New Male Dancers at LJD


LJD is happy to welcome two new male dancers to the company: Adrian Silver and Brynt Beitman. Both dancers will perform in LJD=80=99s February 28th performance in New Jersey and during the 2015 NYC Season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, June 10-13.

ADRIAN SILVER Photo by Philip Gardner

Adrian Silver trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and later at LINES Ballet. He has danced with Oakland Ballet, Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Martin Lofsnes, Cherylyn Lavagnino and Martha Clarke, for whom he also directs. He also has a BA in English and Poetry from Colby College and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.

When asked about his favorite aspect of dancing, he says, "It sounds trite, but I love the sensation. I love the moment when your body takes over and leaves your brain aside to observe it all."
He first heard about LJD just before going back to grad school and taking a hiatus from performing. After he received his degree this past May, Adrian attended a performance at LJD's June NYC Season and wrote to Lydia the next morning
"I loved the combination of technique and ease in the dancers' bodies and the musicality that gave each piece a clear shape," he says. "I'm most excited about the opportunity to push my artistry and technique and benefit from being around this amazing group. It's a supportive environment that makes me look forward to being in the studio."


BRYNT BEITMAN Photo by Philip Gardner

Brynt Beitman attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas, Texas, and then went on to earn a BFA from The Juilliard School. He also dances with Heidi Latsky Dance, Nicholas Andre Dance and TAKE Dance.
On being a dancer, Brynt says, "I love to move. I love the constant challenge. I love being able to focus only on what's going on inside the studio. I prefer rehearsal to performance. For me, that is where the real work is. The unfolding of the connection to the work and to my own body is what interests me the most."
Brynt says he first came across LJD through a Facebook post by dance blogger Philip Gardner of Oberon's Grove. He looked at photos, watched videos of the company online and kept LJD's name in mind until the recent men's open call.
"The dancers are lovely, and the work has a clear, polished voice of its own," he says. "I'm really into the rehearsal vibe. Everyone is easy to work with. Also, we get to be ourselves in the work. I like that Lydia has a movement idea and applies it in a practical, organic way to our bodies."
LJD is excited to have both Adrian and Brynt on board for this coming season! Lydia says, "I'm thrilled to have Adrian, who has a deep sensitivity to music and a nuanced emotional quality when he dances, and Brynt, who is a fearless dancer who takes risks and moves with beauty and power." 

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   Deborah Wingert's New Adventures


Let us congratulate LJD BalletMistress and former Balanchine ballerina Deborah Wingert on her latest venturesin the New York dance scene. Deborah now teaches company class for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company and also Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, in addition to LJD. She also just started teaching open ballet class on Monday and Wednesday mornings at the Ailey Extension Program. We=80=99re so lucky to have this in-demand master ballet teacher as a part of LJD!

DEBORAH WINGERT Photo by Philip Gardner

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   New Work!


LJD has been in the studio creating a new piece! Lydia and the dancers have been working on various driving phrases and partnering work since the fall. The piece, still in progress, is based on a short work by composer Osvaldo Golijov for cello and marimba. "So far, it seems to include an exploration of partnering with multiple couples performing similar phrases but with their own interpretation as a couple," Lydia says. Philip Gardner of Oberon's Grove visited the studio during the rehearsal process one day and captured some beautifully intimate portraits.

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  LJD Salon Series Continues!


LJD's next Salon will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015. This Salon will explore the juxtaposition of ballet and modern dance movement elements in Lydia's choreography and how LJD Ballet Mistress Deborah Wingert's pathway to working with a contemporary company has occurred from her Balanchine roots. There will be discussion, excerpts from LJD works and coaching from Lydia and Deborah. Stay tuned for more information on this free, informative and intimate event!

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   Other Recent LJD News

  • LJD was invited to perform for dance classes at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University on December 2. Dancers Sarah Pon and Blake Hennessy-York performed the ir duet from What Counts, set to music by jazz trio The Bad Plus.
  • Follow LJD on various forms of social media for many updates, photos and behind-the-scenes info! Be sure to like/follow the company!
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