Position: Senior Faculty
Affiliation with organization: 2002 – Present
Years active at YAGP: 1981 – Present
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.
Ms. Hess is a frequent guest teacher in companies and schools around the world and is a sought after juror for major international ballet competitions. She has been a jury member of YAGP and supported its mission since its inception.
A native New Yorker, Deborah Hess 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.
Ms. Hess 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.