Profile page for Peggy Choy of the Dance Department in the School of Education at UW-Madison

Kesting Inoculate Walker Moonshine
shadow

CONTACTING US

Main Office

Dance
School of Education
UW-Madison
Lathrop Hall
1050 University Avenue
MadisonWisconsin  53706

Tel: 608/262-1691
Fax: 608/265-3841

Email: uwdance@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form
 

Peggy Myo-Young Choy

Profile Photo

Peggy Myo-Young Choy


Dance

B125 Lathrop Hall  binoculars icon
1050 UNIVERSITY AVE
MADISON, WI 53706-1304
Office: 608/262-6644

pachoy@wisc.edu

Personal Biography

Peggy Choy (MFA, UW-Milwaukee) studied dance in Hawai'i, Java, Korea and New York. She directs the Peggy Choy Dance Company (begun in 2010) and teaches dance and Asian American Studies.


Education

MFA, Performance and Choreography
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

MS, Urban and Regional Planning, International Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

MA, Southeast Asian Studies, Javanese dance
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

BA, Anthropology, Archeology
Reed College
Portland, OR


 

 

Creative Works

  • Collaboration with photographer Jon Atkins
    Title: THE HERO PROJECT
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: THE HERO PROJECT
    Venue: The Peking
    Location: South Street Seaport, New York
    Scope: National
    Date: October, 2013
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Other
  • Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces
    Title: "Water Warriors," "Like Water"
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: 2013 Dumbo Dance Festival
    Venue: John Ryan Theater
    Location: Brooklyn, NY
    Scope: National
    Date: September 27, 2013
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces
    Title: "THE GREATEST! Hip Dance Homage to Muhammad Ali"
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: Gleason's Gym, The Ki Project, Inc.
    Venue: Gleason's Gym
    Location: Brooklyn, NY
    Scope: National
    Date: May 14, 2013
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces
    Title: "Old Man Walking," "Like Water," "Water Warriors"
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: UW-Madison Vice-Provost of Diversity & Climate
    Venue: Student Activity Center, Multipurpose Room, East Campus Mall
    Location: Madison, WI
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date: May 1, 2013
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Choreograph piece
    Title: "Jayeonoei Han/Nature's Grief"
    Group: Kintari Dance Company
    Sponsor: Kintari Foundation
    Venue: Baráčnická Rychta Theater
    Location: Prague, Czech Republic
    Scope: International
    Date: November 27, 2012
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Perform multiple pieces
    Title: "Blood at the Root," "Will 'n' Skill," "By Any Means Necessary"
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: 9th International Urban Movement Festival: Breakin' the Law Style Def9ned
    Venue: Wisconsin Institutes for DIscovery
    Location: Madison, WI
    Scope: International
    Date: May 12, 2012
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
    • Heru, Sekou, Performer
  • Dance - Choreograph piece
    Title: "Haenyeo/Sea Woman"
    Group: Peggy Choy
    Venue: 2012 CoolNY Dance Festival
    Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Scope: National
    Date: February 4, 2012
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Performer
  • Dance - Choreograph piece
    Title: “Wigioei Bada/The Endangered Sea”
    Group: Peggy Choy
    Sponsor: Seoul Selection
    Venue: Koreanisches Kulturzentrum Berlin (Korean Cultural Center Berlin)
    Location: Berlin, Germany
    Scope: International
    Date: October 17, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Performer
  • Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces
    Title: “THE GREATEST! HIP AFRO-ASIAN HOMAGE TO MUHAMMAD ALI”
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: The Ki Project, Inc.
    Venue: Dance New Amsterdam
    Location: New York, New York, USA
    Scope: National
    Date: September 10, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Choreograph piece
    Title: "Haenyeo/Sea Woman"
    Group: Peggy Choy
    Sponsor: Seoul Selection
    Venue: Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles
    Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
    Scope: National
    Date: July 15, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Performer
  • Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces
    Title: "POW!"
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, La MaMa Experimental Theatre
    Venue: The Ellen Stewart Theatre
    Location: New York, New York, USA
    Scope: National
    Date: May 29, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Perform piece
    Title: "Janaka-Suprabawati" Javanese dance duet
    Group: Peggy Choy and Valerie Vetter
    Sponsor: Grinnell College
    Venue: Sebring-Lewis Hall, Buckshaum Center for the Arts, Grinnell College
    Location: Grinnell, Iowa, USA
    Scope: Regional
    Date: May 7, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Performer
    • Vetter, Valerie, Performer
  • Dance - Perform piece
    Title: "Janaka-Suprabawati" Javanese dance duet
    Group: Peggy Choy and Valerie Vetter
    Sponsor: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Venue: Mills Concert Hall, Humanities Building, UW-Madison
    Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date: April 30, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Performer
  • Dance - Coaching
    Title: "Klana Raja"
    Group: Peggy Choy's Javanese Dance students
    Sponsor: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Venue: Mills Concert Hall, Humanities Building, UW-Madison
    Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date: April 30, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Other, Undergraduate
  • Dance - Choreograph piece
    Title: "Boxher"
    Group: Peggy Choy
    Sponsor: American College Dance Festival
    Venue: St. Olaf College
    Location: Northfield, Minnesota, USA
    Scope: National
    Date: March 22, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Other, Undergraduate
  • Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces
    Title: "The Greatest!"
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Venue: Mills Concert Hall, Humanities Building, UW-Madison
    Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date: March 3, 2011
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces
    Title: "Beyond Form--From the Intercepting Fist to Hip-Hop: The Legacy of Bruce Lee"
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: The Smithsonian Institution
    Venue: Freer Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution
    Location: Washington, DC, USA
    Scope: National
    Date: December 12, 2010
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Perform multiple pieces
    Title: “Dancing Memory: Asian American Lives/Asian American History”
    Group: Peggy Choy
    Sponsor: Yale University
    Venue: Crescent Underground Theater, Yale University
    Location: New Haven, Connecticut
    Scope: National
    Date: October 28, 2010
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Performer
  • Dance - Choreograph multiple pieces
    Title: "Yelllowwww Matriarch," and "Boxher"
    Group: Peggy Choy Dance Company
    Sponsor: World Dance Alliance
    Venue: Dance Theater Workshop
    Location: New York, New York, USA
    Scope: National
    Date: July 17, 2010
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Choreographer
  • Dance - Perform piece
    Title: "Junaengjon"
    Group: Peggy Choy
    Sponsor: Korean American Student Association, UW-Madison
    Venue: Great Hall, Memorial Union
    Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date: May 9, 2010
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Performer
  • Dance - Perform multiple pieces
    Title: "Seung Hwa" and "Sol Changgo"
    Group: Peggy Choy
    Sponsor: Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
    Venue: UW-Parkside
    Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date: April 7, 2010
    Contributors:
    • Choy, Peggy, A., Performer

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 12/31/2010 - Amount: $4,000.00, "Subvention Fund Award," Awarded By: Graduate School and Provost's Office, Grant Institution: UW-Madison, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peggy A. Choy.
    Abstract: Subvention grant awarded for the co-sponsored performance and lecture, "Beyond Form--From the Intercepting Fist to Hip-Hop: The Legacy of Bruce Lee," Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery, December 12.
  • 7/30/2010 - Amount: $2,000.00, "Travel Grant (international)," Awarded By: Graduate School, Grant Institution: UW-Madison, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peggy A. Choy, Principal.
    Abstract: Graduate School international travel grant to present paper, "Liberating Flesh and Bones: Explorations in Asian American Performance", in Choreography and Corporeality Working Group, at International Federation for Theater Research Conference, Ludwig Maxmilians Universitat, Leopoldstrasse 13, Munich, Germany. The paper looks at the history of Asian American performance through investigation of the interface of yellow and blackface in America.
  • 3/3/2010 - Amount: $38,632.00, "The Greatest! Anatomy Of A Fighter: A Series Of Events Celebrating Asian American And African American Connections," Awarded By: Brittingham Fund, Grant Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sponsor Type: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Peggy A. Choy, Co-Principal.
    Abstract: "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter: A Series of Events Celebrating Asian American and African American Connections" included 3 hip-hop dance workshops, "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter" performance by Peggy Choy Dance Company, Dance Therapy for Parkinson's Disease Workshop.

Publications

  • Choy, P.A. (2012). “Richard Kekuni Blaisdell". In Gary Y. Okihiro (Eds.), Great Lives from History: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. EBSCO Publishing.
    Abstract: “Richard Kekuni Blaisdell," in Great Lives from History: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, EBSCO Publishing (2012). Research for this essay is based on oral history interviews with respected physician, kupuna (respected elder) and activist Kekuni Blaisdell, who is Kanaka Maole (Native Hawaiian) and Chinese American. This research is related to my interests in cultural fusion, and multicultural political and cultural transformation.
  • Choy, P.A. (in press). “Somewhere Between Ideology, Practice and the Cellular War…the Dolphins Sing: An Improv on the Fake Book of a Revolutionary Artist”. Yellow Power, Yellow Soul: The Radical Art of Fred Ho. University of Illinois Press.
    Abstract: “Somewhere Between Ideology, Practice and the Cellular War…the Dolphins Sing: An Improv on the Fake Book of a Revolutionary Artist,” chapter for Yellow Power, Yellow Soul: The Radical Art of Fred Ho (April), edited by Roger N. Buckley and Tamara Roberts, University of Illinois Press. This research is related to my interests in cultural fusion and transformation through performance.

Presentations

  • Choy, P.A., Presenter Only (2013, June 8). “Dance Journey: Navigating by the Stars, Crossing Oceans Between Africa & Asia"”, Beyond Bandung: Legacies of African & Asian Cultural Unity; Panel--AFRICAN & ASIAN DIASPORAS: CULTURAL INTERSECTIONS, Museum for African Art, Museum of the Moving Image, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Choy, P.A., Presenter & Author, West, M., Presenter & Author, & Lee, C., Presenter Only (2012, May 10). Breakin' Ground Workshops, BREAKIN’ GROUND: Engaged Learning Across Borders of Health, Education & Hip-Hop, UW Breakers, Office of Vice-Provost of Diversity & Climate, UW-Madison.

Departmental Service

  • Library Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2012 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: The committee's mission is to strategize and develop plans for the 4th floor Lathrop Hall Dance Library. in 2012-13 the committee drew up potential goals of technology improvements and fund-raising. We linked with a system of cataloging holdings. Emeritus Prof. Buff Brennan donated dance resources and catalogued them. Peggy Choy donated a resource on contemporary dance groups in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Committee Chair. Period of Service: 2012 - Pres.

  • Asian American Studies Program Advisory Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2009 - Pres.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2009 - Pres.

  • Dance Department Faculty/Staff Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2004 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: Oversee department vision and policies, curriculum, events, students, special events, conferences.
  • Committee Member. Period of Service: 2004 - Pres.

Public Service

  • The Ki Project, Inc.
    Dates of Membership: 2010 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: Presented "The Greatest! HIp Afro Asian Homage to Muhammed Ali," at Dance New Amsterdam, NY, September 10, 2011.

Awards and Honors

  • Graduate School Travel Award
    Organization: Graduate School/WARF
    Purpose: Exhibit - Performance
    Scope: International
    Description: Travel award to attend the World Dance Alliance-Americas conference to perform my solo, "Wigieoi Bada/The Endangered Sea," July 30.
    Date(s): July 29, 2013 - August 2, 2013
  • Graduate School Research Award 2012-2013
    Organization: Graduate School/WARF
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Description: Awarded Dec. 2011; support for creating new dances and video projections for “THE GREATEST! Hip Dance Homage to Muhammad Ali,” Gleason's Gym, Brooklyn, NY, April 13-14, 2013
    Date(s): July 2012 - June 2013
  • Keynote Performance
    Organization: Kintari Foundation, Prague, Czech Republic
    Purpose: Exhibit - Performance
    Scope: International
    Description: Keynote performance of Golek Ayun-ayun, S'alpuri, and Jayeonoei Han, Kintari Dance Festival, Baráčnická Rychta, Prague, Czech Republic, November 27, 2012
    Date(s): November 27, 2012
  • Keynote Performance
    Organization: Festival Kolem Světa, Prague, Czech Republic
    Purpose: Exhibit - Performance
    Scope: International
    Description: Keynote performance of "Haenyeo/Sea Woman" & "Wigioei Hada/Endangered Sea" at Festival Kolem Světa, Cultural House Ládví, Prague, Czech Republic, November 17, 2012
    Date(s): November 17, 2012
  • Brittingham Trust Fund Award 2010
    Organization: Brittingham Trust Fund, UW-Madison
    Purpose: Service, University
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: $5,000 grant for "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter/A Series of Events Celebrating Asian American and African American Connections," Peggy Choy Dance Company"s performance of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter," March 3, 3 hip-hop dance workshops, Parkinson's dance therapy workshop
    Date(s): February 3, 2011 - March 3, 2011
  • Vice-Provost for Climate & Diversity Grant
    Organization: Vice-Provost for Climate & Diversity, UW-Madison
    Purpose: Service, University
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: $7,245 grant for dance performance of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter" & 3 hip-hop dance workshopsas part of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter/A Series of Events Celebrating Asian American and African American Connections"
    Date(s): 2010
  • Subvention Award
    Organization: Provost’s Office/Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: National
    Description: $4,000 competitive grant to support dance performance & lecture, "Beyond Form--From the Intercepting Fist to Hip-Hop: The Legacy of Bruce Lee," Freer Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Asian Pacific American Program, Washington, DC
    Date(s): December 12, 2010
  • 2010 Award for Lifelong Gratitude for Shining a Light on My Path
    Organization: Posse Program, UW-Madison
    Purpose: Service, University
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: Awarded presented by Crystle Dino, UW-Madison Posse Scholar, Posse Awards Ceremony, Pyle Center, April 22, to acknowledge excellence in teaching and mentoring that made a difference.
    Date(s): April 22, 2010
  • Associated Students of Madison Grant
    Organization: Asian American Student Union/ASM, UW-Madison
    Purpose: Service, University
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: $7,280 grant for for dance performance of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter" & 3 hip-hop dance workshops, as part of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter/A Series of Events Celebrating Asian American and African American Connections"
    Date(s): February 3, 2010 - March 3, 2010
  • MultiCultural Council Grant
    Organization: Asian American Student Union/MultiCultural Council
    Purpose: Service, University
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: $8,204 grant for for dance performance of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter" & 3 hip-hop dance workshops, as part of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter/A Series of Events Celebrating Asian American and African American Connections"
    Date(s): February 3, 2010 - March 3, 2010
  • WI Experience Grant
    Organization: Wisconsin Experience/Dean of Students, Asian American Student Union (AASU)
    Purpose: Service, University
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: $350 grant for dance performance of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter" & 3 hip-hop dance workshops, as part of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter/A Series of Events Celebrating Asian American and African American Connections"
    Date(s): February 3, 2010 - March 3, 2010
  • School of Medicine Grant
    Organization: Dean of the School of Medicine & Public Health, UW-Madison
    Purpose: Service, University
    Scope: UW Madison
    Description: $1,953 grant for Dance for Parkinson's Disease workshop by Misty Owens, 249 Lathrop Hall, as part of "The Greatest! Anatomy of a Fighter/A Series of Events Celebrating Asian American and African American Connections"
    Date(s): February 3, 2010
  • International Travel Grant 2009
    Organization: Graduate School, UW-Madison
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: International
    Description: $2,000 travel grant to present paper “Liberating Flesh and Bones: Explorations in Asian American Performance,” International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Choreography and Corporeality Working Group, Ludwig Maxmilians Universitat, Leopoldstrasse 13, Munich, Germany, July 25-30
    Date(s): July 2009

Memberships

  • World Dance Alliance-Americas (WDA-A)
    Position Held: Member, Scope of Organization: International, Member Since: April 24, 2013
  • American Dance Guild (ADG)
    Position Held: Member, Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: 2012
  • New York Live Arts!
    Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: 2012
  • Dance Theater Workshop (DTW)
    Position Held: Member, Scope of Organization: National, Member Since: 2011
  • Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS)
    Position Held: Member, Scope of Organization: International, Membership Period: 2010 - 2011
  • International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)
    Position Held: Member, Scope of Organization: International, Membership Period: January 2010 - December 2010
  • World Dance Alliance (WDA)
    Position Held: Member, Scope of Organization: International, Membership Period: January 2010 - December 2010
  • Wisconsin Dance Council (WDC)
    Position Held: Member, Scope of Organization: State, Member Since: 2007

The following is a representative sample of media contributions.

© 2017 Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System • Please contact the School of Education External Relations Office with questions, issues or comments about this site.