BIO: JUSTINE FRASER
Justine was born and raised in Penticton BC, where she was introduced to dance at the age of three. Mentored by numerous great teachers and guest artists, Justine developed a movement foundation deeply rooted in both classical and stage dance. At the age of 14, Justine's passion and deep commitment to dance lead her to leave home and move to Vancouver BC, where she would begin her professional training at Pacific Dance Arts.
As a student, Justine spent her summers training at a variety of schools, under scholarship, including the Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Boston Ballet School, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Under the mentorship of Li Yaming, Justine would go on to represent Canada as a finalist dancer in both the 2009 New York Grand Prix, and as a semi-finalist in Beijing's International Ballet Competition in 2008.
Justine completed her formal training in 2012, under the mentorship of Alonzo King in San Francisco CA, and has since performed as a guest artist with numerous Canadian dance companies including Les Petit Ballet in Ottawa, and Coastal City in Ballet in Vancouver to name a few.
Justine joined Ballet Jörgen in the fall of 2012, where she was a soloist dancer for Bengt Jörgen's 25th anniversary tour of Swan Lake.
During this time Justine was fortunate enough to work closely with both Mercedes and Jose Carret, the directors of Danza Corpus, premiering the creation of the contemporary duet Last Encounter. It was during this process that Justine developed a hunger for new movement and an interest in alternative approaches to her classical foundation. This hunger lead Justine to return to Vancouver in the fall of 2013, where she would continue to investigate and research new ways to expand her classical training.
As an active educator and choreographer, Justine teaches at a number of programs within the Greater Vancouver area and abroad.
Through her own dance experience, Justine has recognized that what she has learned through her commitment to dance transcends far past dancing itself. She is inspired by the idea that the creative process can be taken out of the studio setting and used as an educative tool to help people find and celebrate their individuality.
Driven by her commitment to imagination and continued research, Justine challenges herself to find new ways that community growth and expansion can be achieved through art.