Lydia Johnson, Artistic Director.
We are so excited about our Dance Camp plans for 2021!
Our unique and acclaimed program will once again be staffed by professional dancers and teaching artists. Under the direction of choreographer and Artistic Director Lydia Johnson, the summer program is a joyful and wonderful way to experience dance! In addition to dance classes and choreography workshop, the day includes snacks on our patio, movement games and daily time to share and discuss our work. Students perform their own choreography each Friday for family and friends.
Holly Evans, the LJD School's Managing Director, teaches special workshops at the LJD School and has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in dance as a performer, choreographer, teacher and administrator. During her 10 years as a Radio City Rockette, she danced, served as Assistant Choreographer, a nd taught and choreographed for the Rockette Experiences and Summer Intensives. Holly is currently an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Pace University in NYC. She served on the faculty of Wagner College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC, Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and was the Ballet Mistress for the esteemed St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. Holly was the Company Manager for RIOULT, a major dance company in NYC and lives in Maplewood with her husband and three children.
Laura Di Orio is originally from Pennsylvania, and has been a member of Lydia Johnson Dance's professional company for 10 years. She is now a Principal Dancer with the company and also serves as Company Manager and a Rehearsal Director. She teaches ballet to all ages, from Introductory Ballet to Ballet III. In addition to the LJD School, Laura h as taught at the Alvin Ailey Extension, Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center, Studio E and the School of the Staten Island Ballet. Laura loves sharing her knowledge with young dancers, as well as the joy and passion that comes with dancing. She is thrilled to be a part of the LJD School, developing creative classes and working with such creative students.
Katie Lohiya is originally from Chicago, and has been a member of Lydia Johnson Dance's professional company for 6 years. She is now a Principal dancer and a Rehearsal Director for the company. She serves as Assistant Director of the LJ D Dance Camp and teaches both Introductory Ballet, as well as Contemporary classes. Teaching is a major passion for Katie. In addition to the LJD School, Katie is on faculty at NYC's acclaimed The School at Steps on Broadway, as well as The Long Island City School of Ballet and Play Area Association. Katie is a passionate advocate for the creative curriculum she helps to develop at the LJD School and loves to share her knowledge with young dancers and always brings her positive attitude and passion for dancing to the classroom.
Chazz McBride: Chazz is a principal dancer in Lydia Johnson Dance's professional company and has taught extensively in the NY metropolitan area including at Ballet Tech, Eglevsky Ballet ,Art in Motion Dance Center and Downstage Dance. Chazz had taught Master Classes and Workshops at LJD's School and Dance Camp and has presented Lecture/Demonstrations for our LJD students.