LINDA VARGAS is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, international dance examiner. Her vision for STAMP dance is to use dance to encourage people from a diversity of backgrounds and cultures to engage with one another in a way that encourages social cohesion and transformation.
Linda’s experience is extensive. She holds a Masters Degree in Education (full dissertation, cum laude) as well as B.A. Honours in Drama. As part of her MEd research, Linda devised a course of dance for primary school learners which addressed issues of diversity in the multicultural classroom. She subsequently conducted numerous professional development workshops for NAPTOSA to assist school teachers to teach dance in a way that encourages social cohesion and holistic learning in the multicultural classroom. Please see the link for Linda’s publication “Flamenco Dance in Primary education” http://ersc.nmmu.ac.za.
Linda facilitates corporate and educational workshops, performs, teaches and examines dance both nationally and internationally. She has lectured at UKZN for 8 years. Her dance qualifications include the L.I.S.T.D. (Imperial Society of teachers of Dance-London) and Enrico Cecchetti Final Diploma (I.S.T.D.-London), P.D.B (Spanish Dance Soc). Linda is one of the co-founders of the international flamenco dance organization Alianza Flamenca and is a member of its Board of Directors, as well as its panel of International Examiners and Syllabus Committee.
Linda is the founder of STAMP dance which aims to bring people from diverse cultural backgrounds to dance together in a way which encourages unity of spirit, purpose and enjoyment. During her many years of research in schools in South Africa, Linda encountered some of the educational, social, and health challenges that many teachers are facing in the multicultural classroom. As an outcome of her extensive research, Linda devised STAMP dance to help address some of the educational and social challenges in multicultural education. Linda has been devising, teaching and modifying STAMP dance in schools since 2008.
In addition to its education initiative STAMP dance also conducts social cohesion workshops for employees in the multicultural workplace.
Linda has had an extensive career as a professional dancer. She founded the Linda Vargas Flamenco Dance Company in 1985 and is the director. Linda and Company have presented numerous dance productions in collaboration with the Playhouse Company as well as at independent organisations and theatres. Linda has performed for SABCTV, the Spanish Embassy in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and has been invited to perform as guest artist both nationally and internationally. She has choreographed and performed in a variety of dance productions for NAPAC, PACT and CAPAB, including opera productions, La Traviata, Amal, Faust, Salome and Carmen.
Linda continues to present professional performances annually. The Linda Vargas Company is celebrating its rich contribution to dance in South Africa with its up coming 35th Anniversary Gala production to be held in July 2018.