LINDA DOBBINS DANCE STAFF

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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!

RENEE STREET

Academy Director

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 in 2017 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!

EVA BARKLEY

Instructor

  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

Instructor

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.

KATIE DROZD

Instructor

Katie Drozd’s passion for dance was sparked at a young age when she began ballet and musical theater classes at a local dance studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her love grew and evolved as she continued her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). She attended both their high school and college program, receiving a BFA in Ballet with a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship and a Pilates certification. 


Some of her repertoire includes soloist and corps roles in Sleeping Beauty, Don Q, Serenade by George Balanchine, and various roles in Ethan Stiefel’s The Nutcracker. In 2019 she participated in Prix de Lausanne’s Partner School’s Choreographic Project dancing in Didy Veldman’s world premiere of Is To Be. She is now dancing with the Alabama Ballet and is excited to continue teaching dance and Pilates in Birmingham!

CODY MAGGIORE

Instructor

Cody was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico where he began dancing at Dance Arts Los Alamos with Cristin Severini and Jonathan Guise. At age 16 he was accepted into The HARID Conservatory’s year round program where he finished his final two years of high school and graduated in 2017 studying primarily under Meelis Pakri. Furthering his training at Butler University he earned a BA in Dance Pedagogy and a minor in Environmental Studies graduating in 2021. While with Butler Ballet, Cody had the opportunity to perform principal roles in The Nutcracker, and Marek Cholewa’s Facets, he also performed in Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, and Patrick deBana’s world premiere of Falling Sky among other pieces and productions. He was one of two students selected to represent Butler at an international gala in Bratislava, Slovakia in November of 2019. After graduating with honors, Cody is currently dancing with Alabama Ballet as an apprentice. Cody has additionally studied at various summer programs including The Joffrey Ballet School, The HARID Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and American Ballet Theatre in New York City, all on full scholarship.

CLAIRE BARNETT

Instructor

Claire Barnett began dancing at a very early age in her hometown of Sterling Heights, Michigan. She began her serious training at Ann Parsley School of Dance and the Macomb Ballet Company, both under the direction of Amber Megna Michalik. Claire supplemented her dance training by attending summer programs at Ellison Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the Cecchetti Council of America. Growing up, Claire studied the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet, and she has successfully completed levels I-VII of her student training examinations. In 2017, Claire had the honor of traveling to Florence, Italy, to represent the Cecchetti Council of America in the triennial Cecchetti International Classical Ballet Competition. Claire furthered her education at Butler University of Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating with high honors and a B.S. in Dance and Arts Administration with a minor in Business Law. While at Butler, Claire had the opportunity to perform many soloist roles in various ballets and excerpts, including those from The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, and The Firebird. Claire now dances as an Apprentice with the Alabama Ballet of Birmingham, AL.

COWLEY GARRETT

Instructor

Cowley Garrett is a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi. As a junior in high school, she was one of four dancers in the state of Mississippi to be accepted to the Mississippi School of the Arts where she studied in modern and ballet. Upon graduating from the Mississippi School of the Arts in 2019, she decided to further her education at the University of Alabama as a Dance Major and Business Minor. While studying at U.A., she has trained in ballet, modern, and jazz styles. Instead of graduating in the originally estimated four years, she has been able to complete her undergraduate degree in three years and graduates in May of 2022. She is currently working at Druid City School of Ballet where she teaches children of the ages 3-7 and helps at the RISE Center of Tuscaloosa teaching ballet to children with special needs. As a student in the Theatre and Dance Department, she is a member of the Dance Honors Society and teaches movement classes to students with cerebral palsy. Upon receiving her B.A. in Dance, she plans to continue a career in dance while working with children and those with mental or physical disabilities and eventually receive her Master’s Degree in Dance Education.

ABIGAIL MILLER

Instructor

Abigail is a graduate from Northwestern State University in Louisiana, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She has studied various dance styles during her time at NSU including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical, and partnering. While at NSU, she has performed in big dance productions, such as The Cat in the Hat, as “Thing 2”, and Cinderella, as "Stepsister #2". Abigail also choreographed her own piece, Voyage, for her Senior Dance Concert show put on by all graduating seniors. She has had the opportunity to take classes and work with artists such as Michael Lomeka, Mary Page Nance, Donald Jones Jr., Jared Doster, and Crystal Lewis. Abigail recently spent her past summer of 2021 performing at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. 


Besides dancing all the time, Abigail loves to spend time with family, cooking, graphic design, and photography.

EMMA THEUS

Instructor

Emma is a graduate of the University of Florida where she was on Dazzlers, the official dance team of the Florida Gators. She began dancing at age 2 and competitively at age 5 at her mother’s studio where she was trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. Emma has won numerous regional titles such as Senior, Teen, and Junior Miss Platinum, Teen Miss Legacy, Teen Miss Starsystems, and Junior Miss Starbound. Her national titles include 2015 Celebration Talent’s Senior Dancer of the Year, Teen National Miss Platinum, and Junior International Dance Idol. While dancing competitively, she attended Lavilla School of the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where she was classically trained in pointe, ballet, and modern. Emma was also an apprentice for Tremaine Dance Conventions where she traveled across the nation assisting choreographers such as Derrick Schrader, Tiffany Maher, and Meghan Sanett. Some of her favorite dance memories have been dancing at Debbie Reynold’s studio in LA, modeling for Glamour Costumes catalog in NY, and appearing on Season 3 of Dance Moms!

PROTEGE PROGRAM

Teacher Assistant Position

To be Eligible: 

  • Competitive Company Member going into their Junior Year

  • 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. 

​Duties:

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.