From New Canaan, Conn.
With Nashville Ballet 2013, and since 2015
Training and Education
New England Academy of Dance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School, Boston Ballet School, School of Nashville Ballet, Trainee at Washington Ballet
Linnea Swarting trained at New England Academy of Dance, privately under the instruction of Christina Fagundes, University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School, and Boston Ballet School before joining School of Nashville Ballet’s Professional Training Division (PTD) in 2013. One of her first, and favorite, pieces learned at Nashville Ballet was the fall solo in Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s Four Seasons. While a PTD member, Swarting also enjoyed dancing in Paquita and learning from the school’s highly talented staff.
From the Professional Training Division, Swarting joined The Washington Ballet in 2014. There she danced in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Swan Lake and other productions by Septime Webre before returning to Nashville Ballet in 2015 as a NB2 member.
During her time in NB2, Swarting performed alongside the main company in Nashville’s Nutcracker and took part in many community engagement performances. She was promoted to company apprentice in 2017. As an apprentice, Swarting has danced in The Sleeping Beauty, Paul Vasterling’s Carmina Burana and George Balanchine’s Western Symphony and rehearsed many additional works. She also competed in Varna International Ballet Competition in 2018.
Swarting has a passion for making dance accessible and inclusive for students with special needs. She is certified to teach adaptive dance through Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance teacher training program, and alongside Occupational Therapist Hannah Mariani, Swarting was instrumental in launching Nashville Ballet’s new Adaptive Dance: New Perspectives program in which she teaches.