Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Lida Winfield

Lida 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 a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts.

Lida develops and creates dances that are quirky, provocative, and physically honest. Lida challenges herself and her audiences to participate in dance as an open dialogue. Her art and her 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 or home, the magical and the quiet details of everyday life. In 2016, Lida was 1 of 2 artists honored with the Rebecca Blunk Fund Award from New England Foundation for the Arts.

Lida is currently in the process of creating her newest work, IMAGINARY.

Project Description:
Mixing dance/theater, storytelling, video, and original audio scores, Lida Winfield creates IMAGINARY, a deep, quirky, innovative and socially poignant work that explores perception in relation to the imagination. Imagination is a nearly universal human trait; though it is shaped by factors both personal and environmental. Does what we imagine impact or dictate our potential and reality?

What is it we see in the light, and in the dark?
Who are our imaginary and real friends?
What is real and what is pretend?

Our country is at a critical juncture, experiencing division and fear. It is hard to know what is real, what is alleged, and what will unfold. The creative process of IMAGINARY will engage community and audience members in a thoughtful manner with a focus on how the imagination assists in shaping our potential, our reality and our world.

IMAGINARY brings together the creative capacities of five amazing artists (Lida Winfield, Laurel Jenkins, Ellen Smith Ahern, Maree ReMalia and Joseph Hall). This interdisciplinary full-length performance has received the National Performance Network's Creation and Development Support in partnership with The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Middlebury College, and The Yard. It will premiere at The Flynn Center in February of 2018.

Additional Links: 
In this dance and theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, Vermont dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist Lida Winfield shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read.
A work in progress showing at Middlebury College - Lida Winfield mixes dance/theater, storytelling, video, lighting design and original audio scores, to create IMAGINARY.
Long Gone intricately blends dance andstorytelling to celebrate heartfelt, funnyand irreverent memories of those longgone. Weaving movement and spokenword, choreographers Lida Winfield andEllen Smith Ahern
Lida Winfield discusses her experience, philosophy and work regarding education and arts integration
STORYCRAFT | Stories in Motion: A Conversation about the Work, Art and Practice of Performing The Media Factory | Burlington, VT | May 19, 2016

I Have Worked With

  • October 2017

    I have been a Teaching Artist through the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts through the Words Come Alive! program, as well as FlynnArts since 2007.

  • August 2017

    Visiting Lecturer in Introduction to Dance and Creative Process in the Dance Department.

  • August 2017

    I was an invited "Emerging Artist"  at the 2014 Bates Dance Festival.  In 2017 I taught Improvisation & Composition for the Young Dancers Workshop .  The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work.  It is comprised of four interwoven programs:  two professional training programs including the Young Dancers Workshop, the Professional Training Program, a main-stage performances series and Youth Arts Program.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Performing Artist
Mailing Address: 
28 High Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
Physical Address: 
5296 Dorset Street
Shelburne, VT 05482
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literature - Spoken Word
Theater - General
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

MFA Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College
Rebecca Blunk Fund Award
National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project Award
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
A minimum of 12' x 15' clean floor space; Full show requires a sound support person. Depending on venue a more complex tech rider can be provided.
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Middle School-age
High School-age
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