You Are How You Move: Healing through Dance presented by Jessika Baral

Jessika is a dance activist who started the nonprofit organization Our Chance to Dance in 2015. She talks about how dance can transform people and draws from her experiences teaching dance to the blind, the deaf, orphans, senior citizens, female domestic abuse survivors, cancer patients, and the general public. She started the ‘Move to Heal’ movement worldwide which connects, heals, and empowers others through dance.

Jessika Baral grew up in California. She has been dancing for the past 18 years and teaching dance for the past 7. She founded Our Chance to Dance, a nonprofit based in St. Louis focused on using movement to empower, heal, and connect. She also is a captain for the WashU Indian Classical Dance Team and competes on WashU’s Bhangra Dance Team. She is a junior at WashU studying Biology on the Computational Biology and Genomics Track. She started the ‘Move to Heal’ movement in the US and abroad through her dance workshops. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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