LINDA GELINAS is a rehearsal director for New York Dance Project. She was formerly a principal dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and has been recognized in the Metropolitan Opera archives, as having danced the most principal roles in the history of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. She performed with Edward Villella and Dancers, The Eglevsky Ballet, Alexander Godunov and Friends, The Pavlova Celebration Tour, The Nureyev-Joffrey Ballet Tribute to Nijinsky, The Boston Repertory Company, and more. Performing 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.
Ms. Gelinas teaches company class at the Metropolitan Opera, is on the faculty at the Juilliard School, Steps on Broadway, the School at Steps and is a teacher and choreographer for the Hong Kong International Summer Program. She teaches company class for both Armitage Gone! Dance and Mordance. She also choreographed and taught for both the Miami City Ballet and the Joffrey Summer Intensives and was ballet mistress for the Festival Company at the Chautauqua Institution, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. She has taught at New York University, Indiana University, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Manhattan Youth Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, Ballet Arts, and Columbia Performing Arts Center. Ms. Gelinas has been a guest teacher at multiple schools throughout the USA.
She was the resident choreographer, and movement coach for the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program and the Opera Children’s Chorus at the Crested Butte Music Festival. 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 is also a certified Pilates instructor and a graduate of the New York Film Academy.