Hernan Justo began dancing in 1974 at the Instituto Superior de Arte Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After ten years of training he joined Ballet Estable de Tucuman in 1981, then Ballet Estable del Teatro Colon in 1982. In 1984, he went to Teatro Argentino de la Plata, where he performed as a principal dancer in ballets such as Gaîté Parisienne, Giselle, Capriccio Espagnol, Don Quixote, Carmen, . His career then took him to the Ballet de Santiago of Chile in 1988, he had the opportunity to work with Ivan Nagy, Ben Stevenson, Stevenson Marcya Haydee among others. In 1991 he joined the Ballet Clasico de Camara (BCC) in Caracas, Venezuela under the artistic direction of Nina Novak (Ballet Russe de Montecarlo). With BCC, Mr. Justo performed most of the pas de deux of the classical repertoire. Later he joined Ballet Contemporaneo de Caracas. In 1992, Mr. Justo won the “Best Couple” award at the XV International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, one of the most prestigious competitions in professional ballet. In 1992, he was nominated as “Best Dancer of the Year” by “Casa del Artista” in Caracas and he won “Best Classical Interpretation” at the Prix Volinine in Paris, France. In 1994 he participated in a summer Italian Tour performing in Venice, Bassoon Loano, Jessolo, Vignale as well as in the International Ballet Festival in Havana, Cuba.
Mr. Justo became a Principal Dancer with the formerly called North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT) in 1994 under the artistic direction of Salvatore Aiello and later world renowned Jean Pierre Bonnefoux Patricia McBride and Jerri Kumery (New York City Ballet). In 2000 he was invited to become Artistic Director of Carolina Ballet Theatre (CBT). Mr. Justo took CBT to a professional level forming and hiring the dancers who are part of CBT, and managing all the productions that CBT presents each season. He has choreographed and staged more than fifty ballets for the company, several of them full length ballets such as; The Nutcracker, Once Upon a Time in Greenville (after Petipa), Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jolly Roger, Black Swan, Mirror Mirror. Arriving in Indigo City, and Tipping Pointe.
Mr. Justo works with his wife, Anita Pacylowski -Justo. Together they direct and teach the pre-professional division of DanceArts Greenville. They have three children Martin (28), So a (18) and Nicolas (15). Mr. Justo is grateful that he can continue to create and lead ballet forward in the 21st century in Greenville, SC.