Lydia Patselas, from Jacksonville, NC, received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from East Carolina University and her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University. Lydia was a performance artist with Atlanta Dance Collective (ADC) in Atlanta, GA from 2018-2020. She performed in Dance Canvas 2019 Performance Series, FEMMEfest, The Distaff Series, and Imprint with ADC. She has also performed in Fringe Festival in Asheville, NC, and Atlanta, GA. She has performed in the Charlotte Dance Festival in Charlotte, NC, and the Modern Dance Festival in Atlanta, GA. Lydia choreographed a piece titled “Emulate” for Atlanta Dance Collective’s 5th season performance titled “Raw” in February of 2020. Lydia began working with BF and Artists in 2019. She has had the opportunity to tour with the company locally and internationally, including performances at the Fringe Arts Festival in Philadelphia, PA, the Florence Biennale in 2022, Moulin/Belle Residency in Perigord, France and performances with Danse Theatre Surreality in Paris, France. Lydia is also a dance instructor at Upbeat Dance Center in Narberth, PA. Lydia loves creating and bringing her artistry to the collaborative process with BF and Artists.
Lydia resides in Philadelphia, PA and is a Recreation Therapy Supervisor at Trinity Health Mercy Life in South Philadelphia. Lydia is a Dementia Professional (DP-NC), certified through the National Institute for Dementia Education. Lydia is passionate about bringing movement-based approaches into the therapeutic space and continues to collaborate in the professional field through guest teaching and continued education.