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About Yamuna Jolicoeur
Yamuna (pronounced Jah-moo-nah) Jolicoeur, is a Roller Skate Artist named after a major tributary river of the Ganges in northern India. Born on October 26, 1975 in Smiths Fall, Ontario, Canada, Yamuna was raised in the remote jungles and beaches of Hawaii. Her family moved frequently and she was first introduced to outdoor roller skating while living in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.
Inspired by her mother Beatrice Neijohnson Jolicoeor (a.k.a. Gugu), an Argentinian artist, singer and model who was an integral part of the artist movement in Argentina back in the 1960s and her father Henry Jolicoeur, a French Canadian street skateboarder, she was motivated to revolutionize the art of street roller skating through various art and performance mediums. A pro-street roller skater, Yamuna developed a unique urban and soulful cruise style of backward roller skating called YamunaSkate© and has been skating the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada since 1993. Also known as Vancouver’s “Roller Girl”, it has always been Yamuna’s dream to push the boundaries of her creativity by modernizing the old school roller skating method to a new, dynamic and cutting edge approach.
Yamuna has worked with a variety of artists and has performed in numerous independent films, skateboarding videos, commercials, and performing arts, fashion and promotional events. Her most significant project was working on the My Scene Roller Girl Barbies commercial where she had the opportunity to be a Roller Girl Barbie and teach a new generation of young girls her very own unique style YamunaSkate©. Yamuna is very passionate about sharing her love and artistry for roller-skating.