Before acquiring her bachelor in Communications at Loyola University, Linda, a native of Chicago, attended Simeon Vocational High School. She began studying dance with various instructions in the Chicagoland area including Julian Swain and Carlton Smith. Formal ballet training began for Ms. Swayze with Walter Camryn and Bentley Stone along with studying with Larry Long at Ruth Page before moving to New York to dance with The Dance Theatre of Harlem where she was a member for fifteen years. While with the Dance Theater of Harlem she travelled extensively domestically and internationally. Ms. Swayze participated in the closing ceremony of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, travelled as part of a cultural exchange program to perform in the Soviet Union at the St. Petersburg and Kirov Theatres, and performed in the television ballet production of DTH’s “Creole Giselle” aired on PBS. Due to DTH’s varied repertory Ms. Swayze has danced both classical and modern ballets in principal and soloist roles. After leaving DTH she returned to Chicago and taught at Homer Bryant’s Multi-Cultural Dance Center along with teaching dance at Roosevelt Elementary School in Dolton, IL. Presently Linda has been working with the Joffrey Ballet in the Community Engagement Department in their outreach programs. This summer she taught at CAMP Joffrey and will be teaching this fall in Joffrey Ballet new Bridge Program.
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