JULIO JEAN

Julio Jean is a renowned master Haitian dance teacher and choreographer with over 20 years of experience. Julio studied with Lavinia Williams, a company member of Katherine Dunham, at the National School of Arts in Haiti. He also studied with Herve Maxi, Fritz Jolicoeur, Edwige Roche, Rachel Tavernier and Regine Montrosier Trouillot etc..In 1989, he moved to New York City, and worked directly with Katherine Dunham teaching traditional Haitian dance for her teacher training. He has been a guest teacher at Webster University in Saint Louis and Humboldt University, and has taught workshops in San Francisco, Milwaukee, and at the Dance New England Dance Camp in Poland, Maine. Among other venues, Julio’s performances have been seen at Alvin Ailey for National Dance week and at Summer Stage in 2010. Currently, Julio teaches at Cumbe : Center for African and Diaspora Dance in Brooklyn, New York and the Y in Montclair, New Jersey. His schedule at Cumbe is following Mondays 6:30-8:00pm : Absolute Beginner, Saturdays 1:30-3:00pm Open Level. At this moment he's offering classes via Zoom on Sundays 11am-12:00pm and Fridays, beginner level, 6:00-7:00pm. Julio is also a songwriter and composer and just released the album, “Kenbe la,” which encompasses the panorama of traditional Haitian music.