Catherine Turocy

Catherine Turocy

La Danse by Adolphe -William Bouguereau reflects the importance of dance in French culture.  His portrait of Mademoiselle Martha Hoskier hangs in the museum at Santa Barbara. She is beautifully dressed in the painting and one wonders what she must have looked like while dancing.  Join our faculty and students from the Santa Barbara Historical Dance Weekend Plus as we dance our way through time, linking the eras of the dances and the paintings to give a more physical understanding of the shared aesthetics between popular and high culture.


This free event offered at noon is co-sponsored by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the New York Baroque Dance Company funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. DIRECTIONS

Link to Opera

Artists: Carolyn Sampson, Chantal Santon, Tassis Christoyannis, Mathias Vidal, Alain Buet, Choir and Orchestra Concert Spiritual, dir. Hervé Nique

Mathias Vidal is our Pygmalion on this album with James Richman conducting!


Listen to Pygmalion!

Spring Series: The Baroque “Mouvement”

Gregory Youdan and Meggi Sweeney Smith

Gregory Youdan and Meggi Sweeney Smith

Come join in this three-part workshop, taught by Meggi Sweeney Smith, soloist and teacher for the New York Baroque Dance Company (NYBDC), and discover the movement of your Baroque dancing body.

Whether you are a

* Dancer looking to expand your stylistic range and understanding of where our modern forms began, a

* Historian, costumer, or archivist looking to bring your interests to life, or a

* Musician, actor or teacher hoping to experience the music of the body and enhance your own form,

…this class will offer a look at the Baroque culture and society and how its ideologies were embodied through the art form of dance.

Dates: March 15, April 26, and May 10

Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Location: Moving Visions Dance Studio 19 Murray Street, 3rd Floor (between Broadway and Church Street) New York, NY 10007

In Tribeca near 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, R, A and E trains

Cost: 3, 2-hour class Special – $60 for the full workshop ($20 per class reduced price)

Drop in price – $25 per class

(Pay by check or cash on first day)

Clothing: Please wear clothing that you can comfortably move in and bare feet or soft-soled shoes.

Day 1: Baroque Ideologies through the Dancing Body (March 15)

This introductory class will explore the foundations upon which this form was built, while using the other art mediums of the time to enhance our views of the movement. Participants will learn the most common Baroque steps and arm gestures and discover the rhythmic beauty when paired with Baroque music. We will explore the various social settings in which this form existed and finish with a joyous contra dance for all.

Day 2: Baroque Ornamentation and Spatial Architecture (April 26)

This second class will include a review of the foundations and then introduce the numerous variations that ornament the dance of this period. The second portion of this class will become an investigation of the spatial architecture of our Baroque body, both in the breath and space within the performer, as well as the external floor patterns and relationships that are so clearly refined in the beauty of these forms.

Day 3: Couple Dancing and Courtship in the Baroque Period (May 10)

This final class will begin with a warm-up of the dancing body and introduce some figures from the couple dances of the time. We will then shift our focus to the minuet steps and embrace the flirtatious courtship of this dance when it is paired with the secret fan and handkerchief language.

Questions about this workshop? Please contact Meggi Sweeney Smith at dance@meggisweeney.com

Richard Powers

Richard Powers

Richard Powers is giving a special focus to Regency Dance in addition to his Vintage Dance classes.



Bruno Benne is coming from France to teach period reconstructions as well as his innovative New Baroque contemporary choreography.

Bruno Benne



Catherine Turocy

Catherine Turocy

Catherine Turocy will be teaching Feuillet notation, period choreography and a Quadrille from late 18th century Versailles celebrating Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire.


Please join us at UCSB on June 27th for the Opening Ball celebrating all time periods.  Click here for more information!

Artist: Lagrenee

Artist: Lagrenee

Step into John Weaver’s The Loves of Mars and Venus as performed in London at the Drury-Lane Theatre (1717) in this two hour session exploring the challenges in reconstructing the pantomime from Weaver’s writings.

 Caroline Copeland, celebrated dancer known for her dramatic talents, will lead this special Dance of the Month Class at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Time: 3-5pm


Register now for our Santa Barbara Historical Dance Weekend, Weekend Plus where classes like the one above are offered as well as classes in specific dances ranging from 1588 to the 21st century:  Click Here!

Dear Friends,

2013 has been a year of expansion for The New York Baroque Dance Company and we would like to share this exciting news with you.

Sarah Armida jump

Sarah Edgar has been appointed Associate Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company. Based in Chicago, she is overseeing the company’s activities in the Midwest. She is the resident choreographer at the Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago, and adjunct professor in dance at Northwestern University. Performing with NYBDC since 1999, we are very happy to welcome her in this new relationship with the company. For an update on her activities, please visit this link: bio.

The pensive Fire

The pensive Fire, Caroline Copeland

Caroline Copeland has been appointed Director of Touchstone. Performing with the NYBDC since 1996, choreographer with the Boston Early Music Festival, adjunct professor in dance at Hofstra University, we are happy to welcome the creative guidance of Caroline in this new project of the company. For an update on her activities, please visit this link: bio

Touchstone, a new project of the NYBDC, is in development. Its mission is to bring free live performances to historical sites in New York City and the Hudson Valley such as Federal Hall, Fraunces Tavern, battlefields in Brooklyn and the Bronx, the Morris-Jumel Mansion as well as The Clinton House, The Creek Meeting House, Montgomery Place, Long Island historical sites… in addition to museum collections.  Combining dance, music, poetry, costumes and letters from the past, Copeland and artists of the NYBDC will bring these sites to life for today’s public. Seeing the past as “prologue” to the present and future can inspire feelings of community, preservation and pride of place. We hope to inspire, re-invigorate and grow our audiences by bringing our work to the streets and historical sites. In addition to traditional concepts of live performance, we also intend to use modern technology, video/sound installations and contemporary/historical performance art as the opportunities present themselves.

The Dance Program at Hofstra University, chaired by NYBDC member Rachel List, performed Catherine Turocy’s choreography for Mozart’s only ballet, Les Petits Riens, set by Caroline Copeland. This ballet served as an introduction for the students to early ballet. The video clip below reveals the importance of our work on the college level. Recent residencies have included Cornell University, Indiana University, Ohio State University, and the University of California in Los Angeles.

video clip 

Fanny CeritoSanta Barbara Historical Dance Weekend PLUS covers dances from the 17th to the 20th century with the goal of giving a fresh perspective to historical dance. The mixed student body of professional performing artists/ teachers and Vintage Dancers creates a vitality conducive to new creative thought .Our international faculty provides tools needed to extend students’ knowledge into the past. With the future in mind, experimental choreographers wishing to build new constructs based on historical works learn to realize their individual visions. Dances and lectures of the workshop are recorded and uploaded to the internet making our studies available to the students for further reference as they help to expand the reach of early dance exploration. This summer we are inviting Bruno Benne as our guest instructor from France to teach classes in Baroque dance as well as classes in the New Baroque experimental choreography currently the rage in Europe. Link to 2014 Weekend

Dance of the Month at the Mark Morris Dance Center held every first Saturday of the month continues to introduce and develop further study in historical dance. The general public and professional artists from ages 13 and up attend the class taught by members of the NYBDC. This is our seventh season offering these classes.

 Benjamin Millepied, most recently appointed to direct the Paris Opera Ballet beginning in 2014 (bio) and Edward Villella are two of the most well-known choreographers who have used the NYBDC as a resource for their historical research. Catherine Turocy and members of the company have been providing services for the community at large since 1976. The company archives and videos of past performances have been studied at the Dance Collection at Lincoln Center by Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown and Karole Armitage, among others. Link to the young Karole Armitage in NYC with an interview and an excerpt from her Watteau Duet at 33 seconds in: video link

Hall of Mirrors

In the last season Artistic Director Catherine Turocy has been an invited guest artist at the Early Dance Circle in London, Le Centre de Musi­que Baro­que de Versailles, l’Association pour un Centre de Recherche sur les Arts du Spectacle aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siè­cles, Le Centre de Recher­che du Châ­teau de Versailles with the support of the University of Paris-Sorbonne and has directed operas at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival and the University of Miami in Florida. In addition, her essays have been published in 2012-13 in Early Music America Magazine as well as two new books: Creating Dance: A Traveler’s Guide published by Hampton Press and Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies published by Oxford University Press.

 In the Future the NYBDC is working to offer its documentary video on ITunes and Ms. Turocy has recently been notified that books with her writings may soon be available to download on Kindles and other reading devices. The 2014-15 season includes plans for a Jean Philippe Rameau opera-ballet in collaboration with Opera Lafayette directed by Ryan Brown with the Seán Curran Company and Anuradha Nehru with her group, Kuchipudi Kalanidhi as well as a new production of Julius Caesar for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Given the amount of activity and the responsibilities The New York Baroque Dance Company performs, we would like to expand our administrator position to a full time post.

Please think of us in this season of giving and donate online through PayPal (look for PayPal Donate button in right sidebar on this page). If you prefer to mail a check, please make the check out to The New York Baroque Dance Company and mail c/o Rachel List, 141 East Third Street #2D, NYC, NY 10009. The New York Baroque Dance Company Inc. is a non-profit corporation under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue code. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you in advance for your interest and support which is deeply appreciated. We treasure your presence.


Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director

2014 Santa Barbara Historical Dance Workshops!   Marci Hall, Administrator for all Communications, Marci Hall <marci.hall@outlook.com>; phone: 972-771-7279


This innovative workshop covering dances from the 17th to the 20th century  aims to give a fresh perspective on historical dance. Video from past workshops  Teachers will provide tools needed to extend the students’ knowledge into the past and, with the future in mind, experimental choreographers wishing to build new constructs based on historical works will learn how to realize their individual visions. A special feature this year is a focus on Regency Dance with Richard Powers who will be teaching the 1802 Congo Minuet (advanced),  1825 Ecossaise,  1805-1820 Scotch 6-Hand Reel, Wilson’s 1816 French Waltzing,  1820s German Waltzes (advanced) and the Regency Lancers Quadrille. Teachers, professional dance students, Vintage dancers and dance enthusiasts as well as actors, musicians and those interested in cultural history are all welcome!  Dorms with a meal plan or hotels in town are available to our students with early registration. The weekend Survey Course covering all periods is a wonderful way to begin one’s study of different eras or to round out one’s experience of historical dance. Specializing in one era is also possible. Bruno Our Guest Teacher, Bruno Benne, Director of Beaux- Champs, a New Baroque dance company based in Paris, was chosen by Lucinda Childs in 2013 to be her choreographic collaborator for the opera, Alessandro by Handel, in which she did the stage direction and choreography. This practical experience in the opera world with Childs has given him a unique perspective on today’s developments in the New Baroque style. He has also worked extensively with Beatrice Massin and Marie Genevieve Masse in historical dance and will teach a reconstruction of Beauchamp’s Sarabande. Faculty also includes: Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director of the New York Baroque Dance Company, decorated by the French Republic as a Chevalier (knight) for her contributions to historical dance and  James Richman, harpsichordist and conductor of Concert Royal in NYC an d the Dallas Bach Society.

Combattimento with Matthew Buffalo and Alexis Silver

Combattimento with Matthew Buffalo and Alexis Silver

Catherine Turocy will be teaching her choreography for Il Combattimento Click here for review by Monteverdi, assisted by dancers Alexis Silver and Justin Coates CLASSES BEING PLANNED FOR 2014:  Richard Powers will be teaching “Dances of the English Regency Era and French First Empire (1804-1820).”  One of the dances includes a revised reconstruction of the Minuet Congo based on new information discovered this year! For those of you who would like to know more about 19th century dance please see:Richard’s web page In the area of notation, Catherine Turocy will incorporate teaching the basics of Feuillet notation in her beginning technique class and will offer a slightly different class in using Feuillet notation as a contemporary dance score. Period movement and staging are of great current interest. Richard Powers will offer a class focusing on “Period Movement for Stage: techniques on bringing the era, and the dances, to life onstage.” In honor of our French guest, Catherine Turocy will teach La Voltaire et La Franklein, a quadrille from the late 18th century which was sold at Versailles. (Please note that classes listed are subject to change.) LIST OF CLASSES AND TIMES,  classes taught by Bruno Benne,  Richard Powers and Catherine Turocy Complete Class Schedule DATES: WEEKEND: Friday evening, June 27*- Sunday afternoon, June 29 OR…    WEEKEND PLUS: Friday evening, June 27*-Tuesday, July 1 (*Early check-in on Thursday is available) REGISTER NOW! Deadlines: March 15, 2014 guaranteed dorm room/meal plan.  After this date reserving a dorm room/meal plan is still possible but it is on a first come/first served basis until the rooms are full. May 15, 2014 Cancellation Policy: After this date there are no returns on money for tuition or for dorms. May 30, 2014 Please be registered and paid in full by this date to guarantee your participation in the workshop.  We will accept registrations/payment after this date if there is still room in the classes; however, we encourage you to register as early as possible. Weekend Registration (2) Weekend Plus Registration (2)  Early Arrival Registration TUITION:     WEEKEND-$150 + $10 application fee + $15 video and video archival access.  If you are not staying on campus and need to pay only for tuition, Click here to pay online: https:/paypal for weekend tuition and application fee                                             WEEKEND PLUS -$300 + $10 application fee + $15 video and video archival access.  If you are not staying on campus and need to pay only for tuition, Click here to pay online: https:/paypal for weekend plus tuition and application fee Please note that the video and video archival access fee supports video documentation of the workshop, recording the dances which are taught as well as the lecture.  In addition, all teachers will upload their handouts in electronic form and students will receive the access link in an email following the workshop. This information is invaluable to teachers, choreographers and those who want to continue to work with the material in creative projects or in their own classes. ROOM AND BOARD is available on campus for single and double rooms. All rooms come with a meal plan and linens. Please refer to Price Plan List Below WEEKEND: Arrival check-in Friday June 27th – check-out Sunday June 29 Room and Board Single –  $220.00  For online payment with one click for tuition, room/ board, video and application fee: Plan A Room and Board Double – $176.00* For online payment with one click for tuition, room/board, video and application fee: Plan B WEEKEND PLUS:  Arrival check-in Friday June 27th – check-out Tuesday, July 1st  Room and Board Single –  $438.50  For online payment with one click for tuition, room/board, video and application fee: Plan C Room and Board Double – $350.50* For online payment with one click for tuition, room/board, video and application fee: Plan D IF YOU NEED TO CHECK IN ON THURSDAY, JUNE 26TH Room and Board Single (one night plus dinner and breakfast and lunch the following day) $108.63 For online payment: Plan E Room and Board Double (one night plus dinner and breakfast and lunch the following day) $86.28 For payment online: Plan F *two people must reside in a double occupancy room.  Roommate recommendations are available upon request. SCHOLARSHIP FUND DONATION If you wish to make a contribution to the Scholarship Fund through PayPal, please click here:  https:/paypal for Scholarship Fund SANDRA NOLL HAMMOND has contributed much to our workshop. Although she is now retired from teaching, she is still a consultant.  Please visit her website to learn more about her work:  Sandra’s Website