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Portrait of Sammy Baird
Sammy Baird was a local KC dance instructor and vaudeville performer. This picture captures a profile view of Baird in a dancer's pose, effortlessly balanced on a single pointed toe with the other leg bent and lifted. She repeats the motion with her arms, holding a leveled hand to her front and back to conclude her overall balance. She looks down at a point before her with a calm, concentrated expression, although a bright swatch of light erupts in that space that resembles a burning fire. It simulates a reflection of light off of the silk material of her oriental attire that works to convey the elegance of her pose. She pairs her outfit with the short haircut and flashy headband characteristic of the flapper style. Hixon manipulation of the background creates a dynamism that contrasts Baird's composure.