About Lyra Mayfield


Choreography & Performance

Lyra Mayfield is a modern dance choreographer, performer, and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator. Living in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, Lyra’s dancing is inspired by the surrounding Rocky Mountains and the wildness of nature, which she immerses herself in regularly. Lyra’s choreography reflects her choice to embrace a path that is lead by her heart and is creatively sparked by her appreciation for Life. She is interested in creating dances that express beauty, reflect emotion, and inspire connection.

Co-Artistic Director of Open Door Dance Theatre for 10 years, her company has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships for choreography and production. Lyra is now exploring solo and independent work, as well as enjoying working with other choreographers.


Core Wisdom Movement Therapy

Lyra has been in private practice as a movement analyst since 1991. She is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Registered Somatic Movement Educator. She also holds a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. Her practice ranges from movement and injury rehabilitation and repatterning, to psycho-spiritual growth, to strength and flexibility training, to working with disabled and elderly populations. Lyra specializes in encouraging change through compassionate guidance and her expertise in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis.



A movement educator for 20 years, Lyra has taught at the university, high school and elementary levels, as well as ongoing community classes. She has consulted with CU Denver Health Sciences Center, presented multiple times at The International Center for Human Caring Conferences, taught at Northern Arizona University for 10 years, and Naropa University for 7 years.

Lyra can be found running or hiking on the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks trails when she isn’t in the studio dancing.

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