Lydia Johnson Dance School’s Fall classes are open for registration. As LJD is a not-for-profit NJ 501(c)(3) organization all classes are held at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood Village.
The school offers an unparalleled opportunity to work directly with acclaimed choreographer Lydia Johnson and her dancers who have received accolades from prestigious New York dance writers over many years. The LJD School’s child centered, nurturing and creative approach was developed right in our community as Lydia lives in South Orange and brought her 3 children up here – all of whom attended SOMA schools.
“Johnson is a craftsman and a poet; her works, which stress the ensemble and attend closely to the music, have an ebb and flow in addition to a strong emotional current. The basis of her technique is ballet, and her dancers are strong.” The New Yorker
This fusion of a highly-accomplished choreographer and her dance company with a warm, non-competitive community dance program is totally unique and allows students exposure to the creation and performance of dance at a professional level in an immediate and personal way. Every class includes Lydia’s choreography curriculum which is structured carefully for each age group. Company dancers or teaching artists teach many classes as well as hold open rehearsals.
“What I love most about Lydia Johnson Dance School is the focus on teaching children to dance in an environment that supports the beauty and uniqueness of each child, their creativity, and their development as artists of dance. They are taught not just to replicate the structure of dance, but to experience the fusion of music and movement, to think creatively about choreography, and to learn to discuss and observe the work they create and that which is created by their fellow students. My daughter has thrived in this environment. The School is not just a local one, but of the caliber of the major performing arts schools.” Anina R. LJD Mom
“Both my son and daughter have studied dance with Lydia Johnson. Her unique, choreography-based approach allows children to engage in dance as both a means of artistic expression and as a means of physical training. Her classes offer a warm and supportive environment” Veda T., LJD Mom
Fall 2019 offerings for ages 2 through high school include: Tiny Dancers (Mommy, Daddy and Me), Creative Ballet, Introduction to Ballet, Ballet I, II and III, Contemporary (Modern) I, II and III and our Student Company for 6th grade and up.
LJD has a Scholarship Program and gives $20,000 in scholarships annually. Our Teen Internship Program provides paid Internships for local Teens who assist in classes and are learning leadership skills.
Here is Education Consultant, and parent, Mitch Center’s article on the creative approach taken at LJD: