Dances Made to Order

Esther Baker-Tarpaga

Esther Baker-Tarpaga for Dances Made to Order

Photo by Molly Morgan

Esther Baker-Tarpaga is co-founder of Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, which has recently performed at Jacobs Pillow, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, Action Danse Festival Morocco, and REDCAT. She is an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University Department of Dance. Her new online dance project is “Shifting Traces: Contemporary Dance and Technology In and Outside of Africa” Recipient of a Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs Grant, a Durfee Grant, Javits Fellowship, and UCIRA grant, she was also a State Department Cultural Envoy in Burkina Faso, South Africa, Botswana, and Guinea. She implemented study abroad programs in Senegal and Burkina Faso. 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, Deborah Slater Dance Theater David Rousseve/REALITY. She received her MFA and MA in Dance at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and her BA at Bowdoin College (

Esther created “Free to be You and Me” for the September 2011 edition of Dances Made to Order.