Linda Del Monte (Miss Linda). President and Artistic Director of Linda’s Ballet Workshop, Inc. began her dance training at age nine in Schenectady, New York. That first class was the beginning of a love that would last a life-time. As a youth, she danced with the Schenectady Civic Ballet Company and Phyllis Mermein’s Ballet Workshop. Upon completion of Dance Educator’s of America Teacher Training Program, under the direction of Gertrude Hallenbeck, Linda scored a 100% on the teacher certification exam. She was the first student in DEA history to achieve such an honor. After serving as Miss Hallenbeck’s assistant, Linda moved to Woodbridge and in 1982 she began teaching ballet in her basement studio. She continued her studies with Oleg Tupine of the Virginia Ballet Company and in 1990 moved Linda’s Ballet Workshop, Inc. to the Festival at Old Bridge in Lake Ridge. Miss Linda continuously attends dance workshops, seminars, training schools and live performances of world class ballet companies. She has had the pleasure of working extensively with Edward Villella, Founding and Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet Company, Raymond Lukens, internationally known teacher, Ballet Master and Artistic Associate, ABT/NYC Masters Program, and Charles Kelley, Director of the Dance Educators of America Teacher Training School. Owning her own studio and teaching her beloved ballet is indeed her dream come true!
Allison Erale (Miss Alli) began her dance training at the age of two in the first ballet class ever held by Linda’s Ballet Workshop, Inc. She came downstairs of her home and joined a class with her sister and her friends taught by her mom, Miss Linda. When she got tired, she rested with her blanket. Dance has always been a very important part of her life and as the studio grew, so did Miss Alli. She never stopped taking class. She began with ballet then later added tap, jazz, pointe and lyrical always studying at LBW. Miss Alli began assisting her mom with ballet classes when she was ten years old. She started teaching her own tap and jazz classes at age sixteen. Her studies expanded to include instruction with Kathryn Fredgren of the Arlington Center for Dance, Mimi Helmuth in intensive private tap dance workshops, and Oleg Tupine of the Virginia Ballet Company. In July of 2002, Miss Alli participated in a comprehensive six day intensive with the Dance Educators of America Teacher Training School at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Campus. Upon completion of a very difficult exam, she received her Level I teaching certification. Again, in July of 2003, she returned to that same program where she received her Level II certification. In July of 2004, Miss Alli completed the program and received her Level III teacher training certificates. Miss Alli continuously attends dance workshops, seminars and live performances to further her knowledge of dance. Her classes are ever increasing in size and variety. She is greatly loved and admired by her students and their parents.
Rebecca Ward (Miss Becky) grew up in Woodbridge, VA and joined her first ballet class at the age of three. At age seven she began taking classes at Linda’s Ballet Workshop and truly found her love of dance. She expanded her weekly classes from Ballet to include Jazz, Lyrical, and Modern, and was chosen as one of the first members of LBW’s performing troupe Fifth Position. At age 14, Miss Becky was selected to assist with the studio’s Adapted Ballet class. After the first class Miss Becky knew that one day she would become a dance instructor herself. In the summer of 1999, Miss Becky applied for an internship with Maryland’s Ballet Petite and was chosen out of many applicants for their summer program. Directly out of High School she was offered a position with them teaching Creative Movement and Ballet classes. Miss Becky has also served as the Artistic Director for Dance Upon a Dream in Potomac, Md. She has choreographed numerous pieces for performance groups and dance competitions reaching as far as Walt Disney World, Fl. Miss Becky attended The Dance Educators of America’s Teacher Training School in Las Vegas, NV, where she had the honor and privilege of taking classes with world-renowned teachers Charles Kelley, Raymond Lukens, and Nan Giordano. She received both Level I and II Certifications and is a lifetime member of the DEA. Miss Becky has been an instructor of Jazz and Lyrical at Linda’s Ballet Workshop for the past 6 years and also teaches for Balance’ Ballet in Alexandria, Va. Her great love for children and passion for dance is evident in her classes and teaching style. She believes that dance is an amazing outlet for self-expression, creativity and a nurturing place for everyone.
Devin Brosnan (Miss Devin) was born and raised in Woodbridge, VA where her love for dance was first fostered. She started at Linda’s Ballet Workshop studying jazz when she was 6 years old. She loved it so much she added on tap…then lyrical, ballet, pointe, hip hop and modern. Her love for dance continued to grow when she was accepted to the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Dance Program at Woodbridge High School in 2004. She continued her studies upon acceptance into the Virginia Governor’s School Program for Dance in 2007. After high school graduation, she was accepted to the University of Maryland in College Park where she will graduate in May 2012 with a B.A. in Dance. At Maryland, she has studied with artists including Gesel Mason (Mason/Rhynes Productions), Adriane Fang (Doug Varone), Sharon Mansur (Mansurdance), Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig (PearsonWidrig Dance Theater), Dawn Springer, and Alvin Mayes. In addition, Miss Devin has not only danced in numerous student-choreographed works, but she was also selected to work with guest artists Jen McGinn, artist in residence at Hollins University and the American Dance Festival program, and with Keith A. Thompson (Trisha Brown Dance Company/ danceTactics Performance Group) as an understudy for his newest work Which Side of the Edge Crumbles Amidst the Soft Break. She also recently worked with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in the world premiere of Lerman’s new project The Matter of Origins. In May of 2011 Miss Devin received a Zumba fitness instructor teaching certification. She keeps up with Zumba as a group fitness instructor at the University of Maryland’s Campus Recreational Services. Miss Devin first began working for LBW as an assistant and substitute in 2004 and now teaches modern, hip hop, ballet, tap, and jazz. She is so thankful to be a part of the LBW family and is excited to pass on her knowledge to all of the students she teaches!
Chelsea Harmon (Miss Chelsea) took her first ballet class at the Wilson School of Dance when she was 3 years old. It’s been “love at first leap” ever since! While living in Hawaii as a child, she danced at the Maui Academy of Performing Arts but found her true home when she moved to Virginia and began dance at Linda’s Ballet Workshop. Miss Chelsea has danced in The Nutcracker twice and is a former member of LBW’s group Fifth Position. Although she has taken classes in many different styles including lyrical, jazz, modern, improv and tap, ballet will always be her true passion. Miss Chelsea will graduate in May 2012 from the University of Mary Washington with a B.S. in Psychology. She hopes to use this degree to pursue her dream of teaching a ballet class for students with special needs. She plans to pursue her dance teacher certification from Dance Educators of America the following summer. Miss Chelsea continues to take dance classes as well as attend dance and musical theatre performances to further her knowledge and inspiration of dance. She currently assists Miss Linda and teaches ballet at LBW.