Lida Winfield

Bio

Lida Winfield is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist. Since 2006 she has created original solo, duet and group work; merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that have taken place on and off the stage. Lida has traveled nationally and internationally as a performer and educator working with diverse populations in conventional and unconventional settings. In 2011 she earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts.  
Lida creates dances that are quirky, provocative, and honest. Lida challenges herself  and her audiences to participate in dance as an open dialogue. Her art and choreography are creations which tell stories, ask questions, explore limits, and celebrate beauty in what is awkward, raw, and vulnerable. She is inspired by the human capacity to cope, to imagine and to transform. Her work is informed by wilderness, socioeconomic divides, disabilities, access, the search for place, the magical and the quiet details of everyday life. www.lidawinfield.com

Class Descriptions

Improvisation:

This unique class helps dancers deepen their knowledge of personal movement patterns and develop and refine their individual creative expression. Class includes warm-ups that increase awareness of anatomical systems, followed by practices and techniques in improvisation and movement studies. Learn how to allow your creative impulses and ideas to flow as well as, how to choreograph with others in the moment. Partnering, ensemble work, text, musical exercises, compositions, and scores will be the focus of this wonderful supportive class. 

 

Composition and Choreography:

A very different kind of dance class working to instill creativity, moving and thinking in new ways. Using compositional exercises in a variety of formats, we will explore different ways of creating dances. Work as an ensemble, in small groups or in solos to develop, craft, cut, edit and reinvent your own choreography with the help of your fellow dancers.  In a supportive environment, we will examine how text, storytelling, objects, music, exercises, games and collaboration effects how we create dance and see each other.