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Ballet

Linnea Swarting began dancing at the age of 3 in New Canaan, CT at New England Academy of Dance.

She eventually joined New England Dance Theater, NEAD's pre-professional company, while also training privately with Christina Fagundes, former dancer of American Ballet Theater and San Fransisco Ballet. Ms. Swarting finished her training at University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Program and Boston Ballet School. She then danced for The Washington Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and Ballet Project OC, as well as appearing as a guest principal dancer at Ballet Arts Jackson and Connecticut Dance Theater Company. She was chosen to represent the United States at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2018. Ms. Swarting is currently a Leading Artist at Georgia Dance Theatre as of August 2022. 

 

Performance highlights include: The Fairy Godmother in Sherri Davis' "Cinderella," Snow Queen and Arabian soloist in Sherri Davis' "The Nutcracker," an original soloist role in Danielle Perez' "The Betrayal," featured roles in contemporary works by Jevgeni Gribb and Konstantin Keykhel at "Summer Nights Gala" at Estonian National Opera House in Tallinn, Estonia, Thordal Christensen's "The Nutcracker" and "The Sleeping Beauty," Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's "Bloom," Leading Swans in Paul Vasterling's "Swan Lake," featured roles in Paul Vasterling's "The Nutcracker," "Carmina Burana," and "The Four Seasons," George Balanchine's "Western Symphony" and "Serenade," Septime Webre's "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Nutcracker."

In addition to performing, Ms. Swarting is a Teaching Artist at Georgia Academy of Dance, where she teaches ballet and pointe to students ages 11 and up. She also received certification from Boston Ballet's Adaptive Dance Teacher Training Program in 2017, and uses it to teach "Dance Without Limits," a universally inclusive adaptive dance class with a ballet based syllabus offered at GAD. Ms. Swarting has taught ballet as a guest teacher for several dance studios in Nashville and Los Angeles, led master classes for UCLA's Ballet Company and "A Chance to Dance," Los Angeles Ballet's Outreach Program. She can also be seen demonstrating in several ballet classes for worldwide dance platform, Steezy. In 2018, Ms. Swarting co- founded and taught School of Nashville Ballet's "Adaptive Dance: New Perspectives," a dance class for students of all abilities. While leading this program, she secured funding from the Nashville Predators Foundation to put all students on scholarship, and actively worked to increase diversity and inclusion in the community of Nashville Ballet.

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