Ms. Spina began studying and performing tap as a child in Southern California. At the UCLA Dance Department, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science, she performed and choreographed modern dance. She came to New York in 1962 and has been dancing and teaching in the City for 32 years, with her company’s first performance taking place in 1981 at CAMI Hall. Her love for tap was rekindled through her mentors “Baby” Lawrence, “Cookie” Cook, and Charles “Honi” Coles. Peggy’s company has appeared in dozens of venues and she has choreographed over 100 dances. Ms. Spina is the recipient of a Choreographer’s Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1991) and has received numerous grants from the New York Council on the Arts. In addition to teaching at Marymount, Ms. Spina currently teaches at her Spina Loft in Soho and the New School for Social Research. Ms. Spina is also a practitioner of acupuncture and herbal medicine.