Directory of Specialists in Early Dance

The Early Dance Working Group maintains a directory of scholars, teachers, performers, and choreographers whose expertise is in pre–twentieth-century dance. Colleagues in opera, theater, and dance companies, as well as others seeking assistance with dance or music, are welcome to contact the specialists listed here. They are available to work on projects involving the reconstruction, interpretation, teaching, or performance of early dance.

All those listed are current members of the Society of Dance History Scholars and have given permission to publish their names, notes on recent professional activities, and contact information. Their listing here does not imply endorsement by the Society of Dance History Scholars.

Lisa C. Arkin
  • Expertise: Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century dance, character ballet, folk dance
  • Specialties: Instruction in period dance technique, performance, lecturing, dance history, choreography/staging
  • Dance company: Directed the Oregon Ethnic Dance Theatre, 1988–1996; Khadra International Folk Ballet of San Francisco, 1982–1985
  • Institutional affiliation: Independent scholar
  • Professional activities: Author, "Bronislava Nijinska and the Polish Ballet, 1937-1938: Missing Chapter of the Legacy," Dance Research Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Autumn, 1992), pp. 1-1. 6Author, with Marian Smith, "National Dance in the Romantic Ballet," in Rethinking the Sylph: Perspectives on the Romantic Ballet, edited by Lynn Garafola (Wesleyan University Press, 1997). Author, "The Mazurka and the Krakovia: Two Polish National Dances in Michel St. Léon’s Dance Notebooks, 1829–1830," in SDHS conference Proceedings (1997). Author, "Continuity in National Dance Technique in Early Nineteenth-Century and Early Twentieth-Century Sources," in SDHS conference Proceedings (1998).
Thomas Baird
  • Expertise: Eighteenth-century dance
  • Specialties: Instruction in period dance technique, performance, choreography/staging, consultation, dance company direction, workshop direction
  • Dance company: Apollo’s Banquet
  • Institutional affiliation: Rutgers University, Department of Dance, Mannes College of Music, Purchase College Opera Conservatory
  • Professional activities: Apollo’s Banquet East Coast Baroque Dance Workshop, Mannes College of Music, Purchase College Opera Conservatory .
  • Contact: PO Box 523, Grand Central Station, NY, NY 10163
  • (T) 203-838-1904, (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • (W) http://www.apollosbanquet.com
Elizabeth A. Cain
  • Expertise: Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century dance
  • Specialties: Lecturing, music for dance, consultation
  • Institutional affiliation: Independent scholar
  • Professional activities: Transcription and translation of the Il Papa Manuscript, published on the New York Public Library Website (http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/dan/ilpapa.htm)
  • Contact: (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Joseph A. Casazza
  • Expertise: Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century dance
  • Specialties: Music for dance, paleography
  • Institutional affiliation: Library of Congress
  • Professional activities: Transcription of the Il Papa Manuscript, published on the New York Public Library Website (http://www.nypl.org/research/lpa/dan/ilpapa.htm). Practise for Dauncing Some Almans and a Pavan, England, 1570–1650: A Manual for Dance Instruction (http://users.erols.com/eacain/dance/Practise%20for%20Dauncinge.html)
  • Contact: (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Janelle Durham
  • Expertise: Fifteenth-, sixteenth-, and seventeenth-century dance
  • Specialties: Instruction in period dance technique, lecturing
  • Institutional affiliation: Independent scholar
  • Professional activities: "Dances from the Inns of Court, London, 1570–1675," self-published. "Western Dance, 1450–1650," Compleat Anachronist 101 (Summer 1999).
  • Contact: 1436 W. Lk. Sammamish Pkway. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008-5218
  • (T) 425-644-6128, (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sandra Noll Hammond
  • Expertise: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ballet
  • Specialties: Instruction in period dance technique and repertory
  • Institutional affiliation: Independent scholar
  • Professional activities: Author, articles on E. A. Théleur and Théleur notation systems, in Dictionnaire de la Danse (Larousse-Bordas, 1999). Author, Ballet Basics, 5th ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2003). Workshops: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ballet at Cenida Danza (Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, 1999); baroque dance for San Francisco Early Music Society Workshop (Dominican College, 2000); baroque dance for Baroque Woodwind Performance Seminar (Indiana University School of Music, 2002)). Guest lecturer for dance departments at Boston College (1999), Boston Conservatory (1999), California State University, Long Beach (1999), and Mills College (2000).Reconstructed and staged suite of ballet pieces from 1829-1830 for the Towson University Dance Company (2003). Master class "Nineteenth-Century Pre-Romantic Ballet," at the New Orleans International Ballet Conference, Dancing Through History/France, Spain, the Caribbean and Canada: Louisiana's Dance Roots 1750-1830. (2003).
  • Contact: (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rebecca Harris-Warrick
  • Expertise: Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century dance
  • Specialties: Dance history, music history
  • Institutional affiliation: Cornell University, Department of Music
  • Professional activities: Author, with Carol G. Marsh, Musical Theatre at the Court of Louis XIV: "Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos" (Cambridge University Press, 1994). Author, Recovering the Lullian Divertissement, Dance and Music in French Baroque Theatre (Institute of Advanced Musical Studies, Kings College, London, 1998). Author, articles on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century ballet and dance, s.vv. "Ballet" and "Dance," New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, rev. ed. (Macmillan Ltd., in press).
  • Contact: (T) 607-255-7141, (F) 607-254-2877, (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jennifer Nevile
  • Expertise: Fifteenth- and sixteenth-century dance
  • Specialties: Instruction in period dance technique, lecturing, consultation
  • Institutional affiliation: University of New South Wales
  • Professional activities: Author, "Dance and the Garden: Static and Moving Choreography in Renaissance Europe," Renaissance Quarterly 52.3 (September 1999).
  • Contact: 15 Dryden Road, Turramurra, NSW 2074, Australia
  • (E) jr (dot) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jane Skinner Peck
  • Expertise: Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century court dance and eighteenth-century folk dance of Europe and U.S.
  • Specialties: Instruction, choreography, and performance of the above for all ages. School shows, concerts with live music. Unique research into French-Indian dance of North America. Breton and French-Canadian dance. Commedia dell'arte performances with period dance and music. Regional dance history, music, and story. College workshops.
  • Dance company:Dance Revels Moving History
  • Institutional affiliation: independent artist/scholar/educator. Young Audiences of Minnesota roster and Minnesota Folk Arts Directory. SDHS.
  • Professional activities: SDHS Convener for Early Dance Study Group. Author of curriculum for public schools on 16-18th c. dance and social studies, specifically Core Knowledge Curriculum. MAEd degree with thesis on training teachers in movement in the classroom. Professional development for teachers through public schools.
  • Contact: (T) 612.823.0776; (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • (W) http://www.dancerevels.com
Ken Pierce
  • Expertise: Sixteenth-, seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century dance
  • Specialties: Instruction in period dance technique, performance, lecturing, choreography/staging, dance company direction
  • Institutional affiliation: Longy School of Music
  • Professional activities: Choreographer, director, and dancer,"Dances to Music by Haydn," Bard Festival, Bard College, 1997, and Les Festes de l’Amour et de Bacchus (Lully), semi-staged production with Tafelmusik, Toronto, 1997. Author, "Dance Notation Systems in Late Seventeenth-Century France," Early Music 26.2 (May 1998). Choreographer, director, and dancer, "Dances for Tirsi e Clori and Tempro la Cetra" (Monteverdi), with Clarion Music Society, New York, 1999.
  • Contact: (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Karen Silen
  • Expertise: Twelfth- and thirteenth-century French dance and performance
  • Specialties: Lecturing, choreography/staging, consultation
  • Institutional affiliation: University of California, Berkeley, interdisciplinary graduate student (all but dissertation)
  • Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Barbara Sparti
  • Expertise: Fifteenth-, sixteenth-, and seventeenth-century dance in Italy
  • Specialties: Instruction in period dance technique, lecturing, choreography/staging, consultation
  • Dance company: Formed and directed the Gruppo di Danza Rinascimentale, Rome, Italy, 1975–1988
  • Institutional affiliation: Independent scholar
  • Professional activities: Author, "Dancing Couples behind the Scenes: Recently Discovered Italian Illustrations, 1470–1550," Imago Musicae, International Yearbook of Musical Iconography, XIII (1996, printed 1998). Author, "Would You Like to Dance This Frottola? Choreographic Concordances in Two Early Sixteenth-Century Tuscan Sources," Musica Disciplina, 50 (1996, printed 1998). Author, "The Moresca and Mattaccino in Italy, circa 1450–1630," in Continents in Movement: The Meeting of Cultures in Dance History, edited by Daniel Terico (Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, 1999).
  • Contact: Via S. Onofrio 24A, Rome, Italy
  • (T/F) 39 06 687-3131, (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carol Téten
  • Expertise: The history of social dance in Western culture
  • Specialties: Social dance fads, their steps, and their relationships to social mores
  • Dance company: Founder and artistic director of Dance Through Time, 1980-1996
  • Institutional affiliation: Independent scholar
  • Professional activities: Chair, Dominican Dance Department, 1979–1985. Artistic director of Dance Through Time, 1980–1996, which toured nationally for ten years and performed with major cultural institutions in the San Francisco Bay area. Publisher, Dancetime Publications, 1997–present.
  • Web site: http://www.dancetimepublications.com
  • Contact: (T) 415-453-2989, (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Catherine Turocy
  • Expertise: 17-18th century dance and stage direction
  • Specialties: performance, reconstruction,Êchoreography, period movement, maskÊand gesture, teaching, lecturing
  • Dance Company: The New York Baroque Dance Company
  • Institutional affiliations: Visiting Artist/Lecturer Oberlin College
  • Professional activities: produce ballets and operas in NYC and festivals around the world
  • Contact: (E)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Website: http://www.nybaroquedance.org
Paige Whitley-Bauguess
  • Expertise: Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century dance
  • Specialties: Instruction in period dance technique, performance, lecturing, choreography/staging, music for dance, consultation, dance company direction
  • Dance company: Baroque Arts Project, Craven Historical Dancers, New Bern Dancing Assembly (youth)
  • Institutional affiliation: Independent scholar
  • Professional activities: Publisher and co-editor, Dance Music of the French Baroque, a series of scores and parts to accompany Feuillet-notated dances. Producer, narrator, and writer, Introduction to Baroque Dance–Dance Types, 2 vols., a video of dances reconstructed and performed by Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Thomas Baird, with musicians of the Baroque Arts Project.
  • Contact: 724 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28562
  • (T) 252-636-0476, (F) 252-636-2247, (E) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • (W) http://www.baroquedance.com
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