Meet Deborah Sims, teacher of our Ballet for Adult Beginners program.
Born on 30th December 1945, Deborah Sims was educated at Bath High School.
She trained in Classical Ballet at the Phyllis Bedells School, London, from 1962 until 1966 when she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School. During her time there, she graduated from the Royal Ballet School’s Teacher Training Course, danced with the Opera Ballet at the Royal opera House, Covent Garden and, from 1969 to 1971, was a member of the teaching staff with responsibilities at both the Junior School (White Lodge) and at the Upper School.
After a year teaching at Grandison College, Croydon (where one of her pupils was Sarah Brightman), Miss Sims moved to the Alberta Ballet in Canada as Ballet Mistress. In that capacity, she was responsible for several of the classical ballets as well as many modern ones. Swan Lake Act II (mounted by Lois Smith), the Nutcracker and Les Sylphides (mounted by Lynn Wallis) were three of the ballets in the repertoire at this time. After three years, Deborah Sims transferred to the Alberta Ballet School to take on special responsibility for the senior students, many of whom moved on to perform in professional companies in North America and Europe.
In 1979 Miss Sims returned to England and settled in her home city, Bath, where in September 1980 she opened the Classical Dance Studios. From a nucleus of two children, the school has grown to 250 children and adults who can attend classes in one of the five locations used by the Classical Ballet Studios across Bristol and Bath.
Deborah has travelled extensively, with her Ballet work taking her to the Paris Opera, The Centre de Danse International in Cannes, the American Ballet Theatre School in New York and the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet Schools in Russia.
Deborah Sims is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing, holder of the Advanced Teacher’s Certificate, Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and an Associate of the Imperial Society in the National Dance Branch, Scottish Dance Branch, Cecchetti Society and Modern Dance Branch.