LDI Trainee Program
The LDI Trainee Program, its name recognized training and proven track record provides the power building, fine tuning, and performing experience that your student needs to prepare them for life in the field. The program provides more than 20 hours a week of training in Ballet technique, pointe work, variations, contemporary ballet choreography, cross training, contemporary and modern dance technique, partnering, and composition.
The program allows more time for the dancer to explore and broaden their potential as an artist. Time spent in the studio as a trainee is a powerful experience that affords the student everything needed to move forward toward a career in dance or gain acceptances to the nations most competitive dance programs and Colleges.
Trainees receive knowledge and advice on both mental wellbeing and physical health from industry professionals.
Advice and assistance with audition/college preparation, including resume building, cover letter, and video submission
Access to world-renowned dance photographer, Angela Sterling for all of their photography needs
Performing opportunities in December and April as well as other community engagements throughout the year
Tim Lynch and Alexandra Dickson pride themselves in their commitment to excellence. Their dedication to multiple forms of continuing education keeps them ahead of the curve. This bonus translation of knowledge is key to the incredible success of the trainees that work with them.
Each year for the past 4 years, multiple students have been invited to year round training programs at top national organizations including Houston Ballet, School of American Ballet, Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Miami City Ballet.
Training at LDI is unmatched.
Training with LDI
- Led by inspired, intelligent, highly educated, and passionate professionals in their fields
- Care and attention to the health and well-being of each student is our top priority
- We are committed to train mentally healthy, expertly trained dancers without the need for a competition dance environment for students to realize their worth
- Clear focus on longevity, real life goals, and preparing students with the tools and support to actually achieve them
- Instructors who have worked with the world's great choreographers
- Students receive expert one-on-one training with an exceptional focus on detail
- We train dancers to have a solid foundation in classical technique while fostering an intelligence that is highly respected and employable
Great staff. Excellent atmosphere for learning.
Love this dance studio! My girls have been thriving here.
One of the best ballet studios in San Diego. My daughter has grown tremendously in her time at LDI, which has opened up many doors for her dance future.
R. A. North
Provides a professional, warm and wholesome learning environment for their students. I really appreciate how LDI focuses on teaching their students the art of dance without all the flash. Highly recommend!
We recently moved out of state and can honestly say that LDI is at the top of our “things we miss most” list. My daughter got her start in ballet here several years ago; Tim and Alex nurtured a genuine love of dance for her and even helped me choose a new studio when we moved! The entire staff is top notch and develops these kids appropriately and with great skill. If you haven’t done so- check out the Mixed Nuts production in December- you won’t regret it!
Any school assignment, race, hobby, passion, challenge, or even decision that I’ve had to make in the last five years, I can safely say I completed with the knowledge that LDI has given me. I run Division III track while studying psychology at Chapman University and even though I have not danced at LDI in two years I think about them often. Partly because I miss their love greatly but also because I am constantly using what they taught me. At LDI I received incredible Ballet training that transformed my ballet technique, however the life lessons and discipline that I also learned are things I will carry with me for the rest of my life. The self discipline that I learned, I implement in every single one of my races, in every class, before every final, and during every difficult work out. I have learned that you cannot carelessly complete anything and that no one will force you to be better other than yourself, but when you come to work you put in 110% of yourself and you continue to do so every day to get stronger. That takes a lot of self-discipline and love for your craft, something that is very hard to discover yourself, and when you have fantastic teachers like Ms.Dickson and Mr. Lynch it becomes much easier to bring to the surface. As an athlete I realized self discipline is the most essential quality you can have and it’s the fastest way to reach success and I am so grateful that LDI was able to bring it out in me because it has helped me everyday to continue studying and pushing myself to be better to ensure a better future. I went to LDI five days a week in high school and it’s no wonder that anytime I am home from school I immediately come for open classes, it’s a place of absolute joy and just seeing the teachers faces makes me smile, and even though I’m no longer training ballet there is always something to take away from LDI. And even if you think you have acquired all of the knowledge you can from Ms. Dickson and Mr. Lynch at least you know you can go there to get a good laugh and smile and to really feel the love and care they give to all their dancers.
LDI continually pushed me to become the dancer I am. Their spirit of excellence and joy stayed with me into my college years and beyond.
I had the privilege of witnessing and being a part of LDI’s genesis which set a strong foundation for the career that I am experiencing today. LDI and its dedicated staff instilled in me the outright importance of hard work and to embrace it fully. I am grateful to have been able to learn from such passionate individuals who have given me the tools to push myself and flourish in my professional ballet career. Since my time at LDI, I have been given multiple soloist opportunities at the early stages of my career, and when rehearsing I am constantly reminded of LDI’s teachings that hard work (and a fiery passion for what you do) ALWAYS pays off.
It’s hard to put into few words how much LDI has shaped me into who I am today. When I first came here, I was coming from a bad environment that completely shot my confidence. I felt out of place and undeserving of corrections or praise at my technique. But what I quickly realized was that LDI values hard work and intelligence, and any lack of talent I had was never held against me. It was the first time my instructors believed in me, let alone more than I believed in myself. Over time I was empowered to take pride in my accomplishments, and be unashamed of the growth that followed hard work.
A ballet studio’s environment is heavily shaped by the rhetoric that comes from its instructors. So it’s no surprise to me that LDI has a culture of encouragement and excellence. Students are set up to feel comfortable to be their true selves, and having older dancers who feel confident in their abilities creates a space where younger dancers feel safe to do the same.
Since moving to Lynch Dance Institute I have had a very enriching experience which I feel has been a step in the direction towards a professional career. Everyone at the studio has been so welcoming and supportive of me as both a person and a dancer. It has been a truly refreshing experience to be training in a space filled with so much positivity and I am so grateful for the time I get to spend here.
Lynch dance Institute finds the balance between being overly strict and too lenient, providing a tough but nurturing environment. LdI has helped me tremendously and feels more like a second home than a ballet studio. The Lynch’s themselves are amazing teachers. They make the studio about, and for the students themselves. The Lynch’s overall attitude toward dance and their students is so positive and encouraging. It pushes you to be a better dancer and better person. The program is challenging and the teachers are amazing. This studio enlightens and develops the body and soul.
"I met the Lynch’s less than a year ago while I was looking for a studio to train at after coming back from a long injury. Thankfully, a family friend had recommended a new studio called LDI. I signed up for their summer intensive program so I would be able to see if it would be a good fit for me. Just in one week I could not believe how much I had learned and how much knowledge the Lynch’s had to give. I knew then, LDI was the right fit for me to get back from my injury. My experience has exceeded my expectations. The Lynch's have a wealth of knowledge from many years of professional experience in one of the country’s top companies.
They not only were dancers in the top company but they have a pedagogy at the highest level to pass on. It is so evident that they are passionate about what they do, and care about their students. LDI is such an encouraging place to grow ; the mentorship and advice from the Lynch’s, and the camaraderie they foster amongst the dancers, develops an athlete, but also gives the athlete a sense of community and support.
The program is comprehensive as far as hours, variety of classes, exceptional teachers, and filled with challenge. I have trained at 2 top schools in the country with some amazing teachers, but I can easily say the Lynch's program is an amazing program, and it is the highest quality training."
"Lynch dance Institute is a very special Studio, unlike any Studio I have been to before. Every single person there has the same passion, respect and commitment towards dance. No matter where you come from or what background you had the teachers and students are all here for you."