Modern and Ballet Instructor and Choreographer-in-Residence
Ms. Lydia began her training in Norfolk, Virginia. She began her professional training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center with a full scholarship. Ms. Lydia was invited to become a member of the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble; Ailey’s junior company where she danced for three years. She then went on to perform with the Jamison Project under the direction of Judith Jamison for one year. Ms. Lydia was also invited by Judith Jamison to dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She toured internationally as a principal dancer with the AAADT for seven years. Her credits include leading roles in Pas De Duke, Night Creature, Fix Me Jesus from Alvin Ailey’s signature piece Revelations, Suite Otis and many others. With her partner Desmond Richardson, Lydia traveled abroad to perform Pas De Duke (a ballet created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Judith Jamison choreographed by Alvin Ailey) for various guest performances.
After retiring from AAADT, Ms. Lydia taught ballet, modern and jazz at the Russell School of Ballet (home of the Fairfax Ballet in Fairfax, Virginia). She was on faculty with Virginia Ballet Theatre for three years where the enrollment in Modern classes tripled under her direction. She also choreographed pieces for Virginia Ballet Theatre and VBT II. Ms. Roberts Coco toured with Athletes for Kids as a faculty member reaching out to inner city youth through dance.
Currently, Ms. Lydia teaches modern, ballet and pointe at BVI. Her choreography has been chosen for annual SERBA Festival performances for several years in a row from a select group of highly regarded choreographers. Lydia also serves as an adjudicator and instructor for the West Virginia Dance Festival and as a guest instructor for both Old Donation School in Virginia Beach and the Gloucester Ballet.