Paige Whitley-Baugess

Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess interprets, recreates, and performs Baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world. In addition to performing, she has stage directed baroque operas for the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Magnolia Baroque Festival, Peabody Conservatory, and East Carolina University and has produced two Baroque Dance DVDs, Introduction to Baroque Dance-Dance Types and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre. Paige gives numerous lectures and workshops at universities and museums and has served on the faculties of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University, and the Stanford Baroque Dance Workshop. She lives in the 18th-century town 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). 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. For more information, visit her Baroque Dance Website.




Baroque Dance Duo,  Paige Whitley-Bauguess & Thomas Baird

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.