Jean Linke

Jean Linke

Jean Linke - Jazz, Lyrical, Tap


Jean has studied extensively in various genres of dance, including ballet, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and jazz in her hometown of Ottawa. She has completed her advanced level examinations in both jazz and tap (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers [ADAPT] syllabus), as well her Advanced 1 and 2 vocational ballet examinations (Royal Academy of Dance), achieving high standings in all disciplines. As a member of her studio’s competitive dance team, she earned numerous high score placements for her solos and won many regional titles throughout the years. She also won a national dancer of the year title in 2007 in Florida, at the prestigious American Dance Awards national finals.

In addition to her performance abilities, Jean has also shared her love of dance through several teaching positions that she has held at multiple studios in the Ottawa and Quebec area. During this time, she was given the opportunity to choreograph routines for soloists and groups for the competitive teams, achieving acknowledgement for the quality of her work through special awards. Jean has also choreographed routines for local musicians in the Ottawa area for public performances at festivals. In 2007 Jean choreographed and was a backup dancer for Weird Al Yankovic at a special production during the Ottawa Exhibition.

Her desire for enrichment in dance has led her to participate in numerous dance conventions and workshops outside of the studio, where she has received scholarships on numerous occasions. As a young adult, Jean made the move to Toronto to pursue a professional career in dance, and to date she has performed in several commercials and shows as well as videos and charity events. She is currently affiliated with ‘Bringing Tap Back’ which is a professional tap company under the direction of Everett Smith.