Open Rehearsal

LJD will host an open rehearsal on Sunday, May 3, from 2-4:30pm, at the Gelsey Kirkland Studios in downtown Manhattan. This is a unique opportunity to witness the dynamic collaboration between choreographer Lydia Johnson and Ballet Mistress Deborah Wingert. Lydia and Deborah will work with the dancers on various repertory pieces that will be performed at the LJD 2015 Season in June. Deborah is a former Balanchine ballerina and will also lead the LJD dancers in a company ballet class, from 1-2pm, which is open to viewing as well. The studios are located at 355 Broadway, between Franklin and Leonard Street. 



LJD Dance Camp


LJD is currently accepting registrations for LJD Dance Camp, which will run from July 6 to July 24, at the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood, NJ. The camp is from 9am-1pm, Monday through Friday, and is open to dancers from first grade through high school, beginner through advanced levels. Students may participate in one, two or three weeks.

LJD company members, including Katie Martin-Lohiya and Brynt Beitman, will teach contemporary and ballet classes, and students will also have the opportunity to learn about choreography and composition and will choreograph their own dances.


Register online or mail in an application, found here


Dancer Spotlight: Katie Martin-Lohiya



Katie Martin-Lohiya, LJD dancer since 2012, is originally from Barrington, IL, and started dancing at the age of two, when her parents noticed her constantly dancing around the house. She has studied at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Lou Conte Dance Studio, River North Dance Chicago, Gus Giordano and Hubbard Street. During high school, Katie apprenticed with TJ and Company and got a true taste of what life would be like as a professional dancer.  


Katie attended Pittsburgh's Point Park University for a year, followed by a semester abroad in Paris, France, where the idea of living in a big city spoke to her. She then transferred to Marymount Manhattan College, where she went in to receive her BFA in Dance. Katie first experienced Lydia Johnson's choreography through workshops offered at Peridance.


"Her style immediately spoke to me," she says. "I loved the fusion of ballet and contemporary. I had seen videos of the company online and really enjoyed her choreography."


In 2012, Katie became an apprentice with LJD and returned the following year as a full-time company member.


"My favorite part about dancing for Lydia is that she allows for each individual's artistic expression," she says. "There is a certain freedom in her work that is wonderful to experience as a dancer. That's not always the case with some choreographers. Additionally, the LJD dancers are like a family. Everyone is so supportive of one another, and there is a strong sense of community. In my opinion, that translates really well on stage. When we are all working with and for each other, it elevates the work to a new level."





Katie says her favorite work to dance in the LJD repertory is Night of the Flying Horses (2013), which includes her first featured role with the company.

"There is a really special moment I will always remember in that piece, and it actually happened offstage, which demonstrates the strong sense of community LJD dancers possess," she adds. "At the beginning of the second section, we would all hold hands, give an encouraging squeeze and take a deep breath together before running on stage. It was something we never choreographed or talked about but just started happening each time we performed. That ritual helped us stay in tune with each other and put us in the right mindset for the piece. Night of the Flying Horses was a challenging piece but ultimately very rewarding and one that I will always be grateful for."


As well as dancing with the company, Katie also teaches contemporary for The LJD School and will serve as the Assistant Director of this July's LJD Dance Camp. She enjoys working with kids and honors the unique element of The LJD school - that the students have the opportunity to choreograph their own dances.


"Each week, they learn new elements of choreography, such as canons, counterpoint, partnering and spatial design," Katie explains. "It's pretty amazing to watch a first or second grader intelligently speak about a dance they just saw. Most dancers will not get that type of choreography education until college."


When Katie's not dancing or teaching, she says she enjoys cooking, swimming and exploring new restaurants with her husband.


Come see Katie in all four repertory pieces at this June's LJD NYC Season!


LJD 2015 NYC Season


LJD will present its 2015 NYC Season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Thursday-Saturday, June 11-13. The 10-member company will perform two world premieres: What Counts, set to music by popular jazz trio The Bad Plus; and a yet-to-be-titled work set to music by contemporary American composer Mark Mellits and Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, whose work has inspired other Lydia Johnson choreography. The company will also show 2014's Barretts Mill Road: A Remembrance, with music by Mozart, a piece that captures the elegance of past days and of people who now exist only in memories. 2010's Untitled Bach, a work simply inspired by the beauty of Bach's Violin Sonatas and Partitas, will also be revived.


This season, LJD has been working closely with Ballet Mistress Deborah Wingert, both in a weekly company ballet class and in coaching sessions during rehearsal. Deborah is helping to unify the dancers in style and to smooth and clarify partnering passages.


All three performances will be held at 7:30pm, with the option of a Patron Circle Party, with pre-show cocktails, offered prior to each performance. A Post-Performance Blast with the Dancers will also be offered following the show on Saturday, June 13.


General Admission tickets are $25; dancers and students pay $15. For party information and tickets, head to                                                                    info@lydiajohnsondance,org