Zahna Simon

Zahna wearing jeans and a crop long sleeve pink shirt with her hair down is in a dance pose where up on pointe shoes, bent knees like sitting with toro straight up arms behind on the stairway pole looking at the camera. The background is outside stairs with some plants and trees on the left side of the picture behind the stairway metal banisters.

“A San Francisco native and Deaf from birth, she is an honored Changemaker of the year 2018 for San Francisco Live Oak School where she is a former alumni.  She is a professional dancer, chemist, avid health nutritionist, researcher, Deaf advocate and Deaf interpreter.”

— Zahna Simon

Description of Zahna Simon’s Headshot Above:

Zahna wearing jeans and a crop long sleeve pink shirt with her hair down is in a dance pose where up on pointe shoes, bent knees like sitting with toro straight up arms behind on the stairway pole looking at the camera. The background is outside stairs with some plants and trees on the left side of the picture behind the stairway metal banisters.

About Zahna Simon:

A San Francisco native and Deaf from birth, Ms Zahna is honored Changemaker of the year 2018 for San Francisco Live Oak School where she is a former alumni.  She is a professional dancer, chemist, avid health nutritionist, researcher, Deaf advocate and Deaf interpreter.  Former student at San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) where she trained with Elvia Marta in Modern, Jazz, African, Ballet, Hip Hop and Choreography as well as participating in Alonzo King’s LINES Pre-Professional Summer Programs.

Upon graduating from SOTA in 2003, Ms Simon attended UCI double majoring in Chemistry and Dance.  At UCI she trained and performed various dance styles, working with fellow peers, graduate students and distinguished faculty such as Lisa Naugle, David Allan and Donald McKayle.  She is also a former chemist by day at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and dancer by night at various Dance companies in San Diego including being featured in KPBS TV and Radio special “Deaf Dancer Performs in Trolley Dances.”

Ms Zahna has relocated back to the Bay Area and worked her way diligently and passionately up to being the Assistant Director for both Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival under Antoine Hunter, Founder and Director and a full time office manager at a Professional Fiduciary Office. She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and Ikouii Creative’s Book, IN THE STUDIO and was Deaf Editor for Sins Invalid Disability Justice Primer. She has also performed with Kim Epifano, San Francisco Trolley Dances, Alameda Island City Waterways and Man Dance Company in the Bay Area.  

Previous Projects, Featured Articles and Other Work: 

Dancing While Deaf: What It’s Like to Move to Music You Can’t Hear – Dance Magazine 1/1/2020

Dance Teacher Magazine, Antoine Hunter: How I Teach Jazz 2/13/2019

Bay Sunday 2017, 5th Anniversary of Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival 8/12/2017

KPBS 2013,Deaf Dancer Performs In Trolley Dances 9/27/13

Be sure to follow Ms. Zahna Simon on LinkedIn , InstagramTwitter, Facebook for her latest updates. 

Urban Jazz Company Website,  Urban Jazz Company Facebook   

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