lwalker Linda Walker, Founding Director

Linda Walker began her dance training at the age of six in California. She studied with many small ballet schools throughout California, Robert Joffrey in New York, and San Francisco Ballet on full scholarship. She is the founder of Academy of Ballet (formerly Tucson School of Ballet, 1981), founder and Artistic Director of Tucson Regional Ballet (1983), proud mother of four, and grandmother of lots and lots.  From 1988 through May 2002, Ms. Walker instructed students from St. David, Sierra Vista, Dragoon, Pomerene, Benson, and Wilcox at her Benson site.

Ms. Walker’s dedication to quality ballet led the Tucson Regional Ballet to audition for, and gain membership in, Regional Dance America/Pacific (1994), and her innovative creativity has brought TRB to new heights with the original production of A Southwest Nutcracker. TRB also premiered Ms. Walker’s original ballet adaptations of Susan Lowell’s best-selling children’s books, The Three Little Javelinas and The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit.  Ms. Walker has served on the board of Regional Dance America/Pacific and as a panelist for Tucson Pima Arts Council. In Ms. Walker’s spare time she cares for her three rescue dogs and traps, spays/neuters, releases, and feeds dinner every night to feral cats.

Ms. Walker retired from active teaching in June of 2019, but may still be found operating her boutique, Arabesque Dancewear. To contact her directly, please email lwalker@academyofballetintucson.com.