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About Thomas Baird

Thomas Baird

Thomas Baird is a Historical Dance specialist, and a teacher of the Alexander Technique. He has performed and taught historical dance throughout the US, Canada, Japan, and Finland. Via his program, Dancing History, he teaches the history of dance through actual reconstructions from the 15th through the early 20th centuries. He has presented this program in dance and music schools in the US and Italy. Mr. Baird is a regular guest lecturer on Baroque Dance at The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, The Curtis Institute, and the Manhattan School of Music. For ten years he directed the East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University. He is a long-time faculty member of the Opera Division at SUNY Purchase where he teaches Movement Styles for Singers and choreographs the annual opera productions.

He served as the Period Movement Coach for the Broadway productions of O’Neill’s “A Touch of the Poet” starring Gabriel Byrne, and, for Lincoln Center Theater, Sheridan’s “The Rivals.” He also choreographed period dances for the Metropolitan Opera production of Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” starring Placido Domingo. Since 2006 he has choreographed and performed period dances for the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall.

Thomas is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, having received his training from the Balance Arts Center in NYC, Ann Rodiger, director. A member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique, he has private practices in New York City and Norwalk, CT, as well as teaching on the faculties of the Dance Division of The Juilliard School and the Music and Dance Divisions at Purchase College. He has presented Alexander-based workshops at the Freedom to Move and the Freedom to Write Conferences in NYC since 2009.

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