As a student, Ms. Baxley trained with Bojan Spassoff and Stephanie Wolf, both directors of The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. She also studied with teachers from New York City Ballet as well as Karena Brock Carlyle of American Ballet Theater. While in London England, Ms. Baxley studied at Covent Garden and continued her studies in New York City with David Howard and Michael Vernon of The Royal Ballet as well as Edward Villella of New York City Ballet and Gabriela Taub-Darvash of the Vagonova School in St. Petersburg, Russia. She won scholarships to The Alvin Ailey Ballet, The Harkness Ballet and The Joffery Ballet under the directorship of Robert Joffery.
Ms. Baxley began her professional career in New York City. Edward Villella principal dancer with New York City Ballet and director of Miami City Ballet, invited Ms. Baxley to join his company, Eglevsky Ballet and his touring company Edward Villella and Dancers. During this time she danced many principal roles. Among them, Balanchine’s Square Dance, Concerto Barrocco, and Allegro Brilliante. She danced as Mr. Villella’s partner in Shenandoah pas de deux, which he choreographed. She also received excellent reviews in the New York Post for her performance as The Blue Girl in John Clifford’s Fantasies.
As a dancer, Ms. Baxley has toured the United States with such stars as Mikhail Baryshinkov, Gelsey Kirkland and Natalia Makarova. Roles created especially for Ms. Baxley includes Edward Villella’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, Michael Vernon’s Recollections and New York City Ballet choreographer Richard Tanner’s La Peri.
Gaye loves sharing her knowledge of dance with her students. As a teacher, her students have been accepted into the most prestigious dance programs in the country. She is currently owner and director of the Madeleine Walker Coastal Ballet Theater in Savannah Georgia, where she has been training dancers of all ages for over twenty-five years.
Gaye is a guest teacher for schools and colleges throughout the southeast.
She is also a certified Vaganova syllabus instructor as well as a certified teacher of the American Ballet Theater’s National Training Curriculum Primary through Level Five. While serving on the Georgia Council for the Arts Individual Artist Panel she has reviewed and allocated funds for artists’ grant applications.