Thomas Baird is a Baroque dance specialist and co-director of Apollo’s Banquet, a New York City–based Baroque dance and music ensemble. For 10 years he directed the annual 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 Manhattan School of Music. He is a faculty member of the voice/opera studies program in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where he teaches Movement Styles for Singers and choreographs the annual opera productions. 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.” In 2005, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut as a choreographer, providing period dances for Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” He has choreographed and performed period dances for the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts at Avery Fisher Hall for the past four seasons.
Mr.Baird is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, having received his training from the Balance Arts Center in New York City (Ann Rodiger, director). Mr. Baird is a guest faculty member in the Dance Division of The Juilliard School, where he teaches the Alexander Technique.