Linda Holland

Founder/Owner/Artistic Director

 

Linda Holland began studying Ballet at age 4 with Francis Schofield in Harlingen Texas. At 17 she attended Southwest Ballet Center directed by William Martin-Viscount. During her years at Southwest Ballet Center she was a soloist in performances of Swan Lake, Giselle, and Napoli. At 18 she began Harlingen Ballet Center and later Harlingen Concert Ballet Inc. a civic ballet company whose purpose was to expose ballet students in South Texas to full length classical ballets. Holland also performed and toured with Texas Ballet under Soili Arvola and Leo Ahonen.

 

Upon moving to Austin, Holland worked with Ballet Austin Academy where she was instrumental in setting up the professional track for students, initiated the Snap-To program for 3rd graders and was responsible for instruction and rehearsal of the Nutcracker children.

In 2002 Holland began studying International Standard and Latin Ballroom where she competes in both styles. Her passion for Ballet, Ballroom dance and fitness are the inspiration for Dance Institute.