Linda Dobbins Dance

Linda Dobbins Dance




Teaches:  All Classes: and competitive teams

Linda is the  owner and artistic director of Linda Dobbins Dance.  She has won numerous awards for her teaching methods and is well known for her national champion competitive teams as well as her pre professional program and having performers receive $200,000 in scholarships and actual job placement with her students.

Named “Best Dance Trainer in Birmingham” by Birmingham Magazine, 9/05.

Her training consists of 35 years of dance education in the fields of jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, funk, lyrical, contemporary, vocal and acting. Starting her career in dance and moving on to acting, Linda has been seen throughout the country in national, regional and local commercials, films and print-work. Linda moved from the professional aspects of dancing and acting to open her own professional dance training studio in 1994.  Many of her dancers have moved on to the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Radio City Rockettes, college dance teams,  Broadway Bound and LA Bound dancers and actors have been featured in films, television and commercials.

Linda has a husband of over 30+ years, Barry, and two wonderful children, Michael and daughter in law Nanda,  and her daughter Anna Marie. Her devotion to God, family, friends and dance is known throughout the Southeast region where she has lived all of her life.                                         



Artistic Director

Teaches: All classes and Competitive Coach

Anna Marie has been dancing since the age of 5.   She has won numerous regional titles as well as National Champion Titles in the fields of jazz and hip hop. She has been trained under the “LDD” program as well as world renowned studios in Los Angeles such as “The Edge” and “Debbie Reynolds”.  Anna Marie interned for the world renowned company The Pulse (home of Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Sonya and more superstars of the dance world)

Anna Marie is also a professional actress working the Birmingham, Atlanta, southeast, New York  and Los Angeles Markets. She has been signed with MSA Dance Agency, Sovereign Talent, and Real People Talent Agency.  Anna Marie is a graduate of Birmingham Southern with her BA in dance and choreography.

She can be seen in numerous feature films and television shows such as:  Footloose, Being Mary Jane, Cross, Stalked By My Doctor, My Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Evil Things, and more. She has also danced professional for TLC, Rod Stewart, Vegas Shows and more!


 Studio Manger

Teaches: All dance classes, tumbling, cheer, Competitive dance  Coach

Lori began dance training at the young age of two in Chattanooga, Tennessee and it quickly became her first love. She has studied many fields including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical/modern, hip hop, and musical theatre. She studied under choreographers such as JV Jennings, Kim Wolfe, Nicole Sciacca (“Rent”), and Robert Hoffman (“Step Up 2”, “She’s The Man”) before switching her main focus to theatre arts and vocal performance in high school. She joined Linda Dobbins Dance as a freshman at Birmingham-Southern College where she was on the Panthers Dance Team for two years and active in the theatre, dance, and art departments of the college. She performed in numerous shows including “West Side Story” and “Dollhouse” and was able to focus on management and directing as well. She directed the world premiere of “Visits in the Dark” that opened in Theatre One at Birmingham-Southern College in Spring 2009.

As a professional performer, Lori has worked with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre and Red Mountain Theatre Company in Birmingham, Alabama in shows such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sweet Charity”. She also worked as an apprentice at an equity theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, North Carolina, performing in “Man of La Mancha”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, and “The Rocky Horror Show”. Her favorite experience to date is still performing with the Radio City Rockettes Experience at the American Airlines Theatre on 42nd Street, New York City, New York.


Eva Barkley

Eva began developing her passion for dance at the age of three in Dothan, Alabama where she studied at the Dothan School of Dance. She has developed a strong background in many styles of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap, musical theatre, and hip-hop. She has studied under numerous choreographers such as Nick Bass, Bobby Newberry, Justin Giles, Nick Lazzarini, and Joey Arrigo. She has held various dance titles like National Miss Platinum and Junior, Teen, and Miss Dance of Alabama for Dance Masters of America. She was also named Pulse Protégé, Nuvo and Jump Overall Breakout Artist, and Co. Dance Apprentice. She was the youngest recipient to receive the Emerging Choreographer Award at the Southeast Regional Ballet Association (SERBA) festival in 2010. Eva has performed countless roles for the Southeast Alabama Dance Company including Peter in the production “Peter Pan,” Miss Potts in “Beauty in the Beast,” Flounder in the “Little Mermaid,” and Timon in the “Lion King.” Eva attended the University of Alabama from 2011- 2015 where she was very active in the dance program and participated in programs like Dance Alabama and Alabama Repertory Dance Theater. She also continued to teach and choreograph for the Dothan School of Dance during her four years at Alabama. Eva is very excited about her upcoming year at LDD and can not wait to share her passion with everyone at the studio!

Anna Leigh Sharp

Teaches:  competitive coach, jazz, turns and leaps, contemporary, hip hop, jazz

Anna Leigh is a senior Dance Major and Nutrition Minor at the University of Alabama. She began dancing in 6th grade at Linda Dobbins Dance where she was a member of their competitive team for 9 years. It was at this studio that Anna Leigh first realized her passion for dance. She won numerous awards, titles and scholarships including Senior Miss Platinum, and No break out dancer award.

Now Anna Leigh is continuing to peruse her passion throughout college by choreographing and performing in the dance shows at the University of Alabama such as Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, Dance Alabama, and Dance Collection, as well as the Theatre department’s production of 42nd Street. Anna Leigh has trained with numerous professional studios and companies throughout the country such as Broadway Dance Center and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York City, as well as Millennium Dance Complex, and Edge Performing Art Center in Los Angeles, California to name a few. After college Anna Leigh plans to continue pursuing her passion for dance by spreading her love for the art to her students, and working as a professional dancer and choreographer.

Mackensie Garlow

Mackensie began her dance studies at Barbara Hatch School of Dance in Farmington Hills, MI. Her diverse education included training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. She joined The Link School of the Arts in Troy, MI to study the Cecchetti method under the instruction of Betty Mitchell. Upon graduation, Mackensie studied in Reggio Emilia, Italy, at the La Scoula di Balletto under the instruction of Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Theater from Alma College.  


Our protege program is designed to select one individual each year who we feel would make an excellent candidate for a dance instructor, choreographer,and/ or have a career in a professional dance company. Our protege is mentored by our staff and is allowed to observe the teachers at every class setting and competitive team setting. As well, our protege through hands-on experience will train as a competitive coach, she will travel with the staff to all competitions, conventions, seminars and participate in our staff meetings and planning sessions.

Proteges also begin choreography training and studying methods and techniques in choreography.  They will choreograph either  a solo or a duet in which they will show off their piece at our recital and at our final competition.

We would like to welcome to our LDD Staff Family   TBA 2016-17

Proteges requirements:

Elite level dancer

Junior or senior in high school

Platinum winning solo in their sophomore or junior year and place top 3

A-B student

Must be able to be at the studio to assist in classes Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays their junior and senior years

Interview process with the staff

Selections by Linda and Anna Marie