The Story Is In The Lines...

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Our mission is simple, to preserve and nurture classical dance by collaborating with various artists, dancers and non-dancers, to produce work that subverts traditional norms often associated with the ballet world.

Our vision is clear, to give ballet a voice and the chance at achieving longevity in the post-postmodern world by unifying and enabling classically trained artists. 

Freaks With Lines® (FWL) is a Los Angeles based dance project created by Susan Vishmid that serves as a platform to showcase both independent and collaborative works between professional dancers and other creatives in various disciplines. Dancers are FREAKS who live, eat and breathe to create LINES and ultimately scrutinize those creations. Dance is a self serving art form... 

Freaks With Lines® are the creators and the consumers of our own art. 

The quest for perfection is every dancer's story. Every day is a hunting expedition for the most perfect line we can possibility create with our bodies because the body is our sole vehicle for expression. The story, no matter how abstract, is always contained in the lines.

We are beautiful freaks who manufacture stories via cohesion of lines in space and we lurk amongst the generic population ready to appease ourselves first and foremost, and any other voyeurs bold enough to accept the invitation to our mobile variety "Freak Show."





Smush Festival 2019

Tainted Experience

Dancers: Roman Frey & Susan Vishmid

Choreography: Susan Vishmid

Music: Matthew Young





Creative Director, Choreographer, Dancer

Susan Vishmid is Freaks With Lines® Creative Director and Choreographer. Susan Vishmid. At age four, Ms. Vishmid began her early training at the Westside School of Ballet and through scholarships continued her professional training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School and The Rock School.


Ms. Vishmid's professional ballet career includes Pennsylvania Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, San Diego Opera, Chicago Festival Ballet, Napoles Ballet Theatre, California Contemporary Ballet, City of Angels Ballet, California Riverside Ballet, Key West Ballet, Coast City Ballet and San Gorgonio Ballet. In addition to teaching ballet Ms. Vishmid is a certified yoga and Pilates instructor running her business as Movement by Susy. Ms. Vishmid is a USC alumni (cum laude) with a BA in Communication and Philosophy.



Sadie Black is a freelance artist from and based in Los Angeles. She dances currently with Barak Ballet, Clairobscur Dance, Luminario Ballet and Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet. She has been a guest artist, dancing principal roles in The Nutcracker with Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet, Southern California Ballet Theater, & Pacific Dance Center. She trained with Riverside Ballet Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, and the School of American Ballet. She has been a company dancer with Texas Ballet Theater, Columbia City

Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet.


Sadie is a choreographer and ballet teacher for students of all ages including adults and a yoga, barre and fitness teacher. She created a barre fitness class, “Ballet Fit Body” which she currently teaches at Equinox. Sadie is also a ballet coach for students competing at Youth America Grand Prix and other several dance competitions. 



Hannah Keene of Wellesley, Massachusetts began her training at the Boston Ballet School from the age of 5 to 17 before joining Boston Ballet II for two seasons. She then danced with the Kansas City Ballet for three seasons and joined the Los Angeles Ballet in 2017. She is thrilled to be dancing with Freaks with Lines this fall before starting her third season with the Los Angeles Ballet.



Originally from Seattle, Adam Bloodgood is a graduate of Pacific Northwest Ballet School where he trained for 12 years under the direction of Francia Russell, succeeded by Peter Boal. Adam has performed as a principal guest artist in every major region of the country in addition to dancing as a full-time company member with Ballet Idaho, Dayton Ballet and City Ballet of San Diego. Adam has performed leading roles in work by George Balanchine, Stephen Mills, Peter Anastos, W. Earle Smith, Betsey Wistrich, and Karen Russo Burke, among others.


In 2017, Adam originated the role of Romeo in Contempo Arts Productions’ Romeo and Juliet in Los Angeles. Adam Bloodgood also works as a musician, journalist and entrepreneur; he is the guitarist for Floating Pockets, editor/correspondent for Public Occurrences Network, a Pacific Northwest based publication, and host of Clear Perspective with Adam Bloodgood, a talk show web-series.



Originally from Bishop, California, Roman Frey first began dance at the age of 17. He received his professional dance training from Ballet West Academy. Roman has danced with Texas Ballet Theater, Queensland Ballet, and Anaheim Ballet. Roman has enjoyed performing nearly the entire Ben Stevenson O.B.E. repertoire, and works from such choreographers as Val Caniparoli, Glen Tetley,Sir Kenneth MacMillan, and George Balanchine. Roman would like to thank his parents for their love and support.



Originally from Italy, Ottavio has been performing in dance productions, operas, television shows and musicals in Italy, Qatar, Oman and the U.S., hitting some of the most prestigious stages of the world including the MET, Walt Disney Music Hall, The ‪Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Royal Opera House of Muscat, The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and The Pasadena Playhouse.


Ottavio has performed principal roles in repertory ballet such as Firebird, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and a modern production of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Body Parts, QatarMarine Festival, I Promessi Sposi the musical, Lo Spettacolo Dell’Acqua and many more.


Ottavio also worked in many operas as a dancer and actor such as Prince Igor, Moise et Pharaon, Die Zauberflöte, LaBoheme, Hansel and Gretel, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Nabucco, Rigolettoto.



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