Stevie Rudak | August 01, 2023

Become a “Dancer to Watch”

Jordan Demetrius Lloyd ’16 has made a name for himself in the world of dance, landing on Dance Magazine’s 2023 25 to Watch series.

Photo of Jordan Demetrius Lloyd '16.

Freelance Dancer Jordan Demetrius Lloyd ’16 utilized his communication and dance degrees to land on Dance Magazine’s 2023 25 to Watch series.

“Underestimating Lloyd’s skill as a community-gatherer, a self-producer or an artist is a mistake,” Lauren Wingenroth wrote in Dance Magazine.

Becoming increasingly admired beyond New York City’s dance community, Lloyd’s recent choreography sparked a gathering at a public-school playground deep within Brooklyn, New York. This gathering featured a free performance of Lloyd’s piece Jerome, which featured a postmodern contemporary, hip-hop, and West African movement styles.

“Each day for me looks quite different,” expressed Lloyd. “My style is ever changing based upon the way contemporary dance is evolving within the industry and always holding a collaborative space.”

Through improvisation, Lloyd explores new movement styles and finds inspiration for his pieces.

“Brockport transformed me into a holistic artist.”
Jordan Demetrius Lloyd ’16

“Brockport transformed me into a holistic artist,” Lloyd said. “My professors from Brockport allowed me to think in very expansive ways and I want to do the same for my students.”

Lloyd moved to New York City after graduation and the dance community immediately took notice. His choreography has been featured in The New York Times, New York Live Arts, The Center for Performance Research, ISSUE Project Room, and more.

Jordan Demetrius Lloyd

Jordan Demetrius Lloyd

“I felt like New York City was where I needed to be,” said Lloyd. “During my senior year at Brockport, I was apprenticing for David Dorfman Dance and most of the company’s dancers lived in New York City.”

As a Freelance Dancer, Lloyd’s day-to-day includes teaching groups of young adult dancers, attending rehearsals, hosting technique classes, researching ways to gain funding for upcoming dance projects, and collaborating with prestigious institutions including New York University (NYU), Rutgers University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

“I’m always communicating my skillset in order to work with different communities, organizations, and people on various dance pieces,” Lloyd shared. “My previous studies helped me successfully orient myself.”