MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A free dance performance will be given on Sunday, July 17 at The Woodland (60 Woodland Ave.) at 7 p.m. "Dancing at the Woodland" will feature members of the New York-based Lydia Johnson Dance company, according to a release from Andrew Fishman of the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs.

Following the performance, there will be a Q & A session with Lydia Johnson and the dancers.

Johnson, a Maplewood resident, said, "We are thrilled to have this opportunity to give back to the community.” Johnson also offers dance classes and a summer dance camp at Maplewood’s Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood.

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Sunday night's performance will be on the open floor of the Woodland's Great Hall, with dancers presenting a "studio showing" of work by Johnson. "The New York Times" described Johnson as “a tantalizingly distinctive modern-dance choreographer” with “uncommon skill at matching ballet movement to music, both at the large scale of structure and in small, felicitous details."

Doors will open at 6 p.m., and according to event organizers, seats and standing room will be available for 250 guests only on a first come basis. The performance is not appropriate for small children, no one under the age of 5 will be admitted.

For more information visit or contact the Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs at 973 640-0399.

This event is made possible by The Maplewood Office of Cultural Affairs and Lydia Johnson Dance.