Tina Baird

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Tina Fretto Baird is a dancer, instructor and choreographer specializing in the art of jazz tap dance. She is the owner of Saratoga Jazz Tap, a studio where she mentors students, creates new works and produces concerts and festivals. Since 1991 she has taught at numerous schools and colleges throughout New England, New Jersey and New York, including Emma Willard and Skidmore College. She has performed at Jacob’s Pillow in Lenox, M.A., the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Symphonies”, The National Museum of Dance Gala “Singin’ In The Rain” with the Alex Torres Orchestra and in NYC at Zinno’s Jazz Tap Brunch with Barbara Duffy and the 42nd Street Supper Club under the auspices of Buster Brown. Over the last six years, Tina has produced several National Tap Dance Day Festivals in Saratoga, bringing in guest artists and musicians to teach and perform. She has choreographed productions for the Saratoga Springs HighSchool Spring Musicale and St. Clement’s Church, and serves on the Board of the Dance Alliance of the Capital Region and the Catholic Daughter’s of America. Tina is a protege of Brenda Bufalino and has been mentored by Barbara Duffy and Katherine Kramer. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts/Directing from the State University of New York at Albany and lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and daughter.