Justin Sears is the co-founder and artistic director of Phoenix Rising Dance Company and CEO and Creative Director of Phoenix Rising Dance Studios.
Justin spent most of his formative training with companies in Chicago, IL, and trained under Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, The Cincinnati Ballet School, and Giordano Jazz Dance Scholarship Program. In addition, he has worked with Eddy Ocampo, Ron de Jesus, Francisco Avina, Stephanie Martinez, Keisha Lalama, Christopher Huggins, Tony Powell, Anne Reinking, David Hochoy, and many other choreographers from around the globe. While performing on the stage, Justin danced with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II, Thodos Dance Chicago, Inaside Dance Chicago, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Liz Shea Dance . In addition, Justin has taught with the Edison School of Performing Arts, the Indiana University Ballet Department, the New York Repertory School for Performing Arts, and the Indiana University Department of Theatre Drama and Contemporary Dance.
Justin is an innovative teacher who inspires his students to greatness through dance. He is now a professional choreographer, Creative Director, and co-founder of Phoenix Rising Dance Studios and Dance Company. He uses the foundations of art to engage and motivate students of all ages. In addition, Justin is a certified Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Artist. Most recently, Justin completed Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion Institute and presented a Pillow Talk on research on how movement and dance are essential in a post-covid world.