Linda Ridgway-Gamblin

Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship

Linda Gamblin (nee Ridgway) trained with the Royal Ballet School in London and went on to perform principal roles in ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, and Beauty and the Beast whilst working with The Australian Ballet, Royal Ballet London, National Ballet of Portugal and Sydney Dance Company.

Linda has worked with contemporary choreographers such as Michael Clarke, Meryl Tankard and Graeme Murphy and has performed works by Jiri Kylian, Maurice Bejart and Jerome Robbins. Her career has seen her travel extensively throughout the world with highly successful tours to Europe, UK, Asia, USSR and the United States.

In 1989 Linda represented Australia competing in the VI International Ballet Competition at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, winning the Moscow Music Magazine Award for popular dancer. Linda was also the recipient of Australia’sYoung Achievers Award,Arts Category for her dancing (1989).

As well as an extensive professional career as a dancer, Linda is a passionate dance educator. Studying and teaching Pilates mid-career, she developed a keen interest in the body. She attained her Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology whilst teaching Pilates in the UK, and has since further developed her knowledge with courses and workshops on the muscular and skeletal systems and biomechanics. This knowledge has become an integral part of her teaching practice.

Linda is the founding director of Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year. A full-time one year intensive for aspiring contemporary dance artist.