LINDA ISABELLE FRANCOIS
Linda Isabelle François is a Haitian dancer who made her dance debut at the age of three. For her, Dance is a life passion. In 1980, she began dancing with Kettly Durand for two years, then at Lavinia Williams school for three years and later, in 1991, she integrated Artcho, and in 1993, she started her professional career.
She learned from great dance professionals: Jeanguy Saintus, Jean René Delsoin, Gerard Florestal, Lena Blou, Bob Powers and Kathryn Sullivan to name a few. She has worked during her many years of professional experience on classical dance techniques, Latin dance, jazz, traditional Haitian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-contemporary, modern, ethnic dance, improvisation and choreographic composition.
She has proven herself as co-artistic director, soloist, choreographer, coach of Ayikodans, teacher at Artcho for over twenty years and has also participated in several commercials. Various audiences from foreign countries, appreciated the choreographies performed by Linda: Europe (Paris, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Upper Normandy), Japan (Tokyo, Nagano, Fukuyama), USA (New York, Ohio, Miami, Boston, Minnesota) , The Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados), Africa (Benin).
Today, as CEO of XPression and co-owner of productions West-I Music Group, Linda works more deeply on the performing arts in general with other artists of great fame such as Yole Derose (“Haiti Coeur de Femme”), Paula C. Pean (Ces mots/maux du corps, Kaselezo, A la croisées des iles...), in 2017, she started to lay foundations for a cultural center project, which aims to be a space for the exchange of professionals from different artistic fields: dance, singing, theater, visual arts, etc.