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Art & Life with Alexandra Dickson Lynch and Timothy Lynch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Dickson Lynch and Timothy Lynch.

Alexandra, Timothy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Tim and I both come from serious ballet training backgrounds Tim from the School of American Ballet in NYC and me with The Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver, B.C. and Pacific Northwest Ballet. We both had professional careers travelling the world and performing works by internationally renowned choreographers while with Pacific Northwest Ballet and me with Ballet B.C. as well. Tim and I both taught in the Pacific Northwest Ballet School while still dancing in the company. Once retired we began taking on different responsibilities. Tim began teaching full time in the school becoming a major force in building the men’s program while I got Stott Pilates certified and managed the Pacific Northwest Ballet Conditioning program in both the Eastside and Downtown locations. In 2007, Tim co-founded the non-profit, Seattle Dance Project.

SDP did community outreach and performed for 7 years. During that time Tim entered graduate school and was also working at Cornish College for the Arts while I was working at University of Washington and Cornish College as well. In 2014, Tim accepted the position as Director of the Academy at BalletMet in Columbus Ohio. While in Ohio I worked at Ohio State University and as a Ballet mistress to Artistic Director of BalletMet Edwaard Liang on his new productions of  Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty and staged works for him at Washington Ballet, Washington DC and Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. We spent two years in Columbus before hearing the call to return to the Pacific coast. We opened Lynch Dance Institute in September 2017 and have been filled with so much joy sharing everything that we have been so fortunate to have learned over the years.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
The LDI is here for the people! To educate, inspire, to give back, and to help people become their best selves. We have a passion for dance, dance education and have years of experience. We understand the type of experiences and opportunities parents seek for their children and we are here to provide it. We are passionate in our dedication to nurturing the next generation of dancers. Our goal is to provide a joyful, professional, and respectful environment where all students will feel challenged yet accomplished, discover self-confidence and will be guided towards excelling on their own unique path. We consider the needs of each student and take them into consideration when designing our programming and performing opportunities. Our team fosters a love of the arts through quality dance instruction, diverse performing opportunities, and involvement within our community. As a young arts organization we are constantly searching for opportunities for us to reach out into the community. Opportunities which give our students valuable insights into the world of professional dance and performance, and a gratifying result to their hard work.  Each one of our dancers is highly valued, encouraged, and given individual feedback, regardless of their age, personal goals, or previous experience.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
In our experience the challenge is being able to convey the vital importance of the work, the process. We believe whole heartedly that the journey towards excellence in any job is full of personal challenges. Goals should be set, inspired and motivated by personal intention and a strong internal sense of worth. What is challenging is trying to offset the skewed mindset that is heavily clouded by the desire or need our children have for external affirmations, instant gratification, reward. Our LDI team will continue to strive to show by example how at the end of the day work rooted in the confident knowledge of self-worth will ultimately be the thing that carries you through life as a human being and artist with a healthy and balanced perspective.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Lynch Dance Institute is housed in Poway and currently has two scheduled performances. Our holiday show Mixed Nuts will take place December 8-9 at the Joan B Kroc Theater and our end of season show where we celebrate all the incredible accomplishments June 15 at The Garfield JCC Theater in La Jolla. We also participate in all our local community gatherings in both Scripps Ranch and Poway. This season we also have an addition to our programming which is Karma Yoga. This is a donation based gentle vinyasa yoga class open to all levels. The proceeds will support non-profit organizations in our immediate community.

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Angela Sterling Photography all pictures

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