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Joseph ‘MN JOE’ Tran

Teaching Artist


JOSEPH ‘MN JOE’ TRAN has been a professional breaker since 2007. He is a founding member of BRKFST Dance Company and also a member of the world-renowned breaking crew Knuckleheads Cali, known for their uniquely intricate and non-traditional methods of movement. Tran is the recipient of the 2019 McKnight Dancer Fellowship and is known for his signature moves which have earned him multiple first-place victories in breaking competitions across the US, Europe, and South America. Tran has choreographed multiple original works, set repertoire with BRKFST at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Carleton College, and from 2007-2019 he was a dancer and choreographer for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves “First Avenue Breakers.” Tran currently works as a breaking instructor for Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Concordia University, and Young Dance.

2022–23 Teaching Roster: Beginning Breaking
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