“Johnson is a craftsman and a poet; her works, which stress the ensemble and attend
closely to the music, have an ebb and flow in addition to a strong emotional current. ” The New Yorker, June 2017

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Upcoming Events

Dancers and the Dance: Exploring Interpretation

Dancers and the dance

December 2, 2018
The Ailey Studios
405 West 55th Street (at 9th Ave.)
New York, NY

A Sunday Afternoon Studio Showing With Discussion

In this afternoon salon event we will explore how individual dancers interpret a phrase while remianing true to the intention of the choreography. Timing, nuance, technical choices, artistic freedom and musicality will be demonstrated and discussed. Suggested $10 donation for admission. Free to dancers.


Recent Events

Free Community Performance

Free Community Performance

July 13, 2018
Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
Maplewood, NJ

In an event free to the community, The Lydia Johnson Dance professional company performed with student works. Excerpts included sections from “What Counts,” “Trio Sonatas” and the 2018 world premiere, “Undercurrent.”


New York Season 2018

2018 New York Season Postcard

June 6 through June 8, 2018
The Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th at 9th Avenue

An exciting program of four contemporary dance works in Ms. Johnson’s unique vocabulary, which stems from a ballet base. The pieces are set to music including contemporary masters Henryk Górecki and Philip Glass, as well as to the trio sonatas of Handel. read more...

BWW Dance World’s Barnett Serchuk writes, “ Its subtlety, its musicality, its ability to tell a story through dance without conjuring one up (that's left up to you), puts her choreography near the top of what I have seen recently. In fact, now I'd like to see her entire oeuvre.” Read more...


Benefit Party

2017 In The Studio Postcard

February 24, 2018
Maplewood, NJ

An annual event held at the home of one of our generous supporters in Maplewood.


LJD In The Studio

2017 In The Studio Postcard

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00pm
The Ailey Studios, 405 West 55th Street, New York City

Experience an intimate working session in the studio with LJD as Lydia coaches dancers learning the signature roles in her iconic ballet, "What Counts."


New York Season 2017

2017 Season Postcard

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday June 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30pm
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York City

Presenting four works including two world premieres. Music by Handel, Glass, Mellits and Golijov. Tickets $15 and $25 online at www.newyorklivearts.org, or by phone at 212.924.0077 and in person at the box office.


Moving Forward: Women Ballet Choreographers East and West

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8pm
Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street

Gemma Bond, artistic director of Gemma Bond Dance, Lydia Johnson, artistic director of Lydia Johnson Dance and Cherylyn Lavagnino, artistic director of Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance from New York City; Dalia Rawson, director of The New Ballet in San Jose; and Kathryn Roszak, artistic director of the San Francisco Bay area-based Danse Lumiere, are featured.

FAN: Moving Forward: Women Ballet Choreographers East and West

Friday, April 28, 2017 at noon
92nd Street Y, New York City

Choreographers Gemma Bond, Lydia Johnson, Cherylyn Lavagnino and Kate Thomas of New York, and Dalia Rawson and Kathryn Roszak of California present an hour of excerpted dances followed by a discussion with author Wendy Oliver on the unique place women ballet choreographers hold in the ballet, their future in the ballet, as well as on the recently formed Women Ballet Choreographers Institute at Djerassi. Oliver, author of Dance and Gender: An Evidence-Based Approach reads from her ground-breaking and newly-published (2017) book. Book sale and signing.

Annual Benefit Party

2017 Benefit Postcard

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:30pm
Maplewood, NJ

Join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate and support Lydia Johnson Dance. Dancers from the company and students from the school will perform. Light fare and dessert will be served, as well as wine and beer. Festive attire.

And bid on items in our online auction -- priceless dance experiences such as a VIP Night at the NYCB, a private dinner with our dancers, a pas de deux choreographed for your special occasion or a NYC rehearsal experience for your young dance student; plus yoga sessions, design and career consults, kick boxing, art, theater, and weekend getaways.


LJD at APAP

APAP Showing January 7, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
New York City Center, Studio 5, 130 West 56th Street, New York, NY

LJD will present a new work for nine dancers, set to the Trio Sonatas of Handel.


Fall Studio Showing

Fall 2016 Studio Showing

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 2:00pm

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Studio 2
248 West 60th Street
New York.



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Still photographs throughout the site by Julie Lemberger (© Julie Lemberger, 2004–2009) and Kokyat (© Kokyat, 2009), as noted.

All photos on this page by Julie Lemberger, except montage one, far right, by Kokyat.

Dancers pictured throughout our site are: Jessica Sand, Kerry Shea, Laura DiOrio, Lisa Iannacito, Eric Vlach, Jeremy Smith, Robert Robinson, R Colby Damon, Tammi Shamblin, John- Mark Owen, Marcos Vedoveto, Jesse Marks, Emma Stein, Tucker Ty Davis, Jennifer Lott, Jennifer Kelbe.

Updated site design and maintenance by Tom McGee; Design for publicity and web by Deanne Landress.

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