LJD welcomes five new dancers and one new apprentice this fall season. Get to know the dancers and why they're excited to be a part of LJD, and come see them dance at the November 13th Studio Showing!
Dona Wiley, originally from Danbury, CT
"LJD first got onto my dance company radar because some people I have worked with kept mentioning Lydia Johnson as a choreographer they have a great deal of respect for - for the quality of her work and the quality of her as a person. Joining in this rehearsal process so far, I can wholeheartedly support their claims. Her work as a choreographer is thoughtful and, at its core, driven by the music, which I appreciate given my own love for music and learning to play the cello from a very young age. To work with the members of her company has been refreshing. Everyone conducts themselves in rehearsal with professionalism, kindness and meaning behind their work that is rare to find when freelancing in NYC. I'm thrilled to be a part of a company that has such a unified team of talented artists."
Hope Ruth, originally from Taipei, Taiwan
"I love dancing with all the beautiful and talented dancers, and I love the working process and Lydia's choice of music."
Blair Reavis-Tyler, originally from Washington, D.C.
"I am excited to work with such talented artists, and hopefully allow their artistry and individual nuances inspire my own work!"
Emma Pajewski, originally from Pittsburgh, PA
"Lydia and the company members have already established such a positive environment to work in. I appreciate Lydia's choreography because I find it human and emotional, without unnecessary dramatics. It combines simplicity and complexity in a way that constantly has me thinking. I really look forward to what I may learn and share throughout my time with this group of artists."
Lauren Treat, originally from Ilion, NY
"I'm excited to be working with LJD because I'm eager to become a more versatile dancer and experience the incredible NYC art scene."
Emily Wohl, apprentice, originally from Stockton, NJ
"I love that Lydia allows each dancer to be an integral part of her creation process. The company has been so welcoming, and the environment is really wonderful."