During its more than three-decade history, the Linda Jamieson School of Dance has elevated dance education in Ottawa and produced a notable number of champions, teachers, and artists with successful careers in dance. Former students of the Linda Jamieson School of Dance have performed with world renowned companies such as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada. They have appeared in Broadway productions such as Hello Dolly, Cats, Crazy for You, Lost in Yonkers, and Kiss Me Kate. Graduates have also danced at the Spring Pops and Christmas Concerts of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and secured employment as performers for Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises, Inc. after their time at the Linda Jamieson School of Dance. The Linda Jamieson School of Dance offers comprehensive training to young dancers between the ages of 3 and 19 at its studios in Kanata Town Centre. The programs offered include classes in Ballet, Jazz, Jazz Technique, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary dance, as well as Creative Movement for preschool children. The Linda Jamieson School of Dance offers Pre School, Recreational and Pre Proessional classes during the regular dance season as well as in the summer programs. It offers, in addition to its instructional programs, opportunities to dance in its annual production of The Nutcracker Christmas Ballet, membership on its competition team, and participation in the annual year-end recital. At the Linda Jamieson School of Dance, students receive guidance as well as instruction from Director and Choreographer Linda Jamieson and her team of accredited teaching professionals. Students are also given opportunities to study with esteemed guest artists who have performed around the world. Current guest artists include a member of the Paris Opera Ballet Company, a Principal Dancer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company, and Broadway dancers and choreographers.
For ballet students serious about their study, the Royal Academy of Dance provides one of the best teaching methods available. The method is taught in more than 70 countries and 250,000 students throughout the world annually, including students at the Linda Jamieson School of Dance.The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) style, sometimes called the English method, combines techniques from a variety of European ballet methods. At beginning levels of instruction, RAD focuses on small details and basic techniques, holding that mastery of basic elements produces stronger dancers at more advanced levels. RAD offers two syllabi for dancers to pursue, depending on their experience and future aspirations. The graded-examination syllabus includes instruction in styles including classical ballet and free movement and is designed for students to progress throughout its 10 graded levels. Students considering a career in dance often follow the vocational graded syllabus, an intense curriculum focusing on both classical ballet and dancing en pointe. Linda Jamieson serves as director and choreographer of Kanata, Ontario’s Linda Jamieson School of Dance. The school provides dance instruction in styles ranging from classical ballet to jazz technique and teaches students 3 and older. For more information, visit www.jamiesondance.com.