Meet The Owners

Julie Simon

Julie Simon has been a professional dancer for over 20 years performing styles ranging from Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin dances to African dance styles. She 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 in several dinner shows and various cabarets on the world renowned Champs-Elysees. In Paris she was a regular dancer for variety shows, music videos and was featured on the cover of Nova Magazine, an entertainment and arts magazine in France, and did countless gala events. On her off time she taught dance and dance fitness to teens and young adults in Paris and choreographed and directed their annual performances.

Back in California, Julie has been teaching and performing since 2003 and founded Tropicaleiza an Afro-Samba Dance Company in 2006. In 2011 she was and invited speaker for a TEDx event speaking on the Transforming Power of Dance. 

April MacLean

April MacLean attended University of California, Riverside's Bachelor of Fine Arts program. She has been teaching, choreographing, and dancing extensively in the Inland Empire for the last ten years.

April was awarded three chancellors awards for excellence in performance while attending UCR, as well as the prestigious Gluck Fellowship for Promising New Choreographer.

After spending two years as a dancer and General Manager with  Intersect Dance Theatre, Riverside's first Contemporary-based company, she opened Room to Dance to give adults a haven to call their own. She currently does freelance choreography for such shows as Long Night of Arts & Innovation and Trolley Dances, Riverside's Dancing with the Stars, and recently gave a TedX Talk on the truth behind honoring arts financially.


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