Josue Justiz

Company Member since 2018

Josue was born in Cuba where he started studying ballet at the age of 9 in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba. When he was 14, he entered the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana under the guidance of masters Fernando Alonso and Ramona de Saa. During his time there, he was a successful competitor in the International Ballet Competitions of Havana winning one silver and two gold medals. After graduation, he entered the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso. After only two years with the company, he earned the title of soloist. He came to the United States permanently soon after where he joined the Studio Company of the Washington Ballet. In 2014, he joined the former Ballet San Jose under the direction of ballet legend Jose Manuel Carreño. Jose is a founding member of Dimensions Dance Theatre where he collaborated with well-known choreographers such as Septime Webre, Tara Reid, Vicente Nebrada, and Yanis Pikieris.

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Whom do you most admire and why?

I admire a great deal of individuals but, to be honest, the human race as a whole deserves nothing but praise. Although imperfect, we have achieved literally the stuff of dreams with nothing more than our minds and our wills.

What excites you creatively?

I feel most creative when surrounded by fellow artists of any kind or when I find myself immersed in a natural site like the sea or the forest.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?  

A farmer.

What is the best piece of dance advice you’ve ever received?

Edward Vilella said something very interesting to me a few months ago: “It’s not about you. ”

What are your favorite roles? 

  • • Albrecht, Giselle, choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (2018)