Biography


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Born, Eddison B. Lindsay on the sunny isle of Trinidad, West Indies, BaKari  Ifasegun Lindsay has been perfecting his crafts for the past 27 years. He is a dancer, choreographer, singer, musician, costume designer/ maker and researcher. Trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre on scholarship and with various teachers from the Caribbean and the African Continent. Bakari holds a craftsman diploma in Style and Design and  Masters Degree in Dance Ethnology and Bachelors in Education, from York University, Canada. BaKari researched and  developed  "A-Feeree - The Physical Language," an innovative  training method  for dance practitioners working in an Africanist movement aesthetic.

He co-founded COBA Collective Of Black Artists, and danced for the Danny Grossman Dance Company (Canada), Jubilation Dance Co (USA), Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada), Artcho Danse Repertoire (Haiti) and several independent choreographers in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. BaKari also appeared as an original cast member of Disney's The Lion King.

As choreographer, BaKari as created works for Les Enfants Dance Company, Entre Duex, The National Dance Company of Trinidad and Tobago, while also creating a body of work on COBA  Collective Of Black Artists. He served on the faculty of Ryerson University, York University, Humber College, Lester B. Pearson School for the Performing Arts, and several dance schools, and institutions and community groups.  BaKari is a teacher with the Toronto District School Board at the Africentric Alternative School. Bakari's artistic vision is to create a harmonious balance between artistic practice and traditional cultural values

© BaKari Ifasegun Lindsay 2013