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Alice Simpson is the daughter of a vaudeville eccentric dancer;
rhythm is in her blood. Discovering the world of ballroom, she danced in
studios, ballrooms, nightclubs, and on barges floating on the Hudson
River. Fascinated by the way dancers behave in the ballroom, Simpson
wrote Ballroom, its characters loosely based on people observed
dancing, in order to make sense of this contained universe, and people,
like her, searching for their dreams.
Alice Simpson Design developed corporate identity, packaging, display,
annual reports and materials for the cosmetic and fragrance industries.
Simpson taught drawing and design at F.I.T, NY, The School of Visual
Arts, The New School and Otis-Parsons. Her artist books and sculptures
about dance are internationally exhibited, and part of Special
Collections at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, NY, Yale,
Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, and The Victoria & Albert Museum and many
others. She is frequently invited to speak -- about the influence of
dance in her work.
The first four chapters of Ballroom received second place award
for fiction in February 2013 at the San Francisco Writers Conference.
Simpson was nominated by The Writer’s Voice (NY) for Best New American
Voices, chapters from Ballroom have appeared in WV (Writer's
Voice Magazine, NY), Words & Images Journal (U. of Maine), in TangoDanza
Magazine (Berlin), and a limited edition, “Tango Bar.”
Alice Simpson is the proud mother of three-time Grammy winner, music
producer Michael Simpson (The Fight Club). Recently, she moved from New
York’s Upper West Side to South Pasadena, CA, where she continues to
make hand painted books, sculpt and develop a mystery novel.
Photography courtesy of the author