|Linda Bennett, originally from Southern California, trained at the
American Ballet School, under the direction of Lynda Yourth (formerly with
the New York City Ballet). At 18 she moved to New York to continue her
training on full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School, where she also
began teaching. In 1989 Linda was invited to join the Milwaukee Ballet
Company where she rose to the rank of soloist in 1991 and quickly
became a favorite of the Director and audiences alike. Versatility was a
hallmark of her performing career, which included many soloist and
principal roles in a variety of ballets ranging from the classic "Swan Lake"
to Balanchine's innovative "Four Temperaments". Linda has performed
leading roles as a Guest Artist with companies and schools around the
country in addition to teaching extensively throughout the Midwest. Before
opening The Studio of Classical Dance Arts in the fall of 2005 she and her
husband, Marc Darling, served as faculty members for both the Milwaukee
Ballet School and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
|Marc Darling began his career in Chicago under the guidance of legendary ballet instructors Bentley Stone and
Walter Camryn, appearing in the final performance of the famed Stone-Camryn Ballet after just two short years of
training. Marc went on to perform soloist and principal roles with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Austin, Indianapolis
Ballet Theater, Tulsa Ballet Theater, and the Milwaukee Ballet Company. Throughout his career, Marc has followed in
the footsteps of his mentors Mr. Stone and Mr. Camyrn by placing equal emphasis on both teaching and performing.
Marc met his wife Linda Bennett while with the Milwaukee Ballet, and since retiring from the stage in 1995 the couple has
taught throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. In 1999 they returned to the Milwaukee Ballet, this time
helping to build and manage a new branch of the Milwaukee Ballet School in Waukesha Wisconsin. Marc and Linda
enjoy sharing their love of classical ballet with students of all ages and are excited to have the opportunity to develop and
nurture America's next generation of young dancers.
Linda Bennett and Marc Darling