Friday, January 22
A native of Indianapolis, Simone is an alum of Alma College where she earned her B.A. in English and Dance. She currently lives in Orlando, where she dances professionally with Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre and also teaches and choreographs throughout central Florida. As a member of the Alma College Dance Company, she was featured in such pieces as Vespri Siciliana, Waiting for the Sun, Les Sylphides, and Paquita. Prior to attending Alma College, Simone trained with Evansville Dance Theater, Ballet Internationale, Nutmeg Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Virginia School of the Arts, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Jordan College Academy of Dance, and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. She was a participant in the Youth America Grand Prix Nationals and Gala performance in 2005, and has toured nationally and internationally including to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, as part of the cultural exchange performance Rendezvous with Tainan University of Technology in Taiwan, and to London for performances at Sadler’s Wells with SCDT. Simone has appeared in such professional productions as The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Superhero, The Scarlet Letter, Romeo and Juliet at the Disco, American Classics, A Midautumn Night’s Dream, London Calling, and Decade and has had the opportunity to work with a number of professional companies including Ballet Internationale and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. In addition to teaching dance, Simone runs an independent portrait/wedding photography business and is a certified Barre 3 instructor.