Linda Dixon

Studio Master Teacher Certification
Level 3 Register of Exercise Professionals
Royal Academy of Dance Grade's Examiner, Dip. PDTC (RAD London) ARAD, Solo Seal.

I trained at a full time vocational dance school from the age of eleven, whilst studying I was introduced to Pilates as a way of preventing injuries. My professional dance career includes; Alexander Roy London Ballet Theatre, London City Ballet and Weinner Ballet Theatre. I was also in the original cast for Cameron Macintosh's Phantom of the Opera Tour.

I then went on to the Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma Course at the Royal Academy of Dance. Upon graduation I taught at a vocational school in Edinburgh, and had my own dance school EH Dance UK for 10 years. I have been guest Ballet Mistress for the Curve Foundation and the Gelabert Dance Company during the 2004 Edinburgh Festival. I was also part of the teaching team for Scottish Ballets Junior Associates and the Dance School of Scotland.

I am a Grade's Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance and am regularly invited to teach both Ballet and Pilates in Royal Academy of Dance Summer Schools worldwide; working alongside Alan Herdman, who was the first pioneer to bring Pilates to the UK in the 1960's. In 2002 I qualified in Pilates, with Body Control Pilates and was the first regional teacher to gain the Studio Master Teacher Certification. I am now part of Body Controls Education Team involved in teacher training.

I believe the key to Pilates is to encourage and allow the natural movement back into the body. I have been a guest lecturer on the Body Control Pilates Development Seminars and have worked with many clients specialising in; osteoporosis, back/disc injuries, major surgery, post and pre natal clients, professional dancers and was even contracted by Working Title Productions to coach Sam Angell who starred in the leading role 'Billy Elliott' (London).

Pilates, having been such an integral part of my career, has certainly made me fit for life!