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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.

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Baroque Dance Online Winter Retreat
January 2nd -6th, 2023

All classes taught by Thomas Baird

 

I. Beginning Level Feuillet Notation Reading Course 9-9:55 AM (EST)

This course is for those who are unfamiliar with the Beauchamps-Feuillet System of Dance Notation. We’ll start with the basics using Feuillet’s Chorégraphie, 1701, which is downloadable from the Biblioteque Nationale de France.

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

This class is for those who have a basic understanding of the Beauchamp-Feuillet System of Dance Notation. Each day we’ll reconstruct a basic dance figure or figures to the music to which it was originally notated. This is an active, reading, reconstructing class for beginning level reconstructors. There is no warm-up for this class so please be warmed up and ready to go!

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. Intro to Spanish Baroque Dance 12-12:55 PM (EST)

This class will focus more on the how and what of the individual steps as well as reconstructing actual phrases. We’ll look at dance types such as Jacaras, Villanos, Folias, Pabana, Gallardas and others.

 

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

This combined level 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. Expect a ballroom dance and a theatrical dance phrase each day.

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

In this Retreat we will reconstruct the The Spanheim by Mr. Isaac, 1706 (L/M #8080). For a downloadable recording of the music click here. For advanced notation readers only. Dance notation available here. Must be enrolled in a technique class to participate.

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.

 

Classes I-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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