“For musicality and fine structuring, few people currently choreographing in the New York
dance scene can compare with Lydia Johnson. There is thought, passion and tenderness in her work, and a depth of musical
resonance that is very satisfying to behold.” —Philip Gardner, Oberon’s Grove

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Artistic Director Lydia Johnson has received the prestigious Individual Artist Fellowship Award from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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Upcoming Events

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Come to one or more nights of our popular pre-performance parties held each night of LJD's New York Season, June 4-7, 2014.

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New York Season 2014

New York Season Postcard

June 4-7 at 7:30pm
The Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street, New York City
Tickets now on available at SmartTix.


Recent Events

Open Studio Rehearsals

See LJD works in progress as Lydia Johnson and the dancers prepare for their June, 2014 New York Season. Check back for dates.


An Afternoon Salon with Deborah Wingert

Salon Series March 23, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2-3:30PM
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

A packed studio enjoyed an intimate dialogue with Lydia Johnson and LJD’s Ballet Mistress Deborah Wingert, watching their collaborative coaching in action as dancers performed excerpts of the company’s repertory. LJD is thrilled to be working with Ms. Wingert — a 15-year principal and soloist with New York City Ballet, chosen by George Balanchine to join NYCB at the age of 16.


Treasure for Treasure Party

Nye & Company Auction House
20 Beach Street, Bloomfield, NJ
January 25, 2015 6pm-11pm

A fantastic evening when NJ and NY patrons were treated to a live performance of Night in Dreams with Guest Artist Carlos Lopez. Thanks to all the LJD supporters for making our 2014 fundraising gala fun, successful and memorable.


Studio Showing

Studio Showing Nov. 3, 2013

MMAC (Manhattan Movement Arts Center)
248 West 60th St. (between 10th and 11th), New York, NY
November 3, 2013 at 2pm

LJD shared new phrases and sections from recent works. The afternoon included a Q&A with the company.

Guests experienced dance in the intimate setting in which it was created.


Performances at The Great Friends Dance Festival

Newport, Rhode Island
July 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27, 2013

LJD performed two beautiful works. On Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19, In Conversation (like breathing...like flying...), originally choreographed in 2003-04. The work for two couples was danced by Kerry Shea and Eric Williams, and Laura Di Orio and Anthony Bocconi. After viewing this work in 2009, Philip Gardner of Oberon's Grove wrote:

"Lydia Johnson became overnight one of my favorite contemporary choreographers...her dancers took the floor and within seconds I knew I had found something I loved...for me one of the most moving dance experiences in the last decade."

Thursday July 25, Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27, The Night of the Flying Horses, choreographed in 2012-13. The work was danced by Kerry Shea, Eric Williams, Laura DiOrio, Anthony Bocconi, Blake Hennessy-York, Sarah Pon and Katie Martin. After a 2013 performance of this work, NYC Dance Stuff's Darrell Wood wrote:

"Night of the Flying Horses is filled with sublime imagery, moments of the dance I can still see in my mindís eye. Itís a beautiful and emotional work, a dance that stays with you long after you have seen it... Ms. Johnson reached in and pulled Night of the Flying Horses from her heart.

Read Philip Gardner's article on our rehearsals for the Festival.

New York Season 2013

June 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street, New York.

Two world premieres set to Osvaldo Golijov and Franz Schubert.


Open Studio Rehearsal

March 17, 2013

“Simply from watching a few minutes of ensemble work from the new Schubert, it’s evident this is going to be one of Lydia's most memorable works.” —Read more of Philip Gardener’s article at Oberon’s Grove


Studio Showing

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Manhattan Movement Arts Center
New York

LJD showed: Crossings, excerpts from Change of Heart, and a preview of a work in progress set to Osvaldo Golijov.


NPR's Julie Burstein interviews Lydia

February 23, 2013

The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts
New Jersey

LJD performance and panel discussion moderated by Julie Burstein, creator of NPR's Studio 360, following viewing of Wim Wendersí 2012 film PINA. In his Academy Award-nominated film, Wenders captures the sensual and visually stunning world of renowned late German choreographer Pina Baush.


Free Performance and Presentation

December 31, 2012

LJD's dancers performed excerpts from Lydia Johnson's works, broken down into their design elements and discussed, followed by a Q&A with the choreographer and dancers.


LJD New York Season 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012 and Sunday, June 24, 2012

LJD performed four works, including two premieres, at The Peridance Theater in New York. Music by: Philip Glass, J.S. Bach, Osvaldo Golijov. Guest Artists included dancers from the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and others formerly with New York City Ballet.


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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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