LYDIA JOHNSON DANCE SCHOOL
The Creative Approach
Excellence Creativity Nurturing Community
A not-for-profit, fine arts dance school linked to our New York professional company.
At the LJD School, every child is a dance maker!
Our Fall 2021 classes will be held indoors with MASKS and WINDOWS OPEN!
At The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood Village.
For dancers 12 and older proof of full vaccination required
Our Staff is 100% fully vaccinated and our latest Covid19 policies are below.
Please view your class guidelines by selecting the correct button below.
The increase in cases due to the Delta variant is of great concern and we will be constantly
updating guidelines as this situation evolves.
Our school offers a warm, non-competitive atmosphere which encourages young dancers to feel confident and to use their creativity as they skill build. Studying at LJD includes 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 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. This fusion of a highly accomplished choreographer and her dance company with a local dance school 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 teach many classes as well as to hold open rehearsals .
For most children dance education is a springboard to a life of varied creativity in many realms and we aim to foster a deep enjoyment and understanding of the arts. Join us in a warm and joyful approach to dance education that has long been a part of our local area communities!
“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 program at New York Live Arts includes four works, two of them new, set to a variety of musical styles, from Handel to Golijov”
The New Yorker
"What seems to count most for Ms. Johnson is music. The four pieces...all showed uncommon skill at matching ballet movement to music, both at the large scale of structure and in small, felicitous details. Her orchestration of bodies, adding and subtracting, followed the texture of the music wonderfully, coordinating closely with each score's formal drama"
The New York Times
"Her quiet but penetrating choreography uses the music in unexpected ways...The final movement was stunning, as the women, formerly in white tunics, changed into black leotards and formed silhouetted lines as the movements rippled backwards and forwards through the group, a haunting and memorable picture of a community."
Dance View Times
"My daughter lives for her LJD classes.
The joy on her face is contagious!"
LJD Mom Meg P.