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CDI is a dance studio located in South Carlsbad that specializes in classical dance training for all ages. We believe it is important to cultivate a learning environment that is healthy, all-inclusive, welcoming, and fun! We push our dancers to be the best they can be by providing constructive feedback in a positive manner.
Well, many things! One is that we don’t compete. Competition is great for many studios, but we would rather focus on instilling the LOVE for the ART of dance in our students, rather than promoting competitiveness. But don’t worry! Your student will get to show their skills at our end-of-year recital.
Another aspect that sets us apart is that we make sure only to play appropriate music, teach appropriate dance moves, and choose appropriate costumes based upon your child’s age. We don’t believe in bringing attention to our students’ bodies in a sexualizing or provocative manner at any age. And we don’t encourage listening or dancing to suggestive music containing curse words or questionable lyrics. We pride ourselves on creating family-friendly performances, full of great talent that everyone can enjoy! In other words, you won't be embarrassed to invite Grandma and Grandpa to your child's performance.
We offer classes for all ages in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, hip hop, praise dance, and tumbling!
We also offer technique classes in strength & cardio, turns and leaps and stretch and strengthening.
Check out our class schedule on our "classes" page.
We put on end-of-year recitals! These recitals are also benefits to raise money for Connor's Cause. More about them on our "Connor's Cause" tab.
We also attend annual dance conventions!
We are taking all the necessary Covid precautions and even feature zoom classes! Steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include:
Temperature check upon arrival, teachers wear masks at all times, barres and floors are cleaned and sanitized after classes, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and no touching of each other. Masks are required.
We also have zoom available for those not comfortable with being in the studio.
Owner & Director
Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Combo Classes
Linda Wilkerson, "Miss Linda", started dancing at the age of 10, and at the age of 14 received a scholarship to attend the American School of Dance in Hollywood. She trained under the direction of Eugene Loring and took master classes from Robert Joffrey, Marcel Marceau, and many others—the same ones as Juliet Prowse, Mary Tyler Moore, and George Chakiris, just to name a few. She went on to own, direct, and teach at Village School of Dance in Los Angeles County for 18 years. VSD won multiple awards, having placed in many competitions at the national level and attended dance conventions in LA, Orange County, New York, and Las Vegas. In 1991, she sold her studio and moved to San Diego where she has owned, directed, and taught at CDI for the last 28 years.
"It brings me great pleasure to give your child the gift of dance and to make this an experience that they will be able to enjoy for many years. Dancing not only builds their bodies physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Now is the time to build our children’s self-esteem and to give them the confidence that we all need in life. A positive environment can only help build that confidence".
Turns & Leaps, Musical Theatre
Born and raised in Carlsbad, California, Sophia Marks started dancing at the age of three. In high school, Sophia served as dance captain of her competitive show choir team and choreography intern for the middle school show choir. At 17, she moved to New York to continue her education. After a year of studying journalism at Fordham University, she decided to transfer to The American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy, AMDA New York, to pursue her dreams. She then transferred to AMDA College of the Performing Arts, Los Angeles to obtain her AOS in Dance Theatre. Sophia is also a singer, writer, mental health advocate, and self-proclaimed musical theatre nerd. She loves performing, telling stories through her art, and sharing that art with audiences. Sophia is excited to share her passion with the students at CDI!
Stretch & Strengthening, Tumbling, Beg Lyrical
Meghan McDowell started dancing at the age of three but has only had the opportunity of being a student of Miss Linda since she was eight years old. She has been apprenticing under Miss Linda, subbing in to teach her classes, and has choreographed multiple works for her. She was a member of Coastal Academy High School's dance team in her junior year and is currently a featured choreographer for them, having choreographed many routines that the team will perform and compete with. She currently also teaches private dance lessons as a side business. Meghan is now a student at Mira Costa College where she is working towards a degree in Business Admin. One of her greatest joys is being a leader to others so she is beyond excited to be teaching at CDI!
Beg/Adv Hip Hop, Strength & Conditioning
Julia Bender was born and raised in Carlsbad, California where she started dancing with Miss Linda at the age of three. Throughout middle school, Julia did show choir where she kept up with her dance training as well as musical theater. Julia is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and hip hop. In high school, Julia took dance classes and was able to continue her love of performing. She has also choreographed and performed numbers for past recitals. While dancing, Julia played various sports to include volleyball and softball. She competed at a competitive level of softball for 6 years. Julia is currently a student at California Baptist University majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Medicine. As an avid athlete, dancer, and fitness enthusiast, Julia hopes to share her passion for health, fitness, and her love of dance with her students.