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Linda Jackson
Founder
Linda was born in Scotland and raised in England. She has lived in Louisville, Kentucky, New London, Connecticut and Kennewick, Washington and now lives and dances in Louisville, Kentucky. Linda is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where she received a BS degree in Elementary Education.
Studio
Linda is the founder of Ballroom East Dance Studio. The building was purchased in 1986 formerly a ballet studio named Ballet East. The building had to be transformed into a ballroom studio which included knocking out a wall to make one large room and then covering the walls with floor to ceiling mirrors, removing ballet bars and refinishing the floor since it had the wrong finish for ballroom. Many other finishing touches occurred over time culminating in the beautiful hand painted border by local artist, Clovene.
Linda Jackson
Dancing Career
Linda was also busy with her personal dancing in 1986 since Charles Jones came to Ballroom East as an instructor and soon after agreed to form a dance partnership with her. They danced professionally in the International Standard division for over ten years and won numerous awards and titles.
Professional Achievements
United States Rising Star Champions (1989)
Top 12 in United States (1989 – 1993)
Heart Of America Champions (3 times)
Midwest Champions (3 times)
Nevada Star Ball Champions
Finalists in many major competitions in the
United States and Canada
Featured Performers on PBS Championship
Ballroom Dancing in 1990 (hosted by Juliet Prowse)
Teaching and Judging
Linda is now retired from competitive dancing and currently teaches both competitors and non competitors. She is a coach and adjudicator of Ballroom competitions. Adjudicators must be certified and professional tests must be taken in each division that a judge is hired to adjudicate. Linda has received her following certifications which she achieved with “Highest Commendation”:
Professional Certifications
American Style Rhythm Associate Degree
American Style Smooth Associate Degree
American Style Rhythm Licentiate Degree
American Style Smooth Licentiate Degree
International Style Latin Associate Degree
International Style Standard Associate Degree
International Style Latin Licentiate Degree
International Style Standard Licentiate Degree
Theatrical Style Championship Certified
In recognition of Lindas’ dance achievements, her wide array of professional qualifications and her experience as a teacher and coach, the National Dance Council of America has designated her as a "World Class" Judge. This designation is given only to very few highly qualified individuals in the USA who can fulfill the high level criteria required for such a designation.