Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening


Winner of the 2014 Sage Award for Outstanding Dance Performance, 

ROOTED is a celebration of the foundations of Hip Hop. The first and only choreographers’ evening focused exclusively on dance under the Hip Hop umbrella and its roots.

Created and curated by Maia Maiden, this multifaceted show exhibits the skills and techniques of the finest choreographers in the Twin Cities. ROOTED is a high-energy performance where audience members can share space with Minnesota’s diverse hip hop community featuring old-school favorites, up-and-coming talent, and the women of Hip Hop. ROOTED is the only show of its kind that embraces the history of Hip Hop culture and, for that reason, has sold out every year since its debut.

Like kinesthetic technicians, ROOTED’s featured choreographers take the stage to illuminate this underrepresented craft. What started as a need for recognizing Hip Hop on the stage, has flourished into a community affair. Join us at ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening, to learn about the foundations of Hip Hop dance and its lasting legacy.




Video Credit: AllWays film And Photography

Upcoming Performances


Video Credit: AllWays film And Photography

Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening 2018

June 15 & 16, 2018


Wellstone Center
179 Robie Street E.
St. Paul, MiNnesota 55107


Featured Artists:

Gambit Family

Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli


New Black City

New York Invasion featuring Kwikstep, Rokafella and Toni Blackman

Step with Soul




Al taw'am

Bomba Karaya Güey


Cypher Side


Freestylerz Salute featuring Averie Mitchell-Brown, BYZCHLN, Chynna Moua, David Stalter Jr., Mike Ingram, TI10, TruSoul, Nate Kay, Tumelo Khupe and Vortex

Impilo Mapantsula-South Africa featuring Vusi Mdoyi, Sicelo Xaba and Sello Modiga (2018 McKnight International Choreographers) with Vasthy Anang, Destiny Anderson, Iman Siferllah-Griffin, Khadijah Siferllah-Griffin, Julian Hines, Zhane Jackson Herbert Johnson III, Maia Maiden, Aneka McMullen, Ashuna Moore, Alan Mure and Mimi Roquemore


Special Guests:
DJ Digie // Glo Pesci // Tish Jones


Join us after the show on June 15 for a reception and June 16 for a discussion with the 2018 McKnight International Choreographers  Vusi Mdoyi, Sicelo Xaba and Sello Modiga (Impilo Mapantsula) of South Africa!



Learn. Connect. Vibe. Dedicated to the knowledge element of Hip Hop culture, join us for these
engaging classes! Open to all ages, levels and abilities. No previous experience necessary.

Saturday June 16, 2018
Wellstone Center, 179 Robie St E, St. Paul, MN 55107
Cash Only. No pre-registration required. Limit 30 per class.


ROOTED Sampler Class
From Old School to New School and everything in between, get on the floor with upcoming, recognized and award-winning dancers right from the Twin Cities! Featuring A+, Al Taw'am, Gambit Family, and New Black City


Master Classes with New York Invasion
$15 | 1:30PM-3PM
Come learn from the best New York dancers on the scene! Join the legendary Kwikstep and Rokafella as they teach Breaking style, technique and choreography.

$15 | 3PM-4:30PM
Words, flows and cyphers! Take a lyrical journey with highly acclaimed spoken word artist Toni Blackman-the first Hip Hop Cultural Ambassador to the U. S. State Department.


Master Class with Impilo Mapantsula-South Africa
FREE | 4:30-5:30PM
Street. Roots. Style. Connect with the master trio of Vusi Mdoyi, Sicelo Xaba and Sello Modiga (2018 McKnight international choreograpers) as they teach Pantsula. As they say in South Africa: Sharp! Sharp!


The Cowles Center and the McKnight Choreographer Fellowship program are pleased to announce the 2018 McKnight International Choreographer and a 2018 partnership with the Maia Maiden Productions.

South African choreographers Vusi Mdoyi, Sicelo Xaba and Sello Modiga (Impilo Mapantsula) have been selected as the 2018 McKnight International Choreographers, a program that provides a Minnesota residency for international choreographers each year to work with Twin Cities dance artists to develop and showcase. 

The work will premiere in ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening, June 15 & 16 at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul, MN.

McKnight International choreographer Residency information


Past Performances


Rooted: hip-hop Choreographers' Evening 2016
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis MN
June 9-11

Photo Credit: DIGIEmade Photography


Video Credit: AllWays film And Photography




Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening 2014
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis MN
June 12-14


Jay Pharoah Trixx/MN Motion

Kaleena Miller Dance

Looney Tunes Crew

Ozzy Dris


Voice of Culture

With Special Guest: DJ Huh?What??

Al Taw’am

B Boy J-Sun

B Girl MonaLisa & Arturo Miles


Energy Dance Collective

Epitome No Question

EVST(Eastview Step Team) (Julian Hines) 2014 SAGE Award Nominee for Outstanding Ensemble


Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening 2012
Patrick's Caberet, Minneapolis MN
June 22-23


MN Funkstyles

Rhythm Tappers

Obtuse Crew 2012 SAGE Award Winner for Outstanding Ensemble

Oyin Dance Collective

Praxis (Patrick Henry High School) (B Boy J-Sun)

Tempestt Pechan

Voice of Culture

With Special Guests: Erin Stellmach /// Gabrielle Samone featuring JSmooth /// Tish Jones

Amirah Sackett

Art of Dance Studio

B Boy J-Sun & Dancin' Dave

Christ Up

From Streets to Stage (Rene Thompson)

Hip Hope (Sara Kelly)

Hanna Esparza & Jae Phillips

Lily Stone

Midwest Kingdom


Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening 2010
Patrick's Caberet, Minneapolis MN
June 18-20


Praxis (Patrick Henry High School) (B Boy J-Sun) 

Rene Thompson

Small Talk/Spread the Love

Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts (Amirah Sackett)

Stephanie Shapso


Viva Venzuela

Voice of Culture featuring Carnage The Executioner

Christ Up

ConsciousSpirit featuring Tish Jones

Curio Dance

Ellena Schoop

Emily Broeker & Kathleen Pender

Fatima Cocci & Debra McGee

Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Company

Kortland Jackson & Jay Walker


Rooted: Hip Hop Choreographers' Evening 2009
Patrick's Caberet, Minneapolis MN
June 19-20


Kortland Jackson

Laddie Messing

Lily Stone

Maia Maiden

Morris Johnson

Rhythmic Circus

Voice of Culture

Xculsiive Bandiitsz

With Special Guest: King Boogaloo Tut

Amirah Sackett

Arturo Miles


B Boy J-Sun


Dancin’ Dave


HYPE (Tina Flewellyn)

Jay Walker



Maia A. Maiden
Curator & Director

Julian Hines
Production manager