BERNADETTE SIMS - Founding Member


Ms. Sims, local artist and founder of the Northwest Florida Ballet, was trained at Ballet Arts Studio at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She served as Director of the Northwest Florida Ballet for 28 years and presently teaches ballet in the NFB Académie. As an artist, she has won numerous awards for her watercolor artwork and digital photography and has served as chairman of the National Exhibition of the Watercolor Society of Alabama. Her work is on display at HH Arts in Fort Walton Beach. Ms. Sims is a founding member and current President of Okaloosa Public Arts.


Her community service activities include: 

- Past President of Florida State Dance Association

- Past President of the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association

- Board of Directors of the National Association for Regional Ballet

- Board of Directors of the Okaloosa Arts Alliance

- Past President of the Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach

- Past President of the Junior League of Fort Walton Beach

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