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  • Dance for Kindness 2018

    On Sunday, November 11th we hosted the 7th annual Dance for Kindness (DFK).  

    DFK is a World Wide event brought to everyone by Life Vest Inside (LVI), a non-profit organization founded in New York. DFK is in celebration of World Kindness Day. Over 55,000 participants in over 240 cities, in about 65 countries, perform a Freezemob & Flashmob to the same songs, doing the same dance, all on the same day.  

    It began with an East Coast Choreographer, then went to the West Coast where, Joy in Motion was honored that, Justin was chosen to be the Head Choreographer in 2016 and 2017. He also led the event in San Francisco those years. In 2018 they moved to Sweden. 

    Justin and Joy in Motion led the event in 2018 and with approximately 200 dancers and over 100 viewers, it was deeply moving being a part of a Global Movement as well as a Community Collaboration."Kindness truly does keep the world afloat!" What an amazing way to kickoff World Kindness Day and Week.

  • Flash Mob at LAC's Art of Mixology

    We had a blast!
     
    The Lamorinda Art Council's (LAC) annual Art of Mixology fundraiser happened October 13th, 2018.
     
    Joy in Motion led the 2nd annual Flashmob at their biggest fundraiser of the year where they raised over $10K.
     
    We were pleased to have JiM Adult Dancers, friends, family, and community members participate in this amazing event as well as have Justin Cole chair it knowing Joy in Motion is an Art Partner with the LAC! 
  • DANCE PARTY & AUCTION

    On September 15th dancers, parents and community members of ALL AGES came to our to celebrate the OPENING of Joy in Motion's NEW HOME. We held our Deploy Joy Dance Party & Silent Auction which was a smashing success. We transformed the space (once again) to create a magical party atmosphere.

    Our Lobby featured a photo booth and the Lounge was open for relaxing and visiting with friends. Studio 1 became our Dining Room with amazing food & drinks. Studio 2 became our Silent Auction Room which featured 27 amazing packages as well as our Signature Cocktail...the Jim-o-nade! Last, but certainly not least, Studio 3 became our Glow in the Dark Dance Room which was enjoyed by kids and adults alike. We also had an amazing face painter in our large side hallway which used glow in the dark make-up!

    The space was absolutely perfect for our approximately 170 guests and was filled with so much love and support. Seeing people enjoying themselves and enlivening our new home made us extremely happy and proud! We raised over $15,000 from the event which includes a generous donation of $5,000 that evening...WOOHOO!!! We wan't thank our friends, family and the community more for believing in us, our dream, and our organization!

  • RIBBON CUTTING

    Wow, wow, wow!! Thank you for the warm reception on August 23rd, Moraga!! 

    Thank you first to the Moraga Chamber of Commerce - Executive Director Kathe Nelson for organizing a Ribbon Cutting for JiM, and also to Chamber Vice President Larry Tessler and past president Wendy Scheck for coming out to the event. 

    From the Town Council of Moraga - thank you Mayor Dave Trotter for your kind words and Vice Mayor Teresa Onoda for your continued support. 

    From the Moraga Planning Department - Thank you for supporting JiM with your presence Derek Farmer, Planning Director, and Steve Kowalski, Senior Planner..it was nice to see you without exchanging any paperwork! 

    Thank you Dave Schnayer Commercial Real Estate for guiding Linda and Justin through a totally new landscape from start to ribbon-cutting and for helping us believe we could do it!! 

    Thank you also to our local business neighbors Total Clean and Si Si Caffe for coming by and for flowers!!

    Thank you to two of our Joy in Motion Board Members - Tammara Plankers and Kim Angell - for bringing yummy treats and bubbly to our celebration. And to Meredith Friedman for representing the Lamorinda Arts Council's support.

    Thank you to our friends and family near and far who showed up in person and in spirit - including some JiM Adult Dancers and moms!! This was a splendid rite of passage ceremony for Joy in Motion!!!!
  • Arts Affair - Lamorinda Arts Council

    On June 6th, 2018, Joy in Motion represented the dance world at the Lamorinda Arts Council (LAC)'s first annual Arts Affair event at the Orinda Library. Read about the event in Lamorinda Weekly HERE

    Joy in Motion is an Arts Partner with the LAC and Justin Cole has served on the board of directors for the non-profit since 2015 when the Orinda Arts Council became the Lamorinda Arts Council, in order to expand our opportunities to include Orinda's neighbors of Lafayette and Mortaga in this vibrant, local, artistic community.

    Thank you to all our performers in jazz/tap, boys hip hop, teen tap and adult hip hop who represented Joy in Motion well at this inaugural event!

  • Dance for Kindness 2017 - Sunday, November 12th

    On November 12th, Justin led the second event in San Francisco for the 6th annual Dance for Kindess (DFK).  

     

    DFK is a World Wide event brought to everyone by Life Vest Inside (LVI), a non-profit organization based in New York. It is in celebration of World Kindness Day. About 15,000 participants in over 120 cities, in about 50 countries, will perform a Freezemob & Flashmob to the same songs, doing the same dance, all on the same day. 

     

  • Mixology Flash Mob

    On Saturday, Oct. 7, Joy in Motion organized and lead a dance Flash Mob at the Lamorinda Art Council's Art of Mixology. 

    The 4th annual Art of Mixology Fundraiser at the Orinda Theatre Square supports the Lamorinda Arts Council - a nonprofit that has been igniting and sustaining artistic expression and appreciation in the visual, performing and literary arts for people of all ages in our community for over 65 years.

    Justin Cole was the chair of the 2017 Mixology, and Joy in Motion was a sponsor!!

  • Groovin' for Good #G4G

    On July 23rd, 2017, Joy in Motion collaborated with Mindful Littles for a fun and meaningful community service event for a local senior home..."Groovin' for Good."  

    Tanuka Gordon, of Mindful Littles, explained why we came together to do this, sharing personal stories and history.  Then, our very own Justin Cole spent most of the time teaching the group a Freezemob and short dance to perform less than an hour later. We all walked to the senior home where JiM dancers performed two other numbers and the entire group did what we had just learned.  We are SO proud of everyone who attended this event to spread love, joy and compassion at the Orinda Senior Villiage. The participants were courageous, gracious, kind and so much fun to watch. Everyone in the room had a huge smile on their face and JiM dancers were part of the reason why.

    At the end of the dance performance each family was paired up with a senior to chat and share stories. We are beyond proud and grateful to have been a part of this and blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community!

    To visit Mindful Littles Blog Post on this event, click HERE

  • Last Sunday Justin Cole from Joy in Motion chose “Old Times Rock n Roll” as the song choice for our Mindful Littles Groovin’ for Good dance, and the lyrics couldn’t have be more appropriate. The event definitely was one that “soothed the soul,” and there were tears, laughter and a lot of hugs from littles, bigs and seniors alike. ~ Tanuka Gordon of Mindful Littles
  • Dance-A-Thon

    Joy in Motion, My Sustainable Table and Paynum sponsored a Dance-a-thon benefiting the Bay Area Crisis Nursery on September 25th, 2016 at the Quarry House in Orinda.

    We were able to raise $2,500, which is enough money to help pay their grocery bill for a month

    The Bay Area Crisis Nursery is a non-profit offering free, voluntary and confidential 24-hour residential care for young children in a time of personal and family crisis. Visit the Facebook Page HERE!

  • Last Saturday (October 8, 2016), Sharon McGinnis Girdlestone of My Sustainable Table with Joy in Motion DANCE came to visit us and presented a check for $2,500 for the Nursery! Their September 25th dance-a-thon, sponsored by Paymun Real Estate & Mortgage, was a smashing success for children and families! Thank you for your continuing generosity! — feeling thankful. ~ Bay Area Crisis Nursery
  • Dance for Kindness 2016

    On November 13th, Joy in Motion's very own Justin led the event in the San Francisco for the first time. Over 200 participants came together to Dance for Kindness!

     

    Joy in Motion was so honored that Justin was named Head Choreographer by Orly Wahba, the founder of Life Vest Inside, in 2016 and 2017.

  • Official San Francisco Video from 2016

  • News Coverage from 2016

  • Worldwide Montage from 2016

  • “This was my third year being involved in Dance For Kindness and it was undoubtedly the best yet.It has left me with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude, humility and genuine happiness. Seeing groups of people come together for the common goal of spreading kindness, love and positive energy was (and still is) remarkably moving! Regardless of where you are in this world, we can come together and connect as human beings.” – Justin Cole, Group Leader/Choreographer, San Francisco
  • Dance for Kindness 2015

    On November 8th, 2015, Justin led the only Bay Area venue of Dance for Kindness in Lafayette.  It was the second year in a row the event took place in Lafayette, CA. Over 70 participants joined in on spreading Joy and Kindness. 

     

    It was amazingly positive and uplifting. Watch the official Lafayette, CA video here: