A native New Yorker, Deborah Hess studied primarily with Valentina Pereyaslavec and Kathleen Crofton. She toured extensively with artists such as Rudolf Nureyev, Anna-Marie Holmes and Eva Evdokimova, dancing a wide spectrum of roles such as Odette in Swan Lake, the Grey Girls in Nijinska’s Les Biches to contemporary choreographers such as Lar Lubovitch. Upon retirement, Ms. Hess pursued her passion for teaching. An internationally respected ballet teacher and coach, Ms. Hess is a senior faculty member of Canada's National Ballet School, and the coordinator of the School's Student Exchange Program. Prior to moving to Canada, she was a teacher and the Assistant to the Director of the San Francisco Ballet School. She has been a guest teacher at Boston Ballet; Cincinnati Ballet; the USA IBC in Jackson, Mississippi; the National Ballet of Canada; the Royal Danish Ballet School and the School at Jacob's Pillow Dance. As well, she is a frequent guest teacher in Japan. Ms. Hess has been on the juries of the International Ballet Student Competition in Havana, Cuba; Beijing Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix, Taiwan Grand Prix and Japan Grand Prix.
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