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TEDxUCR-Julie Simon-The Transformative Power of Dance

Julie Simon has been a professional dancer for over 20 years, performing Brazilian, Caribbean Latin, and African dance styles. Julie has performed internationally in 11 different countries. A native of California, she was based in San Francisco for 7 years where she toured and performed all over the Bay Area as well as touring internationally. Then it was off to Paris, France, where she danced for 7 years touring all over Europe as well as the Caribbean and Africa. She also danced at several dinner shows and various cabarets on the world renowned Champs-Elysses as well as countless gala events. On her off time, she taught dance and dance fitness to teens and young adults for two years in Paris and choreographed annual performances. Julie has now been teaching in California for 7 years throughout LA, Orange County and the Inland Empire. In 2006 she started her own dance company, TROPICALEIZA. TROPICALEIZA is an Afro-Samba dance company that explores aspects of Brazilian and contemporary dance as well as other African-based movement through pulsating rhythms displaying power, joy, love and healing through dance.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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