Academy of Ballet and Tucson Regional Ballet Company is proud to announce the achievements of its students who have been awarded scholarships to, or have received professional contracts with, the following dance schools, universities and companies:

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre Company & School, American Ballet Theatre II, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, Ballet Arizona Company & School, Ballet West, Baltimore Ballet Company, Bolshoi/Vail International Summer of Dance, Boston Ballet Company & School, Boulder Ballet Company, California Institute for the Arts, Colorado Ballet Company, Columbia Classical Ballet Company, Dance Aspen, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Disney Productions, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hartford Ballet School, Houston Ballet II, Houston Ballet Academy, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre, Joe Tremaine Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet School, Juilliard, Kirov Academy, Le Jeune Ballet de Paris, Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, Los Angeles Classical Ballet Company, Milwaukee Ballet Company & School, Nevada Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet Company, North Carolina Dance Theatre, North Carolina School of the Arts, Oakland Ballet Company, Orlando Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Point Park College Conservatory, Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet Company (Copenhagen), San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, School of the Hartford Ballet, State Street Ballet Company & School, Texas Ballet Theatre, University of Arizona School of Dance, Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Virginia School of the Arts, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Washington Ballet Company & School (D.C.)

About Our Founder

Academy of Ballet was founded in 1981 by Linda Walker, who began her dance training at the age of six in California. She studied with many small ballet schools throughout California, Robert Joffrey in New York, and San Francisco Ballet on full scholarship. She is the founder of Academy of Ballet (formerly Tucson School of Ballet, 1981), founding Artistic Director of Tucson Regional Ballet (1983), proud mother of four, and grandmother of lots and lots.  From 1988 through May 2002, Ms. Walker instructed students from St. David, Sierra Vista, Dragoon, Pomerene, Benson, and Wilcox at her Benson site.

Ms. Walker’s dedication to quality ballet led the Tucson Regional Ballet to audition for, and gain membership in, Regional Dance America/Pacific (1994), and her innovative creativity has brought TRB to new heights with the original production of A Southwest Nutcracker. TRB also premiered Ms. Walker’s original ballet adaptations of Susan Lowell’s best-selling children’s books, The Three Little Javelinas and The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit.  She has served on the board of Regional Dance America/Pacific and as a panelist for Tucson Pima Arts Council. Ms. Walker retired from active teaching in June of 2019, but may still be found operating her boutique, Arabesque Dancewear. To contact her directly, please email  In Ms. Walker’s spare time she cares for her three rescue dogs and traps, spays/neuters, releases, and feeds dinner every night to feral cats.