Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Lida Winfield


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.

Additional Links: 
Process Pass Video for Same But Different with Lida Winfield and Christal Brown
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.
Yale Radio Interview with Lida Winfield
Performance of the first draft of IMAGINARY at the FlynnSpace, Burlington, VT in February 2018
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
In search of air: Growing up dyslexic | Lida Winfield | TEDxMiddlebury

I Have Worked With

  • October 2020


    Guest speaker at Mind Mingle's Inspiring Schools to be Innovative12th International Education Conference hosted in Malviya Nagar New Delhi and presented virtually.

  • July 2020

    I participated in the Bates Dance Festival as a guest instructor for the Young Dancers Workshop and for the Black Beauty Dance Workshop Series.


    In July, I undertook a residency and performances of IMAGINARY at Bates Dance Festival with my collaborators. This was supported through the National Performance Network Forth Fund. 

    My relationship with BDF goes back several years when I was first an invited "Emerging Artist" at the 2014 Bates Dance Festival. In 2016 and 2017, I taught Improvisation & Composition for the Young Dancers Workshop, and I taught again in 2018. In 2017, I also performed my solo show "In Search of Air" as part of the "Dance Now" series. 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.

  • November 2019

    The International Dyselxia Association hired me to present a keynote presentation of In Search of Air for the 2019 annual conference in Portland, OR.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Performing Artist
Physical Address: 
28 High Street #4
Middlebury, VT 05753
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Theater - General
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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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
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
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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