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Linda Gelinas was the Dance Captain for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. She has been recognized, in the Met archives, as having danced the most principal roles in the history of the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center. She was also a member of Edward Villella and Dancers and The Eglevsky Ballet, both under the direction of Edward Villella. She performed with Alexander Godunov and Friends, the Pavlova Celebration Tour, The Nureyev-Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky, The Boston Repertory Company and more. Throughout her career, she has performed works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Edward Villella, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Alvin Ailey, Carmen De Lavallade, Bob Fosse, Robert LaFosse, Sean Curran, among others. She also performed the role of Louise in a New England Tour of Carousel.
Ms. Gelinas teaches company class at the Metropolitan Opera and is on faculty at Steps on Broadway. She teaches at the Juilliard School, New York University, the Joffrey School and The School at Steps. She has choreographed original works for the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive and has taught for the Miami City Ballet Summer Intensive, where she has also choreographed original works. She was the ballet mistress for the Festival Company at the Chautauqua Institution, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. She also taught at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts, the Columbia Performing Arts Center and the West Coast Dance Explosion as an instructor and judge. Ms. Gelinas has been a guest teacher at multiple schools throughout the country.
Ms. Gelinas was the resident choreographer, movement coach and dance instructor for the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program and the Opera Children's Chorus at the Crested Butte Music Festival, under the direction of Keith Miller. There, she choreographed Carmen, Magic Flute, L'Elisir d'Amore, Hansel and Gretel, Barber of Seville and Pirates of Penzance.
Ms. Gelinas received her formal training at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Boston Ballet School. She also is a certified Pilates instructor and is a graduate of the New York Film Academy.