Faculty

Linda Dobbins

OWNER          

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:  Lifetime Movies, 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, The Beach Boy, Vegas Shows and more!

 

Claire Kendrick

Claire Kendrick is a Birmingham, AL native that has spent the last four years in New York City studying and professionally dancing. In May of this year, she will receive her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College’s Conservatory Dance Program in New York, New York. Claire has trained in ballet, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, pointe, tap, acro, and many other styles for the past twenty years. Some of her honors and awards include being named Dance Masters of America Miss Dance Chapter 33 in 2017 and Dance Masters of America National Miss Dance 1st Runner-up in 2017, as well as Dance Makers Inc. Regional Solo Star Maker Winner and National Solo Star Maker Top 5. Claire was also named Shelby County’s Distinguished Young Woman in 2017 and went on to be named Alabama’s Distinguished Young Woman in 2017. Claire is actively apart of Stacey Tookey’s Protege Program, and has assisted on convention for many years under choreographers such as Robert Roldan, Kathryn Mccormick, Erica Sobol, Channing Cooke, Jason Parsons, Hayden Frederick, Emily Greenwell, Tommy Alexander, Keith Clifton, Nancy Lushington, Melissa Emrico, Barry Youngblood, Greg Russell, Brooke Paulsen Zelus, Justin Giles, and many more. Claire has won numerous solo awards, honors, and scholarships both regionally and nationally at conventions and competitions such as Nuvo, Jump, 24/7, Hollywood Vibe, Dance Makers Inc., Dance Masters of America, Hollywood Dance Jamz, Company Dance, NYCDA, Artist Simply Human, and more. Her recent performance credits include an array of New York debuts with numerous choreographers at the Theresa Lang Theater, Arts on Site, The Peridance Gala, Alchemical Theater Lab, The Peridance Apex Showcase, Broadway Dance Center, InKubate Dance Festival, Steps on Broadway, and the Capezio Ace Awards. 
 
Claire has since returned to Birmingham to pursue medicine, and is excited to give-back and share her knowledge and love of dance with young dancers and aspiring professionals. 
 

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

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 Classical Ballet Dance Academy in Caracas, Venezuela. During her pre-professional and professional training years, Mares had the opportunity of participating in productions like Don Quixote, Coppélia, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and La Sylphide. 

Mares has also 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. She is also a sixth year Staff with the M.A. Dance Nation Company in Plano, Texas, where she travels across the country teaching Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Military, High Kick and Pom dance techniques. Mares has been a part of summer commuter and private camps taught in Texas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio, Georgia and Connecticut. 

Mares graduated from the Florida State University School of Dance with a Master’s of Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Studio and Related Studies in 2019. During her time at FSU Mares participated in several dance MFA and MA concerts by fellow FSU alumna. As well as in sight Contact Improvisation Jam performances and her own Thesis performance at the Florida State Capitol in April of 2019. For two years Mares throughly studied the ballet and contemporary techniques under the mentorship of the acclaimed and talented educators: Anjali Austin, Caleb Mitchell, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Kehinde Ishangi, Ilana Goldman, and Tiffany Rhynard.

Most recently, Mares obtained her Certification in the revolutionary Progressive Ballet Technique. A technique with ideals that are backed by sound physiological and biomechanic methods of training in order for the dancer to achieve more effortless precision and technical accuracy.

Mares is an advocate for dancer agency and the idea of encouraging “smart dancers”. She will challenge her students and aid them in the process of  developing 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.