"Baker absorbed additional old-school influences as the drummer for the song-and-dance revue 'Sophisticated Ladies.' A former ballet dancer himself, Baker learned volumes from accompanying such African-American dance legends as Gregory Hines and Harold Nicholas. 'They executed everything a little ahead of the beat,' notes Michael. 'That way, by the time the audience perceived the motion, the beat had arrived. Nothing was right on the beat, but it felt like it was right in time from the audience's perspective." - Zildjian online .