Having joined the world of "Dance" a bit later in life than most...as an adult with two beautiful young daughters already dancing with us, Lynn Walker truly embraced all that it offered her! She even started dancing on Pointe, as a mother and a teacher!
Lynn understands the many facets that movement and music provide to our souls. She was lucky enough to dance side by side with her daughters on stage, mentor and teach younger dancers, and now as a professional nurse, still finds time to choreograph for our Nutcracker and bi-annual recital performances as well as create masterpieces for our competition team.
Lynn's spiritual approach to musical interpretation and her natural sense of positivity continue to inspire our dancers and continue the legacy.
Shelly Lowe-Whan and Kelly Fellers - Directors
Lynn Walker has danced with SVAD for 16 years and has taught for the past 14 years. She loves to take a beautiful piece of music and add movement and motion to express thoughts and feelings. She has done choreography for recitals, Nutcracker performances, and both regional and national competitions with the Dansations Performing Arts Foundation.
It’s Never Too Late
“When I grow up, I want to be a ballerina.”
How many little girls have uttered those words? I don’t believe that I ever actually spoke them, but I believe I always had the inner ballerina within, aching to get out. I never took dance classes as a child, but participated in gymnastics, softball, and cheerleading. I vicariously lived through my ballet dancer friend, and other dancers by, on many occasions, dressing as a ballerina for Halloween parties. In high school, I took a six week ballet class, which I discovered was a lot tougher than I thought. I had the flexibility and some agility from my gymnastics days, but I was met with the reality of poor turnout -- I was pigeon-toed and knocked-kneed as a kid … ha! Plus, I was short and stocky; not the long and lithe body that was usually paired with ballet. It wasn’t until college that I had the guts to try again.
My roommate and I took a ballet class at WWU. This time, it went better and that led to another class the following year. Time went by; I got married and had kids. When Lauren was four years-old, she started classes at Skagit Valley Academy of Dance. I discovered the teen and adult class and enrolled the following year. Kelli Perry was my tap teacher and Donna was my ballet teacher.
After one year, I was encouraged to go through placement auditions and was placed in the Intro Pointe class. (What?!) At age 31, I got my first (and what I thought would be my only) pair of pointe shoes. Well, I can’t tell you how many pairs of pointe shoes I went through, but I continued on pointe for eleven years!
After a couple years, I was asked to start teaching classes. I enjoyed the beginning 6-7 and 8-9 year-old classes, gradually moving up to more advanced classes and doing choreography for Nutcracker and Dansations. As time progressed, my “other life” pursued an RN degree, and I now work in the Birth Center at the hospital. While giving up teaching regular classes, and taking class myself, I still continue to do choreography. I can’t completely give it up! After almost 20 years, I continue to love the art of taking music and providing the visual, of telling a story, and of expressing in a way that words cannot articulate.
Skagit Valley Academy of Dance has allowed me the opportunity that I never imagined – to be a dancer. A real life dancer, not just one dressed in someone else’s costume for Halloween (I finally got my own costumes – and they were well utilized by my girls on Halloween). This school provides the opportunity for anyone to be a dancer. You may or may not aspire to be a professional dancer, or have the “ballet body,” or even be that skilled, but you can dance for the pure joy of it. What a gift! I’m thankful for the numerous opportunities I have had as a teacher and as a dancer at this school. I am especially thankful for being able to share dancing with both my daughters, and to have been able to share the stage with them in numerous recitals and Nutcrackers. (I’m thankful to them for allowing me to share the stage with them.) What a privilege it was to dance with both of them in the pointe number during the 2003 recital United We Dance. The privilege extends to working with some amazing co-workers who are like my family, and to all the dancers over the years that I have had the opportunity to watch grow up, and to share with them the magic of dance.