Linda Cline

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Linda Cline has been dancing for more than 45 years. Her extensive experience began in New York City as a dancer and choreographer. She studied ballet with Patricia Wild and Olga Merinova at American Ballet Theatre, and modern dance with Clay Taliaferro, Merce Cunningham, and Lenore Latimer. She performed with Saeko Ichinohe and Dancers, Phyllis Rose and Dancers, Mark Dendy, Amanda Lynn, and Feats the Dance Company, along with many other independent choreographers. She was the artistic director of Apogee Dance Company for 3 years based in Hilton Head Island, SC. There she created evening length performances for Savannah and Hilton Head audiences, as well as Spoleto and numerous fundraisers for AIDS/HIV support organizations in the Lowcountry. Linda had the honor to perform with Meredith Monk in her epic work, Quarry at the annual Spoleto Festival in 2003. Linda has received numerous scholarships to attend summer long festivals allowing her to study with Doug Varone, Felice Wolfzhan, Chris Aiken, and Nancy Stark Smith in places such as Vermont and Colorado. Upon moving to the Southeast, Linda entered the field of dance education. She developed the dance program at Hilton Head High School for 5 years and has been teaching at SOA since 2001. During this time, her student dancers have worked with: Brian McGinnis, Ballet Hispanico, Ron K. Brown / Evidence Dance Company, Dayton Dance Company, and Marlayna Locklear. She has an MA from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she worked extensively with Liz Lerman and members of her company and Sara Pearson/Patrick Widrig. Linda is the lead dance teacher for CCSD, she is a Past-President of the SC Dance Association, and she continues to expose the wonderful dancers at SOA to the local community, the state, and the nation.