About Linda Simms
Ms. Linda Simms, the now celebrated “Who Dat Teacher” of New Orleans, Louisiana renowned aerobics instructor, and private personal trainer found her groove in the form of cardio line dancing. She currently teaches Monday through Thursday at the Iris Hall in New Orleans East. In late 2009, she added choreographer to her many titles. She has created and collaborated to create several line dances including the “We Are One” which was nationally recognized by the line dance community.
And for those of you who can’t get to New Orleans to experience the “Who Dat”, teacher in person – no worries you can learn the dances on the Linda Simms YouTube teaching channel which has 22,000 subscribers and Facebook (Let's Mess It Up Soul Line Dance) which has 20,000 followers. Her subscribers are national as well as international as far as Japan, Brazil, Korea and Germany. Her instructional videos have reached over 5.8 million views. In addition, she maintains a busy travel schedule responding to requests from across the country to come and teach.
In the summer of 2017 in the heart of Historic New Orleans, Linda Simms and her group, LMIU, hosted its 1st Line Dance Convention, The NOLA Southern Experience, complete with varied workshops, featuring line dance instructors from around the country. The inaugural event was three days long and hosted over 500 individuals in over 22 states.
The next event in 2019 is slated to expand to over 750 participants. A fourth night with a new event that is an old LMIU fundraising favorite is the addition of the Party with a Pink Purpose. Ms. Simms has led the charge to giving back to the community with several volunteer and community activities at Thanksgiving and Christmas but the yearly
fundraising activity closest to her heart is Party with a Pink Purpose in support of breast cancer awareness, prevention and support of breast cancer survivors. To raise money to support these activities a line dance party or social is held. A portion of the funds are donated to various charities.