Instructors

Linda Del Monte

Linda Del Monte (Miss Linda) President and Founding 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

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.

Becky Ward

Becky Ward (Ms. Becky) grew up in Woodbridge, VA where she began studying ballet with Linda Del Monte of Linda’s Ballet Workshop Inc. at the age of 7. She was chosen as one of the first members of the studio’s performance group, Fifth Position, and at age 14, was selected as an assistant teacher at LBW. In the summers of 2002 and 2003, Becky attended the Dance Educators of America’s teacher training school and is a Level II Certified instructor. She is also certified by the American Red Cross in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED. Becky has been teaching in the DMV area for over 15 years, and has been teaching at LBW since 2006. She specializes in jazz, ballet, lyrical, creative movement, and pre-tap. When Becky isn’t at LBW she is directing her own creative Ballet program, Studio One Dance in Capitol Hill, DC. Ballet class was a magical part of growing up for Becky, and she loves that she gets to be a part of so many young children’s first memories of dance.

 

 

Chelsea Norris

Chelsea Norris (Miss Chelsea) fell in love with ballet at just 3 years old when she began taking classes at the Wilson School of Dance in Charlottesville, VA. She has been fortunate enough to dance in The Nutcracker twice (with Maui Academy of Performing Arts and Manassas Ballet Theater) and to have been a member of Fifth Position, a performing group at LBW Dance. In 2010 Miss Chelsea received her Pilates Mat teacher certification from Body Arts & Science International (BASI). She graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology. After graduating, she applied the knowledge from her degree, as well as her experience as an ABA tutor, to create the Adaptive Ballet Class at LBW Dance (her dream come true!). In 2017 Miss Chelsea completed the Teachers Training School of Dance Masters of America – Level 2 as well as Boston Ballet’s 2 day Adaptive Dance Teacher Training. Miss Chelsea and her husband have a 1 year old son who also loves to dance 🙂

 

Daniela Moghtadaie

Daniela Moghtadaie (Miss Daniela) grew up in Woodbridge, VA where she began dancing at age 3 with Miss Linda at LBW. She has since taken classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and modern. At the age of 15, she was fortunate to be selected as a member of LBW’s performing group, Fifth Position. After substitute teaching at the studio, she was asked to become an assistant in 2013. She grew to love dance more than ever, and her dream of teaching her own class soon became a reality. In July of 2017, Daniela completed the Dance Educators of America Teacher Training School as a Level I Certified instructor. Miss Daniela is enthusiastically committed to furthering her knowledge and training of dance. She hopes to instill the love and passion for dance into her student’s hearts just as Miss Linda, Miss Alli, and all her teachers over the years have done for her.

 

 

Gwyneth Mehr

Gwyneth Mehr (Miss Gwyn) started dancing at the age of 4 at Linda’s Ballet Workshop. She began with a ballet/tap class and before she knew it she was taking ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, modern, hip hop and contemporary. In 2012, Gwyn was accepted into Woodbridge Senior High School’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Dance Program, where she studied dance history and dance composition for four years. She started assisting at LBW at the age of 15 and that’s when she realized she wanted to be a dance teacher one day. In the summer of 2017, Gwyn attended Dance Educators of America’s teacher training school and became a level 1 certified dance teacher. Gwyn is very excited to begin her dance teaching career and share her knowledge and passion for dance.

 

 

Gina Consumano

Gina Consumano (Miss Gina) is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher in many styles of dance. She began her dance training at LBW with her first jazz class with Miss Alli. After graduating high school she earned her dance degree from the University of Virginia under the direction of Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp and worked with guest artists such as Bill T. Jones and Company, Autumn Proctor, and Kim Brooks Mata. As a dancer with the DC-based company Capitol Movement Inc., Gina has performed on international dance tours partnered with Armed Forces Entertainment performing for military members and family throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. In addition to her classical dance training, Gina has years of dance team experience, including being a Head Instructor for Universal Dance Association. She continues to judge various competitions throughout the U.S. and teach internationally, including the Varsity China Academy in Guangzhou, China. Gina is happy to share her love of dance in the same place it began: LBW!

 

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood (Miss Sarah) began dancing in Pittsburgh at the ripe age of three, and grew to learn ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and even some gymnastics and baton. She took time off in college, but missed dancing terribly and got into teaching when she moved to Virginia. After moving to Lake Ridge, she took a leap of faith and emailed Miss Linda about working at the studio, and the rest is history. Miss Linda and the LBW ladies took her into the family in 2015 as though she had been there her whole life! She absolutely loves teaching and embodying the LBW motto, “Learn to dance for the love of it.” It’s so wonderful to dance alongside people from 2 to 92, who all love dancing, no matter their age. She only hopes that her son, Everett, loves to move and shake as much as she does!

 

 

Annie Short

Annie Short (Miss Annie) was born in West Grove, PA.  She grew up dancing in Pennsylvania and Delaware and did ballet, jazz, lyrical, character, modern and tap.  She started dancing when she was 3 years old and started college as a dance performance major but switched midway to pursue Geography.  She has her Masters of Science in Geography from University of Delaware.  While she was in graduate school, she danced with a modern dance company called Dance Matrix.  Ms. Annie has taught dance since she was a teenager and joined the LBW family in 2016. She loves to share her understanding of technique and love of dance as an art form with her students.