Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Simone Louw began dancing with the Flowering Child
Program in 2003 and has danced with Berkshire Pulse from its inception. She moved with her
family to Kathmandu, Nepal at age twelve and spent the subsequent eight years living between
India, Nepal, and France. While in South Asia she studied the Indian classical dance, Kathak.
Simone read the Great Books at St John’s College in Annapolis Maryland and graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. At St John’s, she learned and then taught East Coast Swing
Dance and was co-President of the Waltz Committee, the student-run social dance club.
She has a background in theater as well as dance and performed in plays throughout high school
and college, starring in Around the World in 80 Days, The Winter’s Tale, God of Carnage, and As
You Like It.
After graduating college Simone worked with Solis Performing Arts in Kathmandu, teaching
Swing Dance to the company and choreographing and performing in a piece for their show Hip-
Hop Coppelia; she participated in an actor’s training workshop at Adishakti Laboratory for
Theatre Art Research in Tamil Nadu, India; joined Telling My Story in Wilder, Vermont, to
facilitate a semester-long workshop with Ledyard Charter School in Lebanon, New Hampshire
and the Dartmouth College class Telling Stories for Social Change working to address visible
and invisible social walls through the media of theater and writing; and completed an artist’s
residency with Collectif Les Aimants in Paris, France where she assisted in workshopping a play,
The Harvesters, and collaborated on its English-language translation.
Simone is returning to her performing arts roots after nearly four years working in healthcare as a
medical scribe and EMT and attending the Harvard Extension School’s premedical program.