Linda Celeste Sims grew up in Bronx, New York, began training at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, and graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. Ms. Sims has received the 2016 Inspiración Award from Ballet Hispánico, won Outstanding Performance at the 2014 New York Dance and Performance Award (“The Bessies”), and most recently, she received the 2017 Dance Magazine Award. Ms. Sims has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine, and on TV on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Mo’Nique Show, LIVE! With Kelly and Michael and The Today Show. Ms. Sims has appeared at the White House Dance Series, Youth America Grand Prix, Vail International Dance Festival and galas in Budapest and Vienna, and originated featured roles by Judith Jamison, Donald Byrd, Alonso King, Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Mauro Bigonzetti, Jennifer Muller, Karole Armitage, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Rennie Harris, Christopher L. Huggins, and Azure Barton. She teaches master classes worldwide and is a certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor. Ms. Sims joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1996 and is currently the assistant to the rehearsal director.