Linda Dobbins


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

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.                                         


Anna Marie Dobbins

Artistic Director

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!


Aaron Gilbert

Ballet Director

Aaron began his training under the direction of Kelly Roth, Constance Stine and Madame Xenia Chlistova. His training continued with T.J. Maheras, Miguel Garcia, Nadja Langenhorst, Dominika Borovansky, Pegge Visicaro, Elina Mooney, Cliff Keuter, Kim Sonderegger, Gail Passey-Reed, and Kee Juan Han, among others. He danced professionally with Ballet Jude, Desert Dance Theatre, and Grounding Pointe Dance Company. During his tenure with Ballet Jude he had the opportunity to perform in numerous contemporary and classical ballets and worked one year as the company’s rehearsal director. He also performed in various musicals and had the opportunity to choreograph a few musicals such as, Bye Bye Birdie and Little Shop of Horrors. After retiring from his professional dance career Aaron began teaching. He spent 13 years teaching dance at Corona del Sol High School, his final 7 as the Director of the dance program. Additionally, he has been teaching ballet and choreographing at various dance studios and ballet schools for the past 19 years. Aaron is also the founder and Artistic Director of the AGBalletProject. Many of his students have gone on to perform with international touring musicals, compete on So You Think You Can Dance, choreograph for SYTCD Ukraine, perform with Gus Giardano Dance Chicago, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, City Ballet of San Diego and participate in many other artistic endeavors. His students have been accepted into training programs with the Washington School of Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, School of Ballet Austin, School of Ballet Arizona, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy, Bolshoi Ballet School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Tokyo the Academy, Boston Ballet School, Houston Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School. He is thankful to have worked and continue working with so many wonderful and passionate young dance artists both as an educator and as a choreographer. Aaron is looking forward to joining the outstanding faculty of Linda Dobbins Dance and sharing his passion and dedication to the art of classical ballet with all of his students.


Lori Maddox

 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!

Mares Sanchez

She graduated from Florida State University with a Master’s of Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Studio and Related Studies. Originally from Venezuela, Mares began her dance training in Classical Ballet at the age of seven with the María Teresa Alford Ballet in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Later, she received a two-year scholarship to join the Nina Novak Ballet Academy in Caracas, Venezuela where she was trained by Nina Novak herself. 
Mares has danced/coached at the collegiate level and choreographed for numerous studios, high schools and university dance organizations: Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association, Heart of America Dance Championships, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Competitive Dance, Starbound National Talent Competition, and the M.A. Dance Nation National Championships to name a few. She is also a part of the M.A. Dance Nation Staff(Plano, Texas), where she travels across the country teaching Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Military, High Kick and Pom technique. Mares has been a part of summer commuter and private camps taught in Texas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia and Connecticut. 
As a dance educator, Mares is an advocate for dancer agency and is passionate about helping students develop their own artistic voice in the classroom.

Protege Program

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.

Proteges Requirements:

You must have received DOMinator

You must have a A/B average in academics and maintain that average while protégé. If your grades drop below an A/B average while protege, then you go on probation and your protégé duties/title are no longer effective until grades are back up. If you are in our academy you (as protege) can never be more than 5 lessons behind or Protege will be on probation.

You must have a dance teacher recommendation

You must not be involved in any other outside activities, as you are expected to be at the studio daily

You must score platinum or double platinum (whatever the highest score is of the competition) in elite and place top 3 overall at a competition. All done at one time (It can not be platinum at one competition and high gold top 3 at another.) There must be at least 10 or more dancers in elite solos and/or title for eligibility. It must also be a competition we are attending as a studio. 

Protégés will be assistants in classes and rehearsals for their protege year. They will be the leaders and mentors of the studio. They will be in charge of assisting at competitions and LDD outings.

Their senior year they attend all dance classes for free. A $2,500.00 scholarship and can return anytime after their senior year for free classes. They are also hired as a teacher assistant at $10.00 per hour.

It is the highest honor of our studio.