HOW DID IT ALL START?
Simone's grandfather suffered from Parkinson's, so he always had a strong personal connection with the condition.
Simone's aim was to do something positive for the community and inspire them as much as Hip Hop inspired him in the first place.
He was not satisfied with the Hip Hop scene, mainly focused on battles and contests. He wanted to send a clear signal to the scene itself: there are many more ways in which Hip Hop could be used to help and inspire the communities.
A key moment for him was seeing Candoco Dance Company perform live in London back in 2011. This performance opened his vision to what dance could be.
After an extensive research on Parkinson's, dance therapy, music therapy and teaching techniques, Simone developed a Popping class made specifically for people with Parkinson's.
Since there is still no cure for Parkinson's, a key point of this project is making students feel more comfortable with themselves, ultimately aiming at a better quality of life.
The first official Popping for Parkinson's class was back in July 2015 in Wimbledon with the South London Younger Parkinson's Network. Thanks to SLYPN, Simone's dream became reality.
Since then, he taught classes all over the UK.