Linda Watkins’ School of Dance has provided excellence in dance instruction to the community. Whether you’re pursuing dance at the recreational or competitive level, our studio offers an educational and enriching dance experience for everyone.

We offer beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of instruction in ballet, jazz, tap and pointe, beginning ages 3 through adult. Our experienced staff will assess your child making sure they are placed in the appropriate level class.

Meet the Instructors

Elisabeth Burton

Elisabeth Burton has been the owner of Linda Watkins School of Dance since 2009 after teaching at Linda Watkins for five years. She danced professionally with the Roanoke Dazzle Star City Squad, a national basketball association development league dance team. During her years teaching with Mrs. Watkins, she became certified in ballet, jazz, and tap through Dance Masters of America. Elisabeth holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce. She continues her dance education by attending dance conventions with her competition team.

In 2013, she received the Marjorie Perry Spirit teacher award, an award bestowed upon a teacher who demonstrates the same love and devotion to teaching dance that Marjorie Perry displayed, from Dance Makers Inc. Along with this honor, she has produced award winning choreography for multiple competitions.

“My hope is to teach others the passion of dance that Mrs. Watkins has shared with me.”

Andrea Rodgers Boone

Andrea Rodgers began dancing early in life and decided to pursue her passion as a career. She is well versed in ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap, and musical theatre. Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science in Dance Education with a minor in Business Administration from Radford University where she also received the College of Visual and Performing Arts Outstanding Graduating Senior Award from the Department of Dance. Credits at Radford include “Sounds of Stories Dancing” and “The Nutcracker,” as well as seasonal fall and spring performances. Andrea’s teaching experience includes two years as a ballet, lyrical, and pointe instructor for Giles County School of Dance, pre-ballet and tap instructor for the Radford University Ballet Youth, choreographer for Kevin Jones Summer Performing Arts Camps, and co-choreographer of “Broadway Jukebox Musicals” for the Kevin Jones Performing Arts Studio. Andrea is thrilled to be on the faculty for LWSD and is grateful to be back at her home studio.

Christine shell

Christine Shell sparked her passion for dance at the age of five and danced at Linda Watkins’ School of Dance for thirteen years.  She was on the competitive team for four years, where she won various overall awards and platinum placements.  In high school, Christine performed with the Hidden Valley marching band on the dance team and became co-captain her senior year.  She graduated from Hidden Valley High School this past June with honors and a president’s seal and is attending Jefferson College of Health Sciences to study respiratory therapy.  Christine is a well rounded dancer and excels in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, contemporary and Zumba.  She attended a Zumba training in Greensboro, North Carolina this past summer, where she became a licensed instructor.  Christine looks forward to the opportunities ahead and is excited to continue growing and strenghtening herself and others through dance.