Summer Dance Experience Instructor
Linnea Stureson Tolbert began her ballet training at Lake Erie Ballet School of Dance in Erie, Pennsylvania under the directorship of Lesley Bories-Scalise. She was later accepted and hired into the school-affiliated performing dance company. There she had the privilege of performing various roles such as Dew Drop, Snow Queen, and Spanish Lead in their rendition of The Nutcracker. The majority of her ballet training has been an eclectic mixture of Balanchine, Cecchetti and Vaganova techniques. However, before pursuing a diligent and technically ballet specific training program, Linnea had established strong jazz, modern and tap techniques at various competition and recreational dance studios. Through her competition years she learned to value and excel in performance, expression, artistry, and musicality. Linnea graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts from Mercyhurst University in 2014. Her expedited experience at Mercyhurst shaped her into a well-rounded, diverse, mature artist with a hunger for knowledge. She looks forward to returning to school and working towards a Master in Fine Arts after her performance career, Currently, Linnea is proud to be a company member for Giordano Dance Chicago, America’s original Jazz company, for her second season after three seasons as a Junior Performing Associate and then a Senior Performing Associate. Linnea has performed works by Ray Leeper, Brock Clawson, Ray Mercer, Jon Lehrer, Randy Duncan, Hanna Brictson, and Peter Chu. In addition to performing, Linnea is a passionate dance educator and choreographer. She enjoys teaching as various schools across the Midwest. In the summer of 2018, Linnea was honored to share her love for the Giordano jazz technique with her fellow students after completing her certification in the Basic Level of the Nan Giordano Certification Program.