Lydia Johnson Dance has been consistently praised for Ms. Johnson’s distinctive choreography, which uses components of ballet woven seamlessly into a contemporary dance vocabulary. The New York Times, The New Yorker, Backstage Magazine, Dance View Times and Oberon’s Grove have critically acclaimed the company for its annual New York Season. LJD’s 2019 New York Season was chosen by the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library to be filmed by their videographer and is available for viewing at the library. LJD has performed at many venues including Live Arts, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, and in the 92nd St Y’s Moving Forward: Women Ballet Choreographers East and West series, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out, the Great Friends Dance Festival in Rhode island, the Downtown Dance Festival in NYC, and the Fairfield County Dance Festival in CT. LJD was honored to be in residence at Kaatsbaan in March 2022 developing new works.

 “Johnson is adept at capturing the beauty and pathos in music. She translates harmony and texture into a narrative of human intimacy and empathy. Her dancers really look at each other and touch each other sincerely. You get the sense they are helping each other along in the effort of getting through life, with grace and gravity. Humanity is the starting point.”

                                   Marina Harss, 2019 (Ms. Harss’s articles appear in The New Yorker and New York Times)

“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.”

                                   Mary Cargill, Dance View Times, 2019