Woodstock Ballet Training

227 E. Calhoun
Woodstock, IL  60098


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Woodstock Dance Academy Faculty

Linda Pohlman is the Owner/Director of the Woodstock Dance Academy. With over 25 years extensive teaching and performance experience in classical ballet, modern dance, and jazz, Mrs. Pohlman brings a nurturing and motivating energy to her ballet students.

Linda received her early ballet dance training from Diane Revie, the present director of the Institute of Dancing Arts in Colorado. While in Colorado she had the opportunity to study modern dance with Hanya Holm at Colorado College, and ballet in Denver with the Colorado Ballet. In the Chicago area, Mrs. Pohlman studied with Stone-Camryn, Lou Conte of Hubbard Street Dance Company, and Randall Newsom of NIU. Mrs. Pohlman danced professionally with Diane Revie, Judith Svalander, and Pamela Bedford.

Under the ownership of Lydia Randolph, Mrs. Pohlman was the artistic director of the Woodstock Ballet Studio, and then served on the faculty of Judith Svalander’s School of Ballet, and Rockford Dance Company.

In addition to teaching ballet dance, Mrs. Pohlman earned her BA from Rockford University and her MA from North Central College. Former students of Mrs. Pohlman’s have earned numerous scholarships to university dance programs, developed into professional dancers, and become accomplished dance teachers. Former students have also pursed other professional careers such as medical doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers, and business owners.


Linda Pohlman

English Swanson

English Swanson has been dancing since 2001. Early on she focused on classical ballet, training with the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, and Ballet Austin.

English was recently a scholarship student at Lou Conte Dance Chicago under the direction of Claire Bataille and worked with Thodos Dance Chicago performing contemporary work in their annual summer performance of New Dances.

English has been dancing professionally and teaching ballet and other styles since 2012. Venturing into the social dances, she was awarded the advanced scholarship at May I Have this Dance. She now teaches and performs ballroom, Latin and Swing regularly in the Chicagoland area.

English is teaching ballet, Character, and Contemporary classes. 


English Swanson

Christy Johanson

Christy Johanson is a teacher, actress, and choreographer. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois, where she also studied dance.  She has a Masters of Music Education from Northern Illinois University.  Christy was on the theatre faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, in 1999, where she taught musical theatre classes and served as vocal director for the middle school musical.  She also taught band, chorus, and music in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. 

Christy has worked on many theatrical productions, both as an actress and behind the scenes. Her favorite roles include Christine in Phantom, Roxie in Chicago, Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing, Judy in A Chorus Line, and Mother in A Christmas Story, the Musical

She is a vocal director for TownSquare Players Summer Musical Theatre Workshop and has directed music and choreographed for shows at local schools. She is also the Associate Producer for the web series Upstaged - The Series.

Christy is teaching drama in the Character classes.  

Christy Johanson

The faculty's goal at Woodstock Dance Academy is to encourage students to develop their own personal strengths and self-confidence through an inspiring dance education.

To learn more about ballet lessons for you or your child, please contact the Woodstock Dance Academy. We promise you an enriching and rewarding experience.

227 E. Calhoun St. Woodstock, IL  60098 815-337-7811 woodstockdanceacademy1@gmail.com