"It is the tragic story of my grandparents, Elsa & Eugene, and how their passion for one another challenged the status quo and shaped the life of my mother, and me after her...An Edelweiss has a short but bold life, it is rare and grows in the harshest environment. At 9,000 ft. it symbolizes sacrifice and opposition, passion to bloom and strength to survive."

Lauren Cox will use spoken word and dance at TEDxAsburyPark's Passion this May to present the story of her grandparents, Elsa & Eugene, with the help of a deeply talented and experienced company of dancers and live music. The creative process driven by passion will be on display in this unique and moving offering on our stage.

Lauren Cox is a performer, teacher, choreographer, and poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a degree in Sociology and speaks three languages. She was nationally ranked as a rhythmic gymnast and has studied dance extensively including Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Haitian Cultural Dances, Afro-Brazilian, Salsa, Street Styles, Improvisation and more. She has performed with Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams on Saturday Night Live, The View in National Commercials and Off-Broadway to name just a few. She teaches at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and has also taught and performed in India, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Canada and around the US. Lauren is also a resident host for WISE FRUIT NYC, a platform for performance art and activism that benefits Planned Parenthood and is curated by Brinda Guha.

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