Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Lida Winfield

Lida Winfield is an innovative and accomplished dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist and educator. She cares about creating work that directly influences change, merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances. Lida has traveled nationally and internationally working with diverse populations in conventional and unconventional settings. She considers her artistic practice inextricably linked to her role as an educator and is dedicated to using the performing arts as a tool to move herself and others forward intellectually, developmentally, spiritually and socially. Lida’s solo show, In Search of Air: Growing up Dyslexic, shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied Lida’s struggle to learn to read as an adult. The show provides a platform from which to lead discussions and workshops centered on issues of disability, access, education, arts integration, kinesthetic learning and the value of the arts, bringing her to countless communities. Lida has taught and performed in a variety of places, including Roger Williams University, National Dance Association Conference, Skidmore College, the Bates Dance Festival and Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Mexico. Lida studied at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, VT. Lida is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Middlebury College, VT, and is in the process of creating her newest work, IMAGINARY. Project Description: Mixing dance/theater, storytelling, lighting design and original music, Lida Winfield collaborates with performers Laurel Jenkins, Ellen Smith Ahern, Maree ReMalia and Joseph Hall on IMAGINARY, a quirky, innovative yet socially poignant performance that explores perception in relationship to the imagination. IMAGINARY investigates the impact of the imagination and its interplay between social and cultural constructs. IMAGINARY playfully and directly challenges our expectations and perceptions of ourselves, others and our world. At a time where fearmongering about “the other” is at its peak, exploring our perceptions around identity is critical. Creativity, community and strong voices are deeply needed at this time of division, fear and misinformation. IMAGINARY investigates our real and imagined perceptions of each other and the impact these impressions have. What do we have in common? How are we different from each other? How does imagination contribute to our fears? The goal is to make a thoughtful, socially active, innovative performance that engages both the audience and the performers in a cultural commentary. 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 premiered at The Flynn Center in February of 2018. Both In Search of Air and IMAGINARY have flexibility regarding technical support, venue and compensation.

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.
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

I Have Worked With

  • 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.

  • July 2019

    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.

  • July 2019

    Guest Performer for In Search of Air followed by interactive workshops on art, disability and education for Wilson Language Training staff and trainers.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Performing Artist
Physical Address: 
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
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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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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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