Julian Hines

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2018-Present

First Year on the Cowles Center Roster: 2018

Arts in Education Programs: Workshops, Dance Without Barriers

Styles: Afro-Beat Contemporary, West-African, Percussive

Teaching Artist Philosophy: "I start with the students and the prior knowledge and beliefs that they bring to the class regarding the subject to be learned. I aim to support students to build bridges by connecting new content and skills to prior knowledge and to draw out any misconceptions.”


Julian Hines a.k.a. the JAHNERAL is an interdisciplinary artist who has created a kaleidoscope path in his artistry for over 10 years in the Twin Cities and abroad. He has studied various genres of dance primarily focused on West African, Hip Hop and Step.  As a member of Voice of Culture Drum + Dance, he trained and honed his craft in West African Dance. Abroad, Julian has taught, danced and held the position as the choreography director for JAPAN ONE LOVE TOUR 日本, a concert tour to benefit Japan's Tsunami relief foundation. His own work has been featured in ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening 2014, which soon followed a Sage Award nomination for Best Ensemble (Nostalgia). Taking a change of pace, Julian’s skills and talents took him behind the curtain as stage manager in numerous performances including the world premiere of Maia Maiden’s Sistah Solo | Being Brothas (2015) and Sage Award-winning ROOTED: Five Year Anniversary (2016). He continues to accept new challenges as the Production Manager of ROOTED and Sistah Solo | Being Brothas.