• Staff

  • JiM Staff

  • Directors

  • Co-Founder

    Justin Cole

    Entertainment Director

    Justin is an inspiring dance instructor and choreographer known for his ability to make dancers of all ages and abilities look and feel stellar on stage. Read Full Bio Here

    Photo Credit: Leslie Noel, PPF

    Your contact for...
    Community Events
    - Carnivals
    - Parades
    - Festivals
    Stage Shows
    Fundraising Events
    …and more to come!

  • Co-Founder

    Linda Craig

    Education Director

    “Ms. Linda,” as her students call her, is an educator who has found her life’s work guiding young people to live with the exuberance and poise of confident dancers. Read Full Bio Here

    Photo Credit: Leslie Noel, PPF

    Your contact for...
    JiM Family Accounts
    - Billing
    - Customer Portal
    Early Childhood Program
    Board / Non-Profit Inquiries
    …and more to come!

  • Teaching Staff

    Introducing JiM's New Teachers!

    Diversity * Positivity * Collaboration * Consideration * Empowerment * Mastery

    Working together to bring JiM's operating values to life for dancers, our non-profit studio, our communities, and each other.


  • Lou Fancher

    Applied Ballet; Ballet Conditioning; Private Coaching

    Lou Fancher is a freelance choreographer, ballet master and teacher working in the Bay area. Lou has been the Ballet Mistress for contemporary dance companies in the U. S. and Canada, including among others, Company C Contemporary Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Dancing People Company, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and ARENA. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of Cincinnati. She has created ballets for Ballet Arts Minnesota, James Sewell Ballet, Alberta Ballet Apprentice Ensemble, Theatre Ballet of Spokane, Ballet Pacifica, New York Theatre Ballet and for full evening concerts as an independent choreographer. Her work has been presented by the Minnesota Dance Alliance and The Carlisle Project, a former national program designed to assist the artistic growth of choreographers.

    A published author and journalist, Lou writes for The East Bay Times (formerly Contra Costa Times), Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Diablo Magazine, WIRED, San Francisco Weekly, Oakland Magazine, Walnut Creek Magazine, San Francisco Classical Voice, East Bay Express. East Bay Monthly and other Bay Area publications. She is the author of two original children╩╝s books and has designed and illustrated over 60 picture books. You may visit her website online at www.johnsonandfancher.com

    Photo Credit: Lou Fancher

    Why We're Excited: Joy in Motion is very lucky to be able to offer ballet training with Miss Lou, a master ballet teacher with experience helping everyone from professional company members to local youth students to pro golfers apply the fundamentals of classical ballet training to help their bodies soar toward their movement goals. Miss Lou's passion for joining Joy in Motion to apply classical ballet technique to student-centered dance goals in other genres is inspiring to both Justin Cole and Ms. Linda!

  • Rachel Garcia

    Jazz; Tap

    Rachel Garcia is a recent graduate from Saint Mary's College of California with a B.A. in Sociology and Dance, where she furthered her training with the Saint Mary's College Dance Company and Saint Mary's College Spirit Team. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Rachel has been dancing and performing since the age of 7, where she competed and trained in ballet, jazz, pointe, tap, acro, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theater. She began her training at Danscape Academy and continued the rest of her training at Nevada Dance Academy with Ava Kerr and Diane Guest-Hoff. 

    In college, Rachel was introduced to the world of Modern and African dance and from there, she knew her love of dance could not be contained. She has had the opportunity and pleasure to work with artists such as Cathy Davalos, Rogelio Lopez, Dana Lawton, Shaunna Vella, Pope Flynn, Andrew Merrell, and Zaquia Salinas. With the SMC Spirit Team, she has had the opportunity to continue her love for sports, be televised, travel, dance and perform in the WCC tournament, NIT tournament, and NCAA tournament. Every summer, Rachel takes time to further her dance training in Los Angeles, taking classes and working with choreographers in the industry.

    Since graduation, Rachel has danced professionally for Prayer in Motion, INQ, Stranger Lover Dreamer, Visceral Roots, and Bliss Dance Company. Rachel has also had the pleasure of teaching around the Bay Area

    Photo Credit: Bliss Dance Company

    Guessing Game: Recognize Rachel? If you use the childcare at this Lamorinda club, Rachel might have already cared for your young ones. Which facility is it?

  • Justin Madfes

    Preschool; Hip Hop; Broadway, Cardio Jam

    Justin got his performing start in 4th grade in an after-school program titled, Broadway Song & Dance.  He was reluctant, but went anyway.  As an outcome of that experience, he fell in love with performing.

    Justin joined Pinole Young Actors in their summer youth theater program and danced at Adrienne’s Dance Studio, now know as Anjee’s Dance Etc (Pinole).  Both at the theater and dance studio he grew as a performer and then an instructor of the arts. Working within the Pinole theatrical community he had the good fortune of meeting and teaching with both Justin Cole and Linda Craig.

    Through his high school and college years Justin continued in his musical performances at all over the Bay Area, qualifying Actors' Equity. He appeared with Pinole Community Players, Benicia Old Town Theatre, Contra Costa Civic Theater, Contra Costa Musical Theater, and Center Repertory Theatre Group. During this time Justin also had the opportunity to work as a choreographer at various locations/programs/schools. 

    Moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Justin worked as a Zumba instructor for packed adult classes at 24 Fitness, and LA Fitness.  During his 5 years down south he continued to develop his craft including working as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood. He then was offered a position at Adat Ari El Day School, which evolved into him becoming the head of their Dance and Theatre Department where Justin specialized in preschool programming.

    Fun Fact: Justin and Ms. Linda were Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum together as instructors in the Pinole Young Actors summer workshop in 2009.

  • Raquel Tansier

    Hip Hop; Jazz

    Raquel Tansier was introduced to the beautiful art of dance at the age of 4 years old and fell in love with it after her very first class at Katie's Dance Studio. She has now been dancing for almost 20 years and has been teaching dance at both Katies' Dance Studio and Broadway Rhythm Dance Company for 8 years. She has trained in many styles of dance such as Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Modern but her favorite style of dance is Hip Hop - a love cultivated as a student of JiM's own Justin Cole!!

    Raquel had the opportunity to travel around the U.S to perform at places such as Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, New York and New Jersey. She has also performed at Disneyland, Disney’s California adventures, Disney world and The Carnival Cruise. She has participated in dance competitions such as Dance Masters of California, Oakland’s Got Talent and Xpression Dance Competition which aired on Oxygen’s reality tv show ‘Dance Mom’s’. One of her biggest accomplishments so far has been performing on the Oracle Arena stage in front of a huge audience in Oakland CA as a back up dancer. Now at the age of 24, Raquel is still traveling and performing and has recently joined Groove Against The Machine, a Competing Hip Hop company in Oakland at In The Groove Studios.

    Did you know? If you were at Dance for Kindness 2017 in SF with JiM, you may have seen a dynamic Hip Hop "dance-off" duet that Raquel choreographed!

  • Bela Watson

    Preschool; Modern; Contemporary; Ballet; Tap; Jazz; Young Choreographers Workshop

    Bela Watson considers herself a dance researcher, as her zest for exploring all styles, techniques, and approaches to movement has been extensive.  Her early training in Central Florida prepared her to work with the legends in all dance genres, such as David Howard and Petrus Bosman for ballet, Gus Giordano for jazz, Gregory Hines and Henry LeTang for tap, and Mia Michaels for Contemporary.  She extended her studies of the Visual Arts and Dance, receiving her BFA from Florida State University in 2000.

    After some hip hop and break dancing commercial work in LA, she rooted back in Florida and began training dancers consistently. Before long, she founded Soul Play Modern Dance Fusion, a professional dance company that put on full length contemporary theatrical performances.  When the first season’s showcase sold out each night, she then implemented a pre-professional company extension, casting some of the young dancers she trained as apprentices.

    Soon after, she was diagnosed with a rare cancer and was forced to put performing aside. She dissolved her company and pursued yoga school for her physical rehabilitation process, becoming a certified yoga instructor for adults and children. This allowed her to return to teaching nationally and choreographing award-winning works for the competitive dance networks. Bela’s passion for coaching life skills through the metaphorical dance experience continues to drive her own learning process.

    A new graduate student at Saint Mary’s, she is furthering her research on the mind-body connection through somatic training and movement therapy. Bela believes that dance is universally our first language as humans, and therefore remains for everyone.  She holds the perspective that each style of dance reflects aspects of our personalities and provides us a new lens to discover the Self through, and she feels her role as a facilitator is to provide tools and open doors in each student’s process of exploration.

    Why We're Excited: Bela's deep commitment to exploring dance, yoga, and somatics as an avenue for empowerment and healing for all bodies is right in line with Joy in Motion's mission and operating values. Plus, Bela had SO many great programming ideas in our interviews!