July 13 - 18, 2008

The East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop offers intensive study in the technique and style of baroque dance, and explores performance practices that bring the art of 18th century dance to vivid life. A necessary tool for choreographers, dancers, musicians, and actors, this course seeks to inform and expand your present knowledge of the period. The workshop is located an hour away from New York City on the rolling, tree-lined campus of Rutgers University.

On-campus apartments house two occupants in private bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Linens, towels, pillows, three meals per day (M-F) and parking are included in the housing fee.

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 Course of Study

On our Tenth Anniversary, we will celebrate by reconstructing and dancing some of the most famous ball and theatre dances of the eighteenth century! The dances under study, will be those that were originally notated in France, but were also danced at other European courts, and sometimes re-notated.

l'Aimable Vainqueuer, published in 1702, was performed throughout Europe during the 1700s. To Baroque dancers who are already familiar with this popular ball dance, we offer a unique opportunity to reconstruct the Portuguese version from 1751. Beginning level Baroque dancers will reconstruct Le Menuet d'Alcide, published in the 1708/09 recueil with music by Marin Marais. For Theatre Dance, intermediate and advanced level Baroque dancers will reconstruct the Saraband (Issée, 1697) which was "danc'd' by Monsr. Marcell and Madle. Menais at paris 1720" but published in England (ca. 1725). We will also look at the multi-cultural reach of dance notation and examine several different examples of notation techniques used in other European courts.


Thomas Baird, an internationally known Baroque dance specialist who performs and teaches throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, and Japan. He is the co-director of Apollo’s Banquet, a New York City-based performance ensemble of period dancers and musicians, which, along with the Rutgers University Dance Department, has co-sponsored the annual East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop since 1998. Mr. Baird is a regular guest lecturer at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of the Opera Division at the State University of New York at Purchase and the Mannes School of Music. For the past fourteen years Thomas has collaborated exclusively with dance partner Paige Whitley-Bauguess, who, together, create and perform Baroque dance concerts in venues all over the world. Highlights of their collaboration include concerts with the Little Orchestra Society at New York’s Lincoln Center and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra of Vancouver, their reconstruction of the courtly entertainment Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos (premiere) in Tokyo and Shizuoka, Japan, as well as Bailles e Danzas, a program that they created especially for performances with the early music group Chatham Baroque. Mr Baird was the period movement coach for the Broadway productions of Sheridan’s The Rivals (Lincoln Center Theatre) and O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet (Roundabout Theatre Company). In 2005 he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the choreographer for Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac. This season he has choreographed, performed and taught dances from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods for the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall.

Tuition and Housing

Workshop tuition: $500.00 (USD)

Workshop tuition will be collected at registration.

Housing: Housing fee is $550.00 per person.

Housing fees are due no later than June 20, 2008. Should participants cancel before June 20th, a refund will be issued minus a $100.00 cancellation fee. Please note: Refunds for housing cannot be issued for cancellations made after June 20th, 2008.

Participants should plan to arrive on Sunday, July 13 in time to check in and register between 12:00 and 2:00, and prepare for a dance class at 4:30. Directions and schedules will be mailed after receipt of the housing fee. First time attendees are asked to include a short description of their dance background with application and housing fee. Please make all checks payable to Thomas Baird and send to:

PO Box 523, Grand Central Station, New York, NY, 10163.



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Hugh Murphy is co-founder and musical director of Apollo’s Banquet, an ensemble of dancers and musicians that presents concerts of 18th century choreographies with their original accompanying music, to consistently high critical acclaim. His dance career included international performances in principal and leading roles with classical, modern, and Baroque dance companies. Hugh is currently a Professor of Music, the Conductor of Opera, and Head of the Musical Staff in the Voice program at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, State University of New York, where he also teachers classes in German and French art song and early operatic styles. He was Conductor and Music Director for Purchase Opera’s productions of Hånsel und Gretel (2004) and Dialogues of the Carmelites (2005) which won first place in the National Opera Association’s College Opera Competition.

Makoto Ito, a violinist from Tokyo, Japan, is a professor of Music in the Department of Education at Saitama National University. He has performed with the Bach Collegium Japan and the Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra, and was invited to accompany Baroque dance classes at the Sapporo Early Music Festival and the Tsuru Early Music Festival. Since 1997, he has organized and performed in “Fête de Versailles” with Yasuko Hamanaka, and special guest artists Thomas Baird and Paige Whitley-Bauguess. He holds a BA and MA from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts.

Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess interprets, recreates, and performs Baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world as a soloist and with her dance partner Thomas Baird. Last season Paige appeared with Andrew Lawrence-King as Guest Artist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, served as Guest Stage Director and Choreographer at the Peabody Conservatory for Pastorale & Masque - Miniature Masterpieces from the Dawn of Opera, and Stage Directed Mozart's Il re pastore at East Carolina University. In 2004, she directed ECU's production of Handel's Acis et Galatea. Paige lives in the 18th-century town of New Bern, NC, where she teaches historical dance and ballet, co-directs the Baroque Arts Project with Baroque Trumpeter and husband Barry Bauguess, and directs two historical social dance troupes (youth and adult). She has produced two Baroque Dance DVDs, Introduction to Baroque Dance-Dance Types, funded in part by an NC Choreographer's Fellowship, and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre, released in July 2005. She also publishes Dance Music of the French Baroque, performing editions of music to accompany notated dances. Whitley-Bauguess holds an MA in Dance History from the University of California at Riverside and a BFA in Ballet from the NC School of the Arts where she also attended high school.

The Wendy Hilton Baroque Dance Scholarship

The Wendy Hilton Baroque Dance Scholarship was established in 2003 in honor of the eminent Baroque dance performer, teacher, scholar, and author. This scholarship enables a student who is seriously devoted to the study of Baroque dance, who demonstrates financial need, and is under the age of twenty-five to attend The East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop. Applicants must submit a dance resumé, a letter of recommendation from their teacher, and a video tape of themselves dancing in Baroque style to:

Thomas Baird
16 Alewives Road
Norwalk, CT 06850

Please e-mail inquiries to Mr. Baird at: Louixiv203@aol.com.

The 2007 East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop

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