Loni Landon, born and raised in New York City, received her training from the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Dance Theater of Harlem, The School at Jacob's Pillow and The Scholarship Program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2005, under the direction of the late Benjamin Harkarvy and Larry Rhodes, she received her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. After graduation, she worked with Aszure Barton on the opening of the Baryshnikov Arts Center before joining Ballet Theater Munich, under the direction of Phillip Taylor, under who's guidance she began to explore her own choreography, until 2007. From 2007-2009 she performed with Tanz Theater Munich, under the direction of Henning Paar. During her time in Munich, she was exposed to a variety of European choreographers: Jiri Kylian, Stephan Thoss, Rui Horta, Robert North,Tony Rizzi, Cayetano Soto, Mirko Hektor, and Marco Goecke to name a few. In 2009 Loni was a finalist in the Hannover International Choreography Competition. Her work has been shown in The State Theater of Munich, HT CHEN'S NewSteps Choreography Series, The Dumbo Dance Festival, The Dance Gallery Festival at The Ailey Theater in NYC, DanceNOW Raw Festival, WestFest, Pushing Progress, APAP at City Center, American College Dance Festival (performed by Snow College Dance Ensemble) and at SUNY Purchase. Loni has been invited to perform at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out festival in Summer 2011 with her group, Loni Landon- projects.
Loni, along with Gregory Dolbashian, founded "THE PLAYGROUND". The Playground is a new choreographer's initiative designed to give emerging choreographers a place to experiment, while allowing professional dancers to participate on a donation basis.
Most recently, Loni was the winner of Northwest Dance Project's "Pretty Creatives'" Choreography Competition. She has been commissioned to create two works for Northwest Dance Project, and the "Next" commission from CityDance Ensemble, in Washington DC. She has also received a commission from Ballet X, and the New American Talent Commission from Ballet Austin.In October of 2010, Loni was featured with Northwest Dance Project in Dance Magazine. Loni is currently dancing with The Metropolitan Opera.
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