Linda Dobbins Dance

Linda Dobbins Dance

The Academy

By private audition only and interview process. Email us for an interview!

Application process begin in January-March 30th.

The Academy at Linda Dobbins Dance is a private, comprehensive performing arts school that combines an individualized education to meet the needs of your child along with dance, theatre and vocal training. The academic curriculum is offered in a nurturing, value-centered environment where each instructor has a high level of education in their field of expertise as well as a partnership with Laurel Springs utilizing their online program. The Academy is designed for students who are currently working, or desire to work, at a professional level in the entertainment business in acting, dancing or vocal performance.

Our students attend The Academy daily and are tutored by a certified teacher in a structured environment. Our academic director will collate grades, keep attendance records, immunization forms and handle all communications with the state board of education.

The curriculum is one of the aspects we find most appealing for our students because of its flexibility.  Curriculum is chosen by our staff so that it is best suited for your child and they will receive individual instruction each day.

Students will complete their academic studies in the mornings and in the afternoon; students will receive their dance, acting and vocal training. Our fine arts goal is to train dancers to be fluent in all genres of dance so that they will be prepared for acceptance into dance major programs at the college of their choice. Our academic goal for each student is to provide a high level of education in order to prepare them for success in college. We encourage our students to obtain dual degrees in performing arts and other related fields such as physical therapy, business, mass-communications, etc.

There are two disciplines of study at The Academy: dance and musical theatre.  Both disciplines involve a high level of dance education and training.  We train our students with an emphasis on college auditions, scholarships and professional careers.  Our students begin actively networking with casting directors, master teachers and educators as well as agents and managers.  We carry our students to Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Atlanta for additional training and networking.  We have a wonderful success rate with many of our students who can be seen in feature films commercials and television as well as signed with major agents in NY and LA.

 

Our Staff at The Academy:

Academic Director: 

Renee Street

Renee grew up in Cartersville, GA. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in education from Jacksonville State, then, went on to get her Masters Degree in Education and Educational Specialist degree at University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been teaching in the public school system for 35 years. Renee joined our Academy as the Academy Director one year ago and has really enjoyed the online learning programs as an educational choice for our pre-professional dancers.

Outside of the Academy, Renee enjoy spending time with her growing family. She has been married to her husband, Tommy, for 36 years. She has three daughters and two son-in-laws. She also loves Alabama football. Roll Tide!

Teacher:

Anita Dobbs

Though she’s been retired for 6 years, Anita has been teaching in many school systems for 33 years. 24 of those years were spent in Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. She loves math and is certified to teach grades 1-9. She has been working with our Academy for the last two years, mainly tutoring math. Outside of the Academy, Anita still helps coach the Hewitt-Trussville High School track team and tutors math for the GED at the Firehouse Men’s Shelter in downtown Birmingham.

Anita loves traveling with her family. Her husband coaches the cross country/track team at Hewitt-Trussville High School but over the summer, they enjoy the time together by creating new adventures together with their daughters. She and her husband, David, have traveled to 46 states and nearly 5,000 miles every time they decide to travel. Her daughters, Catie and Amanda, are grown now. Catie and her husband, Andrew, live nearby with their wonderful daughter Anderson. Amanda lives in Washington, D.C. and is a social worker with the homeless.

Mentor: Lori Maddox

Requirements:

To be considered for The Academy you must meet the following criteria

*”A-B” level student in public or private schools

*intermediate-professional level dancer

*Multiple interviews with The Academy staff

Due to the rigorous training in academics as well as dance, there are limited spaces open in The Academy.  It is a very structured and challenging atmosphere in which we produce highly successful academic students as well as dancers who are able to work as a professional dancer through out their elementary – high school years.