DANCING HISTORY

Thomas Baird has taught Historical Dance for over 35 years. In master classes at The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Purchase College, as well as his open classes in New York City, he teaches Baroque Dance technique, dance types and rhythms of the Baroque, and offers phrases from reconstructed dances preserved in Feuillet notation. He teaches dances from the Italian Renaissance at Dance Masters Classes in Urbania, Italy, and has taught 19th-century ballroom dances, as well as Ragtime era dances at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Dance. Mr. Baird choreographed the Metropolitan Opera production of Alfano's Cyrano De Bergerac in 2005 and 2017. He has worked with the New York Philharmonic since 2006, where he has choreographed and performed historical dances from different eras for the Young People's Concerts. His period-style work has also been seen on Broadway in Sheridan's School for Scandal and O'Neil's A Touch of the Poet.

Baroque Dance Online Summer Retreat
July 25-29, 2022

All classes taught by Thomas Baird

 

I. Basic Baroque Music Class 9:30-10 AM (EST)

Learn about note values, rests, measures, and dance types. Find out what makes one dance type different from the others, start to develop or expand your ideas of inner rhythm. Learn to count and stay in rhythm – be your own metronome!

 

II. Level I Feuillet Notation Reconstruction 10-10:55 AM (EST)

You’ve read through a bunch of Feuillet notated dances, now what? In this class we’ll reconstruct basic dance phrases to the music to which they were notated. This is an active, reading, reconstructing class for beginning reconstructors.

 

III. Level A Baroque Dance Technique 11-11:55 AM (EST)

Class will begin with a set Baroque Dance warm-up. You will learn basic Baroque Dance steps and phrases from notated dances including bourrée, sarabande, menuet, gavotte, and gigue. This class is for those who have dance experience in other dance styles, or very basic Baroque Dance experience.

 

IV. Level C Baroque Dance Technique 12-12:55 PM (EST)

Class will begin with a set Baroque Dance warm-up and will include port de bras, steps such as pirouettes on one leg, entre chats, and cabrioles. There will be exercises for specific steps and we’ll dance typical theatrical dance phrases like chaconnes, passacailles, gavottes, entrées graves, loures, folias, and canaries.

 

V. Level B Baroque Dance Technique 1-1:55 PM (EST)

Class will begin with a set Baroque Dance warm-up, and will include port des bras, step exercises and phrases from the Notation and Reconstruction Classes. As many different dance types as possible will be included throughout the week.

 

VI. Dance Reconstruction Class 2:15-3:15 PM (EST)

In this Retreat we will reconstruct the Entrée de Deux, “dancée par Mr Dumoulin lainé et Mlle Chaillon a l’opera d’hezione” by Louis-Guillaume Pécour, 1713 (L/M #2860). For advanced notation readers only. Must be enrolled in a technique class to participate. For materials for this class, click on the underlined dance title above for access to the notation from the BNF. A recording of the music can be purchased on Amazon. Search for: Lully: Acis et Galatée Premiere Air by Mark Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre). The tempo is a little too fast, but I can suggest one of two apps that you can buy: Barre Notes or The Amazing Slow Downer. The ASD is really easy to use and pretty flexible.

 

VII. Private Coaching or Learn a Baroque Dance 3:30-6 PM (EST)

Choose a dance or one part of a dance (duet or a solo) to learn from notation or be coached in a dance that’s already in your repertoire. Students are allotted 30 minutes during this time slot each day. Must be enrolled in a technique class to participate.

 

Class I $5/day

Classes II-VI each $10 per day

Class VII $20/per each 30-minute session*

 

Fees accepted via Pay Pal: Louixiv203@att.net or Venmo: Thomas-Baird-20

 

If you have any questions, please ask. Looking forward to seeing you at the retreat!!

 

* This fee is offered only as a part of this particular Retreat. Private lesson fees outside of this Retreat are higher.

 
 
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My Baroque Dance Online Winter Retreat will be January 2nd-6th, 2023.

 
 
 
 
 
Contact Me

203-838-1904 or 917-435-8787

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"All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing."

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"All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing."

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Dancing History

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