Baroque Dance Duo
Paige Whitley-Bauguess & Thomas Baird Baroque Dance Duo
Baroque Dancers PAIGE WHITLEY BAUGUESS and THOMAS BAIRD have collaborated exclusively as dance partners over the past twenty years. Together, they interpret, recreate and perform Baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world. A recent performance was described as “a window on the past…like being caught in a musical and theatrical time warp that reached my ears and eyes as a soft-focus vision of a quite spectacular moment in the history of western performance art,” (The Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC). Highlights of their artistic collaboration include repeat concerts with the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra of Vancouver, and Les Fêtes de Versailles in Japan; Bailles y Danzas, a program of Spanish music and dance performed with Chatham Baroque; and Harelquin Unmasked, music of the commedia dell’ arte performed with REBEL. The duo met in 1986 as members of the New York Baroque Dance Company.
THOMAS BAIRD co-directs Apollo’s Banquet, a New York City-based dance and music ensemble, and from 1998 to 2008, directed the annual East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University. Thomas lectures at the Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and teaches Movement Styles for Singers at the State University of New York –Purchase where he also choreographs the opera productions. Recently, he was the Period Movement Coach for the Broadway production of O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet, and, at Lincoln Center Theatre, Sheridan’s The Rivals. In 2005, he provided period dances for the Metropolitan Opera’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Thomas frequently choreographs and performs period dances for the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall.
PAIGE WHITLEY-BAUGUESS is director of the Baroque Arts Project in North Carolina and producer of two baroque dance DVDs featuring the duo's collaborative work: Introduction to Baroque Dance-Dance Types and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre. In addition to her artistic collaborations with Thomas, Paige has stage directed baroque operas for the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Magnolia Baroque Festival (with Baird), Peabody Conservatory, and East Carolina University. She has served on the faculties of Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Modern Early Music Institute, East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University, and Stanford Baroque Dance Workshop. 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.