Corey Baker

Ballet Noir, Co-founder & Artistic Director

Corey Baker is a classically trained, professional contemporary dancer and contemporary choreographer with over 8 years’ experience in developing physical contemporary and release styles and a vast background in theatre and physical theatre. Corey specializes in creating, producing and touring outdoor work. Corey took to the stage at a young age performing in many West End shows as well as many professional theatre shows for the National Children’s Theatre Association. He undertook classical training in New Zealand and Australia before graduating from the Ballettschule Theater Basel in Switzerland. Corey danced for Ballet Theatre Basel Company under the direction of Richard Wherlock. The company’s repertoire includes work by Christopher Bruce, Cathy Marston, Patrick Delcroix, and Jiri Kylian. Corey was commissioned to make a new work at Theatre Basel which premiered in 2007. Corey relocated to the UK, joining BalletBoyz Dance Company with a repertoire including work by Russell Maliphant, Freddie Opoku Addaie and Paul Roberts.

Corey launched his own company in 2008 with two commissioned works premiering in London and Sydney and has made many works since. Other commissions include work for American Grand Prix, Leipzig Festival, Sydney Youth Ballet Company, Notting Hill Festival, Rambert Youth Dance Company, International Dance Birmingham 2012, Elevate Dance Company, Cultural Olympiad London 2012, International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 (IDFB 14) and worked with several U.K Dance Houses creating and developing new work and developmental schemes. Corey has worked with choreographers and companies such as Darren Ellis, Justine Reeve, Errol White Dance Company, Springs Dance Company, Kneehigh Theatre Company, Mark Brew Dance Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Tamsin Fitzgerald and Shaun Parker and Company, touring works by these choreographers continually. Corey worked as Assistant Choreographer and Rehearsal Director for Moko Dance, a double bill touring 2012/2013. In 2014 Corey was International Choreographer in Resident for IDFB 14 and created several new works under this 6-month post. Corey is the newly appointed Associate Creative Director of 4 Squares Festival.