ABD Founders

Kathryn (Kat) Peng, Dance Mistress

Kat Peng Nagar demonstrated a love and talent for dance from a very early age, beginning with her training at the Art Linkletter Dance studio from ages 3-12, studying ballet, jazz and tap.  Ms. Nagar was awarded admission to the Dekalb Center for the Performing Arts High School, where she continued to study ballet, jazz, tap, modern, theater and voice.  After performing modern dance with the Brenau Dance Ensemble, Brenau College, she discovered a love for historical dance while earning her degree in dance from Georgia State University, where she was a member of the Georgian Dancers (1993-1997), studying and performing Renaissance and Baroque Dance.  Additional dance study and ensembles include the Matrix Company (1991-1995, choreography), Stanford Baroque Workshop, Baroque Workshop in Wales (UK), Sugar Foot Stomp Workshop, and co-directing the Atlanta Baroque Dance Company, teaching and performing Baroque Court and Country Dances.  Ms. Nagar is also a core member of the Stately Vintage Dancers (since 2001), teaching and performing Civil War era dance, as well as the Big City Burlesque (since 2003), a dance ensemble dedicated to choreographing and performing tap, character, ballet and vaudeville.

Christopher (Chris) Wilson, Dance Master

Christopher Wilson began his course of musical study attending the Pinellas County Center for the Arts magnet center at Gibbs High School, in Saint Petersburg, Florida.  While earning his B.M. in Music History and Literature (1994) at Florida State University, Mr. Wilson specialized in Renaissance and Baroque performance practices, becoming the first undergraduate to earn the prestigious Certificate in Early Music Performance.  Mr. Wilson attended Case Western Reserve University in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Historical Musicology, where he also studied recorder under Adam Gilbert (of the Renaissance wind ensembles, Piffaro and Ciaramella).  In Spring of 1996, while studying Baroque Dance under Julie Andrijeski (Chatham Baroque), Mr. Wilson discovered a love and talent for the art form.  After being featured in a dance duet in the Case Western Reserve University Music Department's staged production of Handel's opera, Il pastor fido, Mr. Wilson performed with Ms. Andrijeski at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  Continuing his dance instruction, Mr. Wilson attended the Stanford Baroque Dance Workshop, studying under Paige Whitley-Baugess and Thomas Baird, of Apollo's Banquet, as well as meeting and discussing the art form with Wendy Hilton (Dance of Court and Theater: The French Noble Style, 1690-1725, Princeton Book Company Publishers, 1981).  Mr. Wilson co-directs the Atlanta Baroque Dance Company with Kat Peng, teaching and performing Baroque Court Dances and Country Dances.