Image credit: Gracieuse Amah, TAKEBACK! 2021, photos by Deshani Berhardt

Julie Ann Minaai

International Dance Artist

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Julie Ann Minaai is an international dance artist with Japanese heritage.

She has trained in both the US and UK, and completed her MA in Contemporary Dance from the London Contemporary Dance School. Julie has spent the last 12 years in the UK and was recognised as an Artist of Exceptional Promise by the Arts Council England.

Since arriving in Naarm 12 months ago, she has established herself as a recognised dance artist with a clear voice, purpose, impact and reach.

Key recent highlights have included: a City of Melbourne 2023 Arts Projects grant for a cross-cultural collaboration with the Immigration Museum; an artist residency in Brimbank (The Be Bold Residency); resident choreographer and the creation of a new work ‘BORO’ for the VCA Dance’s Graduation Season 2022; upcoming role as a dancer and performer in Director Meryl Tankard AO, composer Elena Kats-Chernin AO and visual artist Régis Lansac OAM’s ‘KAIROS’ Production in Sydney Festival 2023; MANA, a collaboration with Taiko Master, Toshi Sakamoto and renowned Japanese Shamisen virtuoso, Noriko Tadano; a mentor role in supporting an emerging hip hop dance artist as part of the L2R Mentorship programme; and pro bono outreach workshops conducted in community groups in the CBD, Brimbank and Nunawading.

Julie has toured nationally in the UK and internationally (Norway, Israel, China, South Korea, Colombia & Peru) with renowned choreographers, contemporary dance companies and productions. Selected credits: Donald McKayle, Royal Opera House's Die Zauberflote, Peter Darling & Ellen Kane (Groundhog Day and Matilda The Musical), Duwane Taylor, Dickson Mbi Company, Avant Garde Dance Company, James Cousins, Flexer & Sandiland, English National Opera's Madam Butterfly, Richard Malone's LFW Presentation, Lynne Page (Pet Shop Boys, Stormzy’s 2018 and Jess Glynne's 2019 BRIT Awards Performances), Caroline Pope (ITV’s Mr. Selfridge), Lucy Hind (Nick Frost, Simon Peg & Amazon Prime Original Truth Seekers), La Dispute’s Woman (Reading) and ASDA & Th1ng Corp’s Battles Campaign.

Julie has been commissioned to teach and create works internationally: Laguna Beach Dance Festival (California), National Dance Festival (Pennsylvania), Paliku Theatre (Hawaii), U.Dance National Festival (Plymouth), The Place (London) and Jeju (South Korea). Julie’s most recent dance film, ba(ME), funded by Arts Council England, has been selected for screenings internationally: The Place (London, UK), Utah Dance Film Festival (USA), Indepen-dance’s Gathered Together Festival (Glasgow, UK), Portland Dance Film Festival (Oregon, USA), INFINITY 2022 Festival (Osaka, Japan), International Portrait Film Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria), InShadow - Lisbon Screendance Festival (Lisbon, Portugal) and Subtropic Film Festival (Taipei, Taiwan).

Julie teaches at Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc. and University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Dance. She has devised and delivered creative movement and mindfulness + mobility workshops for participants from diverse backgrounds.

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