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Black British Ballet

Simon Archer (Smith)

Ethnic heritage: Black British

Year of birth: 1971

Training: Central School of Ballet

Ballet career: Simon Archer attended the Central School of Ballet from 1987-1990. In 1990, he joined the London City Ballet where he was eventually joined by Darren Panton. He toured with the company for six years before it closed in 1996. Simon also performed in the Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet as an actor in 2021.

Dance career: Simon Archer has enjoyed a career in musical theatre, performing in the West End in Flossie, Singing in the Rain, The King and I, Fame and La Cage aux Folles. He has danced on cruise ships and performed in drag shows at Madame Jojo’s.

When you can make people feel emotions through movement, it makes everything worthwhile.
- Simon Archer