JULIEN: DON DAYBREAK
NYC's Julien is warm, encouraging, and down-to-earth. A Miami native, his energy reminds us of daybreak; his attitude is optimistic, bright, with a touch of spirituality.
Julien’s class couples inspirational wisdom and grounded charm. He’s an incredible dancer, with impeccable training. Boy Juju serves flavor realness in his class, and his hips do not lie!
We caught up with our latest instructor to learn about his ((305)) and celebrity crushes, his go-to snack, and his ultimate #BOSS moment.
Welcome to the ((305)) fam! Kicking things off, tell us three ways you want to make people feel in your class!
Inspired, joyful, powerful!
Yas! What's your life motto?
Be here now.
If one celebrity could take your class, who'd it be?
Who is your ((305)) instructor crush?
What was the most challenging part about training?
Not going too full out! Sometimes I get lost in the movement and music.
Tell us about a time you failed.
When I was six, I quit piano right in the middle of a lesson. I just got up and told my instructor that I was done. My family would not stop making fun of me because of it. They said, “We don’t quit.” I felt like I let them down. I’ve decided I’ll never quit something again.
Though the time might come where I need to move on, I will make sure time always runs it’s course.
Tell us a story from your childhood that proves you're a #BOSS.
I never did my homework growing up, I hated it. I convinced my teacher in the six grade to give me extra credit if I could give my class our midterm review. She had no idea what she had done. She practically gave me my own talk show for one whole hour. I also got an A on that exam.
With Valentine's Day coming up, tell us about your type!
They have to have a sense of humor and passionate. Basically, they have to love life but not take it too seriously.
Cute! Speaking of, what's your relationship status?
Taken! I met him at the bar I was working at. I saw him staring at me across the bar but he’s so shy, so I went up to him to say “Hi!” Typical Julien move. 💅
Tell us about your last wild night out.
Tequila driven and ending with a catwalk competition with a few drag queens. Do you wanna know who won? Me 😜
What's your go-to post-class snack?
Peanut butter on anything!
Describe your style in the 90s.
Hip hop chic! FUBU, South Pole, Phat Farm... ya dig?!
What's your favorite 90s jam?
Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey - "When You Believe"
Tell us a throwback story from your younger years!
I was bouncing around singing and dancing everywhere. I made everything a game. I was my teachers' favorite student and worst nightmare at the same time. People loved my energy but it was nonstop!
I started to take dance classes to channel my energy and that’s when everything changed. I finally had a vehicle to self expression. It allowed me to gain a better understanding of what I can do with all of my energy.
Finally, why do you LOVE ((305))?
It allows me to take so many things I cherish in life and use them with purpose.
Quit reading, start dancing!
Take a class with Julien. Community classes begin Monday 2/19. Classes are $15. Proceeds benefit She's The First, sending girls to school for the first time in their families.