Interdisciplinary Creator for dance, theater, storytelling, spoken word, installation and visual art
Choreographer: solo, duet and large group performances
Keynote Performer for Educational Conferences: In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic - offered around the country focusing on education, access, disability and the value of the arts
Integrated Arts Educator of professional development workshops around the country for educators integrating dance into all academic curricula
Creative Facilitator guiding individuals and groups through the process of creative expression and communication
Master Teacher of dance, theater, storytelling and creative process
Lida Winfield is an innovative and accomplished dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist and educator, who has created original work merging storytelling, dance and visual art. As an artist, educator and keynote presenter, she has performed and taught nationally and internationally in traditional and non-traditional environments. Lida’s artistic practice is inextricably linked to her role as an educator and her pedagogy is rooted in inclusion, access, and the recognition that our brains and bodies work differently and this difference is a valuable asset. Lida encourages her students and audience to see themselves, their bodies, and their environment from new angles. She cultivates opportunities and experiences that are deeply transformative. What transpires within the teaching and performing environment is integrated and transferred out into the world, allowing it to live beyond the confines of the classroom or stage.
Lida studied at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and in 2011 earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, VT, with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts. In 2016, she was honored with the Rebecca Blunk Fund Award though New England Foundation for the Arts, and in 2017, she received a National Performance Network Creation and Development grant for her new work IMAGINARY with commissioning partners The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Middlebury Performing Arts Series, and The Yard. Lida is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Middlebury College.
I believe that our bodies carry wisdom, history and stories. Through movement we are granted the opportunity to actively engage with that wisdom and history from a new perspective. Standing in this new place allows us to own our stories, reclaim them and reimagine ourselves within them. From this position we can then choose the path of our forward movement. I define this as activism: an internal shift which allows you to see yourself and the world around you and your role within it. This transformation allows us to engage with ourselves and others with curiosity, creativity and empathy. I make art as a way of creating a seat at the table. It is a platform through which I engage and discuss challenging topics with the belief that transformation will occur in the process.