Queensland dancer Josephine Weise was born in Longreach, and commenced her dance training at the Pamela Marshall Academy of Dance, in Pialba, Hervey Bay.
In 2011 Josephine left home to further her dance training in Brisbane at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) in association with Kelvin Grove State College. In her 3 years at QDSE she completed her high school studies and Royal Academy of Dance qualifications, was selected to dance in the Brisbane City Youth Ballet Company and received several awards and scholarships. They included the QDSE Paulette Carson Scholarship for 2012 and 2013, Kelvin Grove’s 2012 Terese Gambaro All Rounder Award and 2013 Margaret Green All Rounder Award, QDSE’s Most Improved Award, the Indy Foundation Bendigo Bank Bursary, the QDSE Dance School of Excellence Award, the Australian Ballet School Intensive Week Scholarship and the RSL Youth Development Program Grant.
In 2014, Josephine undertook full-time study as part of Sydney Dance Company’s inaugural Pre-Professional Year, and was selected to tour with the Company on a two-month trainee contract performing Rafael Bonachela‘s 2 One Another in Western Australia, Queensland and central western New South Wales. In 2015 Josephine danced in Mira Calix’s art instillation Inside There Falls during its world premiere Sydney Festival 2015 season and Rafael Bonachela‘s Frame of Mind as a trainee. Frame of Mind won the 2015 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Dance Work’ and ‘Best Dance Work’.