her to teach diverse populations in schools, universities, prisons, hospitals, and disaster zones. Over the years she has facilitated not only arts outreach programming but high level dance training to students at numerous dance schools around the United States. She received her expressive arts therapy training at the Tamalpa Institute, founded by Anna and Daria Halprin. Her classes integrate her background in western concert dance and social dance with her love of somatics and anatomy. She has studied with Irene Dowd, and Jane Kosminsky, and is a certified Pilates mat instructor from the Kane School at Kinected. Baker holds an MFA from the University of Washington where she specialized in Art/Science collaborations.