Deborah Sims ARAD, Adv.T.Dip., LISTD, Dip. RBS TTC Principal and Director

Simply put, no other School of Dance in the South West of England can offer the depth of expertise, the experience or the credentials of the Classical Dance Studios.

Deborah Sims, our Principal, was taught by the incomparable Phyllis Bedells before moving to the Royal Ballet School. During her five years at the renowned London school she danced with the Opera Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

After graduating from the teacher training Craftsman course, Miss Sims taught at both the Junior and Upper Royal Ballet schools, before spending a year at Grandison College, Croydon.

Deborah SimsHer next move was to Canada where, as ballet mistress to the Alberta Ballet Company, she was responsible for a number of classical ballets including Swan Lake (Act II), the Nutcracker and Les Sylphides. Later Miss Sims transferred to the Alberta Ballet School. Many of her senior students there graduated to dance with professional companies in North America and Europe. From Canada, she returned to her home to found the Classical Dance Studios in Bristol and Bath.


Miss Sims holds full registration from both the Royal Academy of Dance and is a Life Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers and Dancing.

In addition she holds the following qualifications:

Miss Sims is also qualified to teach Benesh Dance Notation. In practice these extraordinary qualifications mean that a student at the Classical Dance Studios is benefiting from the accumulated wisdom and knowledge of a team who have ballet in their blood and know exactly how to inspire and motivate pupils of every age to achieve their aims and dreams, be they examinations, the stage, or simply the joy of dancing for the sake if it!

Thank you for the splendid teaching, support and friendship….”