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Lydia Roberts Coco

Lydia Coco

A native of Chesapeake, VA., Ms. Coco began her dance training in Norfolk.  At the age of 17 she began training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center as a full scholarship student.  Ms. Coco was invited to become a member of Ailey II 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. Coco was invited by Judith Jamison to become a member of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.  As a lead dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre for seven years, Ms. Coco worked with numerous widely recognized choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Ulysses Dove, Jerome Robbins, Donald Byrd, George Faison, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, Elisa Monte, Lar Lubovitch, and many others. During her career with Ailey, Ms. Coco appeared in numerous periodicals such as Time Magazine, Dance Magazine, Essence, Black Enterprise and was featured in Shape Magazine.  She also appeared in an American Express commercial featuring the Ailey Company. Currently Ms. Coco teaches ballet and modern at Ballet Virginia International where she is also the Development and Outreach Programs Director.  Ms. Coco has choreographed works for Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Ballet Theatre II, Plumb Performing Academy, as well as Ballet Virginia International.  She has also been a guest instructor/guest performing artist for the Lexington Ballet, and a guest instructor for the Plumb Performing Academy in Arizona and Moving People’s Dance in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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