Justine completed her dance training in the UK, graduating from Central in 1991. She has since worked extensively in dance, theatre, fashion, design and arts management. She has been based in Dublin since 1997.
Her work has included collaboration and performance with John Scott's Irish Modern Dance Theatre / Fabrice Dugied (France) / Sean Curran (USA) / Sara Rudner (USA); Liz Roche Company formerly Rex Levitates / Jodi Melnick (USA); George Piper Dances – Channel 4's Ballet Boyz (UK) / Charles Linehan (UK); CoisCéim Dance Theatre; Dance Theatre of Ireland / Les Carnet Bagouet (FR); Charleroi Danses (BE) repertoire: Merce Cunningham (USA) / Lucinda Childs (USA), Paul Taylor Dance Company (USA); The Abbey Theatre, Tarry Flynn (incl Royal National Theatre, London), The Tempest; Landmark Productions The Secret Garden; Opera Ireland, Macbeth, Aida, The Silver Tassie; Gavin Friday Tomorrow Belongs to Me, St Patrick's Festival, BBC, RTÉ & TV3 amongst others.
2016 saw Justine choreograph Elvis is My Daddy (Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Everyman Theatre, Cork and the Olympia Theatre); choreograph and perform in Dusk by Eamon Carr, directed by Denis Conway (The New Theatre) and choreograph elements of Heresy, an opera by Roger Doyle, directed by Eric Fraad (Project Arts Centre). Soon after she choreographed “We Couldn't Fake It” for prominent Irish Rock band The Coronas and was selected to participate in the 2017 Dublin Theatre Festival and Theatre Forum's Next Stage professional development programme. 2018-19 Justine's work included site specific solo A-Tone for Dublin Unitarian Church (commissioned by Pipeworks Festival); The thing is?... curated by THEATREclub's THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON, Vol 5 (Project Arts Centre) and The Elusive Apple of My "I" for the Lighting Design for Dance curated by Liz Roche Company in partnership with Dance Ireland and The Lir. She was awarded an Arts Council 2018 Travel & Training Award, 2019 and 2020/21 Bursary, 2020 Professional Development Award, 2020/21 Project Award, 2021 Agility Award and a 2021 Next Generation Award. Residencies have included Dance Limerick, Shawbrook and Dance Ireland.
In 2019 Justine worked on NI Opera's production of The Chronic Identity Crisis of Pamplemousse as Associate/Movement Director, directed by Caitriona Mclaughlin and her work The thing is?... was programmed for Irish Modern Dance Theatre's Festival of Irish Choreography (Project Arts Centre). Following this her work in development, Contrapunctus III, was selected for a work-in-progress showing at the Co-Motion: Dance and Borders Conference, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast (0ctober 2019).
June 2020, Justine presented a reimagined Contrapunctus III - CORVIDAE online, commissioned by Irish Modern Dance Theatre's Dancer From The Dance: Festival of Irish Choreography 2020, curated by John Scott. CORVIDAE was selected for Red National de Arte's 5th edition of the Festival Internacional de Videodanza de la Ciudad de México September 2020.
2021 has seen Justine's work dyad, a dance performance film in collaboration with Luca Truffarelli, presented digitally as part of Dublin Dance Festival's Summer 2021 Edition and A Piece of my Heart, commissioned by Irish Modern Dance Theatre presented in July as part of the Dancer From The Dance Festival 2021. Justine is currently an Irish Modern Dance Theatre Associate Artist 2020-22.
In addition, Justine has experience teaching a selection of dance disciplines to all ages and abilities. She has been a resident dance artist in schools for County Councils. She has worked for Liz Roche and John Scott as assistant choreographer and dance captain for The Abbey Theatre (David Bolger and Muirne Bloomer). She is currently responsible for the Junior section of Dublin Youth Dance Company (12-17yrs).