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ACLHeadshot“Ms. Linda,” as students call her, can hardly believe it is her job to be on the listen for interesting music, create dances in her living room, pick out costumes, and guide young people to live with the exuberance and poise of confident dancers.


Linda is now embarking on a new stage of her career–co-founding Joy in Motion, a non-profit dance studio, with her business partner, Justin Cole.

As a young dancer herself, Linda trained in tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical at a local East Bay studio and on the dance convention/competition circuit before focusing on ballet and modern—primarily at Berkeley Ballet Theater with Sally Streets and Sonya Delwaide (now with the dance dept. at Mills College in Oakland) and in NYC with the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive.

LindaChemoHair Vs ChicagoLinda UCLA Sealattributes much of her patience and her enthusiasm for life to her victorious battle with metastasized Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 20. Yes, all of her hair fell out, but it grew back, and she graduated from UCLA summa cum laude in the honors program with a B.A. in English.

Linda also spent 2 years as a K-12 substitute teacher in the PCPLogoOakland Unified School District, started and abandoned an M.A. program in English Composition (a.k.a.-teaching college-level essay writing), taught children’s theater, and served on the board of directors of the Pinole Community Players community theater.


Linda honed her teaching philosophy over 6 years while teaching primarily at CAPA LOGOCalifornia Academy of the Performing Arts (CAPA). In her second year at CAPA, Linda took over teaching the majority of the classes in the Primary Department (the company’s youngest levels), and was named the Primary Director in 2014, writing a detailed primary curriculum that summer. For the 2014-2015 school year, enrollment in the Primary Department was up by nearly double from when Linda came to the CAPA in 2009, and the number of primary classes offered had increased from 7 to 13.

Linda continues to grow and satisfy her professional curiosity, most recently through a May 2015 conference on Dance and the Brain at the Luna Dance Institute in Emeryville.

Linda became a proud momma with the birth of her son in October 2012. Her daughter was born in late June 2015!!

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