After an extensive search, NWA Ballet Theatre is excited to announce David Justin as Executive/Artistic Director for the 20/21 season. David joins NWABT from his post as Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory and brings an unprecedented level of education and experience to the company.
“I am thrilled to bring someone with David’s knowledge, talent, and experience to lead NWA Ballet Theatre," said NWABT Founding Director, Margie Bordovsky. "His innovative ideas and talent will blend seamlessly with the mission of the company and it will be a great enjoyment watching our organization evolve under his artistic leadership. I am equally excited for our dancers and staff to have a mentor of this caliber who cares about them individually, guiding and shaping their dance careers."
David began his career at Boston Ballet and advanced to hold principal and soloist roles at Birmingham Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. Since retiring as a dancer, he has worked as a choreographer, staging critically acclaimed work supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Choreographic Institute (NYCB), Dance Gallery NYC, Ballet Builders, American College Dance Association, International Choreographer’s Showcase, National Choreographer’s Initiative, as well as several universities and performing arts schools.
David’s instructional expertise stems from his contributions as the interim ballet master and men's program coordinator at Kansas City Ballet , and a professorship at the University of Texas-Austin. As the founding artistic director of American Repertory Ensemble and co-producer of the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival, David also brings energetic executive leadership to the organization.
Commenting on his new role, which will begin on June 22, Justin said:
“I am thrilled to be joining the team of dedicated people at NWA Ballet Theatre. As I take on the roles and responsibilities of Executive Artistic Director, I am keenly aware of the energy and effort by so many talented individuals that have brought NWABT this far. As we move into the future, we will continue our service to the region and seek new ways to meet the challenges ahead with innovation and creativity. I am grateful to be on this journey with you.”
Join us in welcoming David to Northwest Arkansas and NWA Ballet Theatre!