Justin Haiu’s strength as a choreographer comes from his extensive experience. It is founded in cultural performance and hip hop, including career highlights of being runner-up in So You Think You Can Dance, touring with Walt Disney’s theatre production The Lion King and, recently, completing the New Zealand debut musical City of 100 Lovers.
Justin has worked alongside New Zealand’s leading choreographers and dancers, including Michael Parmenter and Black Grace Dance Company, and was one of the founding dancers and choreographers with The New Zealand Dance Company. He’s worked with Red Leap Theatre Company, touring with the award-winning production The Arrival and Paper Sky. Justin was a co-pioneer of the clowning group The White Face Crew, with its street-style roving and award-winning performances in La Vie Dans Une Marionette and Double Derelicts. Justin also directs and performs his own created physical-theatre family-friendly works under the name of Jandel J and the Funky Friends.