Thomas Baird

Thomas Baird is a Historical Dance specialist, and is the co-director of Apollo’s Banquet, a New York City-based Baroque dance and music ensemble. He is the director of Dancing History, a program he has devised through which he teaches young people the history of dance through actual dances of the distant past. He teaches this program at dance schools throughout the US, as well as to musicians at the Westminster Choir College Solo Piano Workshop and the Curtis Institute.

For ten years, he directed the East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers University. Mr. Baird is a regular guest lecturer on Baroque Dance at The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, and the Manhattan School of Music. 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 is on the faculty of the Hartt School of Music where he also teaches movement for singers. He was the Period Movement Coach for the Broadway productions of O’Neill’s “A Touch of the Poet,” and, at 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. Mr. Baird taught Period Dance at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet during its inaugural year.

Thomas is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, having received his training from the Balance Arts Center in NYC, Ann Rodiger, director. He teaches the Alexander Technique privately, and in the Music and Dance Divisions of Purchase College and in the Dance Division of The Juilliard School.