Through 1967 Warhol called upon Lydia, meeting her at the magazine office, to converse on contemporary dance and performance. He gifted a drawing to her at most of their meetings as a token of appreciation for her commitment to the arts. After viewing Warhol's artwork, Lydia selected or requested several drawings for Dance magazine, such as a cover portrait of a ballerina en pointe in 1958 and another cover of the late dancer, Doris Humphrey in 1959. In June 2007, Dance Magazine reprinted some of the Warhol drawings in an article to celebrate their 80th year in publication. Lydia Joel died in 1992 and a private collector acquired the entire collection of her Warhol drawings.
The 49 original ink drawings are curated into groups, including performing ballerinas, an array of dancing figures clothed in half white and half black, acrobats and circus performers, famous destinations such as Covent Garden and the Eiffel Tower, as well as a series based on a sketched character with only a head and arms in various mundane poses. This child-like character repeats itself in a collective of images with gears, cogs and wires, appearing lost in a progression of moving parts. Within the collection of 49 drawings, Warhol's direction changes over the years, from whimsical to perplexing. These unaffected and introspective drawings are a reflection of Warhol's experiences during his formative years and provide a view into the artist's cryptic visual language. Warhol quote: “I never wanted to be a painter; I wanted to be a tap dancer”