Alice Simpson


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.

Alice Simpson
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