LJD Prepares for 2016 NYC Season!

In just a couple weeks, LJD will present its 2016 NYC Season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. Performances will run Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12, at 7:30pm. This season, LJD will welcome back last year's premieres, Giving Way , set to music by Osvaldo Golijov; and  What Counts , with music by jazz trio The Bad Plus. In addition, the company is reviving 2013's  Night of the Flying Horses , an exciting work with music also by Golijov. LJD will also premiere its newest work set to new versions of classic jazz standards, including "I'm Old Fashioned" by Jerome Kern.
The program promises to be unique, emotive and musically-driven. Dancers include Riccardo Battaglia, Brynt Beitman, Laura Di Orio, Chazz Fenner-McBride, Blake Hennessy-York, MinSeon Kim, Justin Lynch, Katie Martin-Lohiya and Sarah Pon. Deborah Wingert will once again be the company's Ballet Mistress, teaching company class and coaching sections of works as LJD leads up to the March season. 
For tickets, head to SmartTix

Sarah Pon, Laura Di Orio and Katie Martin-Lohiya in  What Counts . Photo by Nir Arieli.
LJD dancers in Giving Way. Photo by Nir Arieli.
Support LJD: Indiegogo Campaign

As many companies and organizations do during this time of financial difficulty, LJD has turned to a crowdfunding Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the quickly approaching 2016 NYC Season. All raised money will go to fund the March 10-12 Season at Ailey Citigroup Theater and all the costs involved, including theater rental, dancer pay, rehearsal costs, costumes, and fees for the stage manager, lighting designer and videographer.
"It's a way to reach potential donors that we don't normally reach with our other fundraising efforts," explains LJD Board President Steven Cramer, "and it's also a way to spread the news about the company and the upcoming season."
LJD strongly believes in recognition and incentives for all donors, so the company will recognize every donor on its website. In addition, those who contribute over $100 will receive recognition on LJD's Facebook page, and those who donate $250 will get two tickets to the company's spring season and preferred seating at LJD's Salons for one year. All donations are tax-deductible.
"Lydia Johnson Dance is an important, emerging company," Steven adds. "Lydia is creating unique dance that is beautifully crafted and deeply emotional, using elements from both ballet and modern dance. The New York Times has called Lydia a 'true original'. Her dancers are true originals as well - her work comes alive with their individual artistry. This is a company that has critical acclaim and is going places! And it gets most of its support from generous, visionary individuals."
To contribute to LJD's Indiegogo campaign, click here

Dancer Spotlight: Brynt Beitman

Brynt Beitman, who hails from Dallas, Texas, is not only a dancer but also a choreographer and dance educator. A graduate from the prestigious Juilliard School and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Brynt was invited as a student to create work at Springboard Danse Montréal. His choreography has also been shown internationally at The Juilliard Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Bryant Park, Dance New Amsterdam, Galapagos Art Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, Moyse Hall and, most recently, at Baruch Performing Arts Center as a part of REVERB Dance Festival.
And of course Brynt is actively dancing in the community as well. Apart from LJD, Brynt has performed with Bruce Wood Dance Project, Heidi Latsky Dance, TAKE Dance and New York Baroque Dance Company.
Brynt explains that he first heard about LJD through an audition notice. "I watched some material online and thought I'd be a good fit," he says. "I liked Lydia's use of classical vocabulary in a contemporary context, her eye for structure and her musicality."
This season, viewers will get to see a lot of Brynt in the LJD repertory. He will reprise his role in last year's premiere, Giving Way, and will also be a featured performer in Night of the Flying Horses, as well as Lydia's newest work.
"Working with Lydia is fun, and the morale of the company is positive," Brynt adds. "It's a good environment to create new work in. I'm excited for the new piece. Another chance to perform Giving Way is pretty exciting, too!"
Click here for tickets to LJD's March season, where you can witness Brynt's emotive and beautiful quality. "My favorite part of dancing are the moments of indescribable freedom," he shares, "when your physical and emotional intentions meet."

Blake Hennessy-York and Brynt Beitman in  Giving Way. Photo by Nir Arieli. 

Brynt Beitman and Laura Di Orio in  Giving Way . Photo by Nir Arieli.

LJD Winter Benefit Party

Last Saturday, February 20, LJD held a Winter Benefit Party at the lovely home of Kate and David Smith-Cooper in Maplewood, New Jersey. The wonderful evening consisted of hors d'oeuvres, wine and a live performance by select LJD company dancers. The proceeds of the benefit will support the Lydia Johnson Dance Company and School Scholarship Fund. Many thanks to the Smith-Cooper family for offering their home for this party! 

Guests at LJD's Winter Benefit. 
Guests at LJD's Winter Benefit. 
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