Linda Rabin, co-founder and former co-artistic director of LADMMI, now the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, has been teaching movement for over 40 years. A graduate of the Juilliard School (BFA in dance, 1967), she has worked as rehearsal director and company teacher with Israel’s Batsheva Company and England’s Ballet Rambert; has taught and choreographed extensively across Canada for many of the country’s major dance companies, schools and university programs, including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Montréal Danse, Dancemakers, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Simon Fraser University, UQAM, the School of Toronto Dance Theater and Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dance. As a Canadian dance pioneer, Linda has contributed to the emergence of several generations of dancers in this country.
About twenty years ago Linda oriented her focus on somatic education. She studied experiential anatomy and early human developmental movement patterns with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen to become a certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. In 1998 she met Emilie Conrad, creator of Continuum Movement and became an authorized teacher of this approach. Using breath, sound and fluid movement, Continuum is an inquiry into “the movement of life” as it unfolds through our being and the world around us. In 2018, Linda Rabin was awarded as a Distinguished Member in the Order of Excellence in Education by Québec government. She was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2019. In 2020, she received an honorary Award from Les Prix de la Danse de Montréal, recognizing her invaluable contribution to the art of dance through patronage.
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