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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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New France Dance Project
Montréal, Quebec Canada
August 19th-24th, 2024

All classes taught by

Thomas Baird


Anne-Marie Gardette

Sample Daily Schedule (as of 5/20/24):


10-11:15 AM EST Mixed-Level Baroque Dance Technique Class for All Participants
11:15-11:30 AM Break

11:30-12:45 PM EST New France Dances (M,W,F)

11:30-1 PM EST Private Lessons with Tom (T, R)

12:45-2 Lunch

2-3:15 PM EST Courante & Menuet Class for ALL Participants

3:30-5 PM Ball Dance Practice in 2 studios


1:15-2:15 PM EST  Thursday August 22, Marie-Nathalie Lecoursiere Theatrical Masterclass


Workshop Parameters:

  1. Anyone who wishes to dance at the ball MUST enroll and attend the weeklong workshop.

  2. Spectators are allowed at the ball for the entrance fee of $50 which entitles them to refreshments but are only allowed to participate in group dances specified in the evening’s program.

  3. Private lessons at the workshop with Tom are to be arranged in advance and are not considered a part of the workshop package.


$750 Workshop and Ball

$1200 Workshop & Ball per Couple (Defined as one couple living in the same household)

$600 Workshop Only

$50 Private Lesson (30 minute)

$25 Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere Masterclass Only (8/22/24)

$50 per dance over two

$50 Ball Spectator Only (Watch the dances and partake in food and drink. Costumes are welcome)

Fees accepted via:

Pay Pal: or

Venmo: Thomas-Baird-20


Ball Dance Menu:

Aimable Vainqueur (L/M #1180)

L’Allemande (L/M #1200)

La Bourrée d’Achille (L/M #1480)

La Bretagne (L/M #1620)

La Carignan (L/M #1800)

La Courante (L/M #2300)

Gigue a deux (L/M #4940)

Menuet Ordinaire (Pierre Rameau)

Menuet a quatre (L/M #5560)

La Royalle (L/M #7560)


Please choose the dances you would like to perform at the ball and let me know by June 1st, 2024.

Workshop and ball payments due no later than July 19th, 2024.


The Dance Studios

L'Ecole Superieure 4816 Rivard Street, Montreal, H2J2N6 (you might want to look in this area for housing as we'll be there 5 days of the week. The area is known as Plateau Mont Royale)


The Ball

Chateau Ramezay, 280 Notre Dame Street, East, Old Montreal,H2Y 1C5 (this is in Old Montreal which is further from the studios)


Costume Rental in Montréal:


If you have any questions, please ask. Looking forward to seeing you in Montréal!!!

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