Linda Jess

Founder of Cadance Academy

With an unwavering passion for nurturing young talent and a heart overflowing with generosity, Linda has established herself as a leading figure in the dance community. With over four decades of experience as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Linda has been instrumental in shaping the lives of countless students and has helped them develop the confidence and skills necessary to blossom into talented performers.

In 1979, Linda founded Cadance Academy, where she served as the Director for 26 years until 2005, when she passed the torch to her daughter Gaea, who now serves as the owner and director. Throughout her tenure, Linda was dedicated to providing the highest quality dance education and instilling a love for the art form in her students.

Linda’s background in classical ballet is extensive and impressive. She began her training at the Royal Academy of Dance in Calgary, Alberta in 1955 and went on to complete the R.A.D. Advanced Grade. She also trained at the Banff School of Fine Arts, Canberra Australia and Ottawa, where she honed her skills and developed a deep appreciation for dance.

Linda’s performance career was equally illustrious, as she performed with renowned companies such as the Margot Dance Company and the Alberta Ballet Company. She was known for her captivating stage presence and her ability to bring characters to life through her dances, and she was especially proud of her performance as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, a role that challenged her in every way. She was also involved in numerous musicals including ones at Acadia University directed by one of her mentors Jack Sheriff.

Throughout her career, Linda has been actively involved in the dance community, teaching and choreographing in Alberta and British Columbia, including for the Calgary Stampeders. Upon relocating to Nova Scotia in 1979, she became a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association (C.D.T.A.), where she served on the executive board for 15 years.

To this day, Linda remains involved with Cadance Academy, frequently subbing ballet classes and helping students prepare for their C.D.T.A. exams. Her wisdom, passion, and love for dance continue to inspire and encourage her students, and they are grateful to have her as a part of their dance journey. Linda takes great pride in being a part of her legacy, and she is honored to still be making a difference in the lives of dancers.