Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Lydia Johnson and Geralyn partner for downtown summer arts movement.
Carlos Lopez, a featured soloist in the American Ballet Theatre, will be a guest artist at the Lydia Johnson Dance camp this summer, teaching a ballet workshop and performing selections from the Lydia Johnson Dance New York season. Lydia Johnson Dance and Geralyn’s Art Studio have partnered this summer to present a full-day downtown summer arts camp open to children in Maplewood, South Orange and nearby towns. This exciting immersion in dance and the visual arts will run July 8-July 26 in downtown Maplewood. Scholarships and one and two-week sessions are available. In the dance component, campers will explore dance in depth with professional dancers from New York. The Dance Camp will run from 9 a.m-1 p.m. Monday through Friday at The …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
NYC professionals lend talents to inspire aspiring dancers in three-week summer program.
Wednesday, March 20
Explore dance in depth this summer with professional dancers from New York! Lydia Johnson Dance (LJD) is now accepting registrations for Lydia Johnson Dance Camp on July 8-July 26, where professional dancers from LJD will lead a creative exploration of dance and the art of choreography. (Learn more @ Dance Camp). The camp will run from 9 a.m-1 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood for students entering Grades 2 through 11 at all skill levels. An extended day is now offered in partnership with Geralyn’s Art Studio so campers can dance in the morning and create visual art work in the afternoons for a full day of the arts. (Scholarships and one and two-week sessions are …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Winter semester begins this week for young dancers with acclaimed choreographer.
Wednesday, January 30
Young dancers have the opportunity to study under the tutelage of choreographer Lydia Johnson, the founder and artistic director of Lydia Johnson Dance. In addition to ballet and contemporary classes that begin this week, the school will be offering Hip Hop on Saturdays. Sherrell Bush, the assistant director for Lydia Johnson Dance (LJD) Camp, teaches the Hip Hop and Jazz class on Saturday mornings at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood Village. The school is offering free trial classes on February 2 and February 9. Email Info@lydiajohnsondance.org to reserve your spot. This class will focus on both Hip Hop and classic Jazz (Broadway) dance steps and combinations in a creative environment which allows each student to …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Acclaimed dance company performs on New Year's Eve in Maplewood.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Dance in the New Year with a free performance and presentation by Lydia Johnson Dance. The acclaimed dance company can be seen at 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 31 at The Studio at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, Maplewood Village, 10 Durand Road. This New Year’s Eve opportunity to learn more about the creative process is being sponsored by the South Orange and Maplewood Municipal Alliance against drug and alcohol abuse. LJD’s professional dancers from NYC will perform excerpts from Johnson’s works. The dances will be broken down to their design elements for discussion, followed by a Q&A with the choreographer and dancers. The presentation is appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up. “For musicality and fine structuring, few …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Annual benefit will be held at historic home of Patricia A. Bell.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Lydia Johnson Dance will hold its annual benefit on Friday, Nov. 30 at the home of Patricia A. Bell. Tickets are still available for the event, which will feature LJD dancers performing around an indoor pool at this art-filled historic Montrose home. Dancers will perform an excerpt from Change of Heart set to J.S. Bach's Three Part Inventions and choreographed by Lydia Johnson, the South Orange resident who 13 years ago founded the dance company. Lydia Johnson Dance has been consistently praised for its distinctive choreography which combines ballet and modern dance. The company has long been supported by Bell, an ardent supporter of the arts. Her home and collection have been featured in The New York Times and other newspapers. The …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
NYC professionals lend talents to inspire aspiring dancers.
Wondering the raison d'être young dancers are spending their summer under the tutelage of choreographer Lydia Johnson, the founder and artistic director of Lydia Johnson Dance? Look no farther than the stage of the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, where professional dancers are rehearsing an excerpt of Johnson’s “Summer House,” a new work that premiered in New York City at the Peridance Theater. The professional dancers have been sharing their talents this summer with aspiring dancers. Many of the students are attending on scholarships thanks to generous donations from Friends of Lydia Johnson Dance. The LJD Dance Camp is held every summer for kids and teens ages 6-high school at all skill levels. “The students have …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
At end-of-semester showing of works, Lydia Johnson Dance showcases student-created dance.
Young dancers under the tutelage of choreographer Lydia Johnson, the founder and artistic director of Lydia Johnson Dance, presented their own creative works on Monday night at the Burgdorff Center in Maplewood. Lydia Johnson Dance has been consistently praised for its distinctive choreography, with reviews in The New York Times, Backstage and Oberon's Grove. But Monday night, the spotlight shined on Ballet and Choreography students taught by Tammi Shamblin with Lydia Johnson. (Similar showing of the works showcased the youngest ballet students and dancers in Contemporary and Choreography classes). LJD believes that technique is best learned as children use their creative energy to compose their own dance works. Indeed, several of the …