Upcoming Salon Series: Genesis of a Dance
LJD continues its Salon Series with this fall's studio event, Genesis of a Dance, to be held at DANY Studios on Sunday, November 1, at 2pm. This Salon will focus on the process of generating a new work. The LJD dancers will perform excerpts from a new work that Lydia is currently choreographing, as well as recent works. There will be a discussion focusing on the process Lydia uses as she begins a new piece. As always, this event is FREE! Come enjoy a glass of wine and an afternoon of dance and discussion!

(DANY Studios is located at 305 W. 38th St., at 8th Ave.) 
Dancer Spotlight: Min-Seon Kim
Min-Seon Kim and Chazz McBride during a studio showing of 'Giving Way', Photo by Dmitry Beryozkin
LJD dancer Min-Seon Kim, who joined the company in spring 2012, is quite the versatile mover and adds her unique understanding of different dance styles to the movement of LJD repertory.
Originally from BuCheon, South Korea, Min started her ballet training at Swan Ballet School. She explains that she was an extremely active child with much energy.
"My mother put me into art class, calligraphy class, baduk (a Korean board game) class to discipline and cultivate calm in me," Min recalls. "She realized sitting still did not help. And that's how I ended up in a dance class."
She had only studied ballet until high school, when, at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Min took her first Martha Graham-based modern class. Min went on to attend Marymount Manhattan College, where she continued to be exposed to other choreographers and ways of moving. She found herself actually more interested in modern-based contemporary work and was eager to find a place in a company of that style upon graduation.
When Min auditioned for LJD and witnessed Lydia's fusion of ballet vocabulary with contemporary movement, however, the "ballerina" inside of Min was intrigued.
"I noticed myself enjoying this strong ballet vocabulary," Min adds. "It felt good. And I received good, welcoming energy from Lydia and the company members on the first day of rehearsal."
Since then, Min has learned and originated many roles in the LJD repertory. One of her favorite works is
Night of the Flying Horses, in which she at first understudied dancer Sarah Pon's role and will perform in the work this season. In
Giving Way, last year's premiere and another of Min's favorites, Min was able to develop a deep partnering relationship with Chazz McBride, as Lydia set many passages for these two dancers who move beautifully together.
"I felt that, during the creative process, Lydia explored more deeply my natural way of moving," Min says of Giving Way.
Perhaps this freedom of individuality is Min's favorite part about dancing with LJD. "In LJD, dancers have individuality and their personal interpretation of Lydia's work and still look together as one," Min explains. "Also, company members are aware of each other's energy, creating an atmosphere and storyline together. I love working in this environment and feel so lucky to be in a company full of movers with awareness."
In addition to her work with LJD, Min has also been dancing a completely different style over the past few years: Korean Pop (K-Pop) dance, which uses hip hop and street style choreography to the tune of Korean pop music. She dances with a crew called I LOVE DANCE and performs in Korean culture-related events around the New York area.
When not dancing, Min says she enjoys personal time at home, likes to cook or bake and watch movies.
"It sounds cheesy, but I feel alive when I dance," she says. "Movements created through me, being able to express, interact with one another, being inspired and inspiring others make me realize how awesome it is to be a mover."
Come see Min at LJD's upcoming Genesis of a Dance Salon and also at the company's March 2016 NYC Season!
Min in 'Giving Way', Photo by Nir Arieli-2
Save the Date! LJD Announces 2016 NYC Season!
Mark in your calendars - LJD's 2016 NYC Season! The company will perform for three evenings, Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12, at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. Repertory will include last year's premieres of Giving Way and What Counts, a revival of Night of the Flying Horses (2013) and a brand new work.
Dancers include Brynt Beitman, Laura Di Orio, Blake Hennessy-York, Min-Seon Kim, Katie Martin-Lohiya, Sarah Pon and Oliver Swan-Jackson. Deborah Wingert will again be the company's Ballet Mistress.
In case you missed it, check out LJD's rave New York Times review from last season! Read it here

Giving Way in Performance. Photo by Nir Arieli
Sarah Pon, Katie Lohiya and Laura Di Orio in 'What Counts', Photo by Nir Arieli
Brynt Beitman and Laura Di Orio in 'Giving Way', Photo by Nir Arieli
LJD Welcomes New Apprentices
Please join us in welcoming three new LJD apprentices, who all began taking class and rehearsing with the company this fall. Welcome, Heather Conn, Audra Edwards and Yuki Ishiguro! 

 LJD apprentice Heather Conn
LJD apprentice Audra Edwards
LJD apprentice Yuki Ishiguro
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