Julie Ann Minaai

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Julie is an international dancer, choreographer, teacher and rehearsal director. 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. She recently relocated to Melbourne and is a contemporary dance specialist at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne.

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, James Cousins, Flexer & Sandiland, English National Opera’s Madam Butterfly, Richard Malone’s LFW Presentation, Lynne Page (Pet Shop Boys, Jess Glynne’s BRIT Awards Performance 2019), 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, which have been performed at the Laguna Beach Dance Festival (California), National Dance Festival (Pennsylvania), Paliku Theatre (Hawaii), U.Dance National Festival (Plymouth), The Place (London) and Jeju (South Korea). She has devised and delivered educational outreach work for many companies to participants of all ages and backgrounds. Julie has been choreographic assistant to Lynne Page for Stormzy’s 2018 BRIT Awards performance. She has been Rehearsal Director for James Cousins Company, Avant Garde Dance Company, Dickson Mbi Company and Yukiko Masui. Julie was recently funded by the Arts Council England for her dance film, ba(ME), being screened internationally in 2022.