David Justin



All levels of Ballet, Choreography, Improv, Partnering, Physical Manifestation of Emotion in Movement, Languages of the Stage and Portfolio for the Professional Dancer

What you enjoy most about being a part of UT Theatre and Dance:

I enjoy it the most when someone ‘gets it’, makes it their own, and takes it beyond its origination…question is "What is ‘it’?"

Favorite thing about Austin:

The water, the hills, curvy roads, Texas sunsets – people smile a lot

The biggest risk you have taken to date:

Oh – there have been so many…one of my mantras is:
"Make giant leaps and great forces will come to your aid." – Anthony Hopkins

Something about yourself that we wouldn't know from reading your professional biography:

I drink a lot of green tea…I mean a lot!

About David:

Formerly a principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), a Soloist with San Francisco Ballet (SFB) and Boston Ballet, David has toured extensively across the globe performing at Lincoln Center, NY, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, Paris Opera, Paris as well as major houses in Italy, Japan, Hong Kong and South Africa. His repertoire is vast, spanning many eras and genres of dance. He has performed principal roles from many of the classics; Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Copellia, La Fille Mal Garde, Le Corsaire, Don Quixote and others; to the Champion Roper in Agnes DeMille's Rodeo, and the Husband in Robins' The Concert, Pulcinella in Caniparoli's Pulcinella, King Arthur in Bintley's Arthur, and Gaveston in Edward II. David has also been privileged to dance principal roles in many twentieth century choreographers' masterpieces including the works of Balanchine, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, Stanton Welsh, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Hans Van Manen, Kenneth MacMillan, Paul Taylor and William Forsythe among many more. David's dancing has been described as 'alluring and mercurial', 'polished', 'brilliant', and 'fearless'.

With a choreographic career over fifteen years and a performance career over thirty years. He has created works on dancers from around the world including New York City Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Atlanta Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, American Repertory Ensemble and others. David travels regularly as a guest teacher to work with ballet companies and schools including Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Royal Ballet School of London, and Salzburg International Ballet Academy.

David holds a master of arts degree from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and serves as the B.F.A. Dance program head. He is an associate professor of dance, and co-producer of the Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op.