Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess interprets, recreates, and performs Baroque theatre dance in venues all over the world as a soloist and with her dance partner Thomas Baird.
2009-2010 performance highlights included a new program created with Thomas Baird for REBEL titled Harlequin Unmasked and a solo program performed with Atlanta Baroque Orchestra (photos) and Pegasus Early Music in Rochester, NY. Thomas and Paige created new works, Monteverdi’s Tirsi e Clori and Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, for the Magnolia Festival in June 2010. In early April 2011, the duo will be in residence at University of Iowa for masterclasses and a performance.
During 2008, Paige performed in Calgary and Chicago with Thomas Baird and Chatham Baroque (photos by Robert Osterlund, Early MusiChicago) ; in Tokyo with Yasuko Hamanaka, Thomas Baird, and Barry Bauguess (photos by K. Miura); and in Raleigh with Mallarmé. She was also Stage Director, Choreographer, and Lead Dancer for the Bloomington Early Music Festival opera in May, Alessandro Scarlatti’s Tigrane (dress rehearsal photos by Kevin Atkins), and returned to teach at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute in late June. At the Magnolia Baroque Festival in June, Thomas and Paige choreographed and performed semi-staged scenes from Purcell’s King Arthur and The Fairy Queen with members of the New Bern Dancing Assembly (photos).
Paige has also appeared with Andrew Lawrence-King as Guest Artist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, served as Guest Stage Director and Choreographer at the Peabody Conservatory for Pastorale & Masque – Miniature Masterpieces from the Dawn of Opera (see Pastorale & Masque photos here), and Stage Directed Mozart’s Il re pastore and Handel’s Acis et Galatea at East Carolina University.
Paige lives the foothills of North Carolina, where she teaches historical dance, co-directs the Baroque Arts Project with Baroque Trumpeter and husband Barry Bauguess, and directs two historical social dance troupes (youth and adult). She has produced two Baroque Dance DVDs, Introduction to Baroque Dance-Dance Types, funded in part by an NC Choreographer’s Fellowship, and Dance of the French Baroque Theatre, released in July 2005. She also publishes Dance Music of the French Baroque, performing editions of music to accompany notated dances.
For twenty years Paige has collaborated with dance partner Thomas Baird! Prior to teaming up, they were both members of the New York Baroque Dance Company, then under the co-direction of Catherine Turocy and Ann Jacoby.
The duo’s critically acclaimed collaborations have excited and educated audiences in the US, Canada, and Japan, garnering repeat invitations for the duo to work with some of the finest Baroque music groups in the world. Highlights include repeat concerts with the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra of Vancouver, their reconstruction of the courtly entertainment Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos in Tokyo and Shizuoka, Japan, Bailles y Danzas, a program they created especially for performances with Chatham Baroque, and Harlequin Unmasked, a program of commedia dell’ arte dance and music with REBEL.
As a master teacher, Paige has served on the faculties of Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, Modern Early Music Institute, and the East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop at Rutgers and has given masterclasses and lectures at numerous universities, conservatories, and museums in Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, and the United States. From 1992-98 she was on the faculty of the Stanford Baroque Dance Workshop under the direction of Wendy Hilton and from 1991 to 2001, she owned Down East Dance, a dance school in New Bern, NC. Prior to serving as the Craven Community College Visiting Artist from 1989 to 1991, she directed the Pre-Professional Dance Program at the NC School of the Arts.
Whitley-Bauguess holds a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching from Appalachian State University, 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.