Period-Style Choreography and Dance Reconstruction

 

 


Thomas Baird has been choreographing in period-style and reconstructing baroque dances for over 15 years. For ten years, he and baroque dancer, Paige Whitley-Bauguess, have collaborated on many performances that include original choreography in the 18th century style, reconstructed dances from Feuillet notation, and notated dances that have been adapted to other music.

 

 

 

For several years, Mr. Baird has choreographed dances in period style for performances by the Japanese baroque dance group, Fetes de Versailles. In 1999, Mr. Baird reconstructed a suite of ballroom and theatrical dances for the first collaboration between The Joffrey Ballet School and the Mannes School of Music. In 2000, Mr. Baird was named the Baker Artist - in - Residence at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. While there, he served as choreographer of the college's production of Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas", and taught twice - weekly baroque dance classes.

In 2002, Mr. Baird and Ms. Whitley-Bauguess were the choreographers of Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" as well as dancers in "The Fairy Queen" for the Dunbar Early Music Festival at Northwestern University. Also, this year, they co-choreographed and danced in John Blow's "Venus and Adonis" at East Carolina University.