Lydia Patselas grew up in Jacksonville, NC and began her dance training at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville and Step Ahead Dance Company. She graduated in May 2018 from the East Carolina University School of Theatre and Dance program with a BFA degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, Magna Cum Laude. Lydia has completed summer training programs at the American Dance Festival in Durham NC, Broadway Dance Center summer intensive in New York City, and the New Dialect summer intensive in Nashville, TN. She also had the opportunity to perform at the 2016 American College Dance Association in West Virginia. Lydia resided in Atlanta, GA from August of 2018 until March of 2020 was a performance member of Atlanta Dance Collective throughout her time in Atlanta. 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. In the spring of 2019, Lydia began working with bf and artists on independent performances and projects. She was a part of a project titled Grin, a collaborative work that was performed in Atlanta, GA at the Bakery Atlanta Gallery in July of 2019. Grin was then extended into a film dance project titled allowed|aloud that was premiered virtually in September of 2020 in the Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival. Lydia performed in the Cannonball Festival in the fall of 2021 and traveled to Florence, Italy to perform in the 2021 Florence Biennale. Lydia resides in Philadelphia, PA and recently graduated with an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from the Creative Arts Therapies program at Drexel University.