Anne Benna Sims Joins American Ballet Theatre
In 1978, Anne Benna Sims joined the American Ballet Theatre as the first African-American female to hold a contract with them.
Though Sims was in the corps de ballet, her first principal role was in Anthony Tudor’s Undertow with Peter Fonseea, a “demanding dramatic ballet.”
Sims was also in the first cast of the company premiere of Paul Taylor’s “Airs”.Sims began her dance training at the age of ten. She studied until seventeen when she graduated high school. After high school, she studied at the Harkness School of Ballet. Sims’ professional career began with Les Grands Ballet Canadiennes where she danced in the corps de ballet.
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