Linda Cleveland Simmons


Linda Cleveland Simmons is a Senior Lecturer in the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance at Wayne State University (WSU), and Director of the WSU Dance Company. She earned a B.S. degree in Dance Education at WSU, then studied at Clark Center in New York City with James Truitte, Thelma Hill, Pepsi Bethel and Collette Barry (of Finis Jhung) before returning to WSU to earn a M.Ed. degree. As a member of the Pepsi Bethel Authentic Jazz Dance Ensemble, the Detroit Dance Collective, the O’Day Ballet Theater and as a free-lance artist, she has performed in works by Talley Beatty, Ruth Currier, Sophie Maslow, Maggie Patton, Karen Goodman, Claire Porter, Pepsi Bethel, Alvin Mayes, Alan Danielson, Barbara Selinger and Paula Kramer, among others. Currently she choreographs and performs for the WSU Dance Company, local theaters and in collaborative projects with dance colleagues. At the University she teaches Dance Production, Dance in Community, Contemporary Dance Technique and Introduction to World Dance, in both on-line and face to face formats. She is a partner in the Detroit Paramaribo Dance Alliance which organizes performance and study exchange experiences between Wayne State University dancers and dancers of Marlene Ballet in Paramaribo, Suriname. Linda has served on the Boards of Michigan Dance Council and the American College Dance Festival Association and currently serves on the Board of the International Association for Blacks in Dance.