Diane Linder

Director, Malibu Civic Ballet Academy,
Director, Malibu Civic & Concert Ballet Companies,
Artistic Director, The Malibu Ballet & Performing Arts Society,
Director, Centre Stage Company
Diane’s performance career includes many years as a Principal Ballet Dancer with The Gene Marinaccio American Concert Ballet Company, performing classical and contemporary roles, as well as leading roles in Musical Theatre productions of Carnival, 110 In The Shade, Company, Brigadoon, and Man of La Mancha. Her film and television career includes roles in Knight Rider, Remington Steele, Hillstreet Blues, Murder She Wrote, Staying Alive, and Beaches, along with commercials for Kraft Parmesan Cheese and Jane Seymour’s Natural Advantage.

Diane founded and was Artistic Director of her own Ballet and Performing Arts Studio for 15 years, where she choreographed and staged 12 original ballets. She is especially proud of the dancers in Malibu Civic and Concert Ballet Companies, who, along with performing  the premiere of her original choreography for”The Red Shoes Ballet,” in Spring, 2011, performed in her original ballet, Elizabeth and the Lieutenant on Earth Day, 2010. Diane also directed and choreographed the same companies in the 2009 and 2010 productions of “The Nutcracker” at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre, a tradition for Malibu’s resident company.

Diane has worked professionally and studied with choreographers Dom Salinaro, Ben Lokey, Roland DuPre, Claude Thompson, Denon and Saber Rawles (in the motion picture, Staying Alive), Larry Rosenberg, Gene Marinaccio, Victoria Koenig, Patricia Neary, Colleen Neary, John Clifford, Margaret Hills, Reid Olson and trained with Ballet Masters, David Craig in New York, and Stanley Holden in Los Angeles. She performed in American Ballet Theater’s, Giselle at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Ms. Linder studied with renowned Ballet Master and Mentor, Stanley Holden, R.A.D., (former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet in London) where she had the opportunity to participate with many noted dancers, including Gelsey Kirkland, Mikail Barishnikov, Patricia Neary, Anthony Dowell, and Allegra Kent.

In 1997, Diane was thrilled to be invited to be a Professor at Pepperdine University, where she directed the Dance Department, the annual dance production, Dance In Flight, and choreographed Ballet, Theatre, and Opera Productions including Hansel and Gretel, The Philosopher’s Stone, The Magic Flute, and Die Fledermaus, along with establishing The Pepperdine Dance Company which toured and performed Aaron Copeland’s Rodeo and Sergei Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kije Suite.

Many of Ms. Linder’s students have gone on to pursue professional careers with The Palos Verdes Ballet Company, Pasadena Dance Theatre, The Orange County Metropolitan, Ballet Company, American Ballet Theater, and The San Francisco Ballet Company.