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Deborah Hess is an internationally respected ballet teacher and coach. A senior faculty member at Canada’s National Ballet School, she is also the manager of the School’s Student Exchange Program. Deborah is a frequent guest teacher in companies and schools around the world and is a sought after juror for major international ballet competitions. She is delighted to return to Tivoli Ballet School and support its mission.

A native New Yorker, her formative training was with Valentina Pereyaslavec, Kathleen Crofton and Anna-Marie Holmes. Deborah began pursuing her passion for teaching at the San Francisco Ballet School following a successful career as a dancer in which she danced a wide ranging repertoire, from Odette in Swan Lake to neo-classical works by choreographers such Bronislava Nijinska and contemporary works by choreographers such as Lar Lubovitch.

Deborah values most highly the artistic possibilities of dance and strives in her teaching to bring out the individuality of each student, highlighting musicality, generosity of spirit and dynamic range while respecting the purity of form.

Photo: Doug Aucoin

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