• JiM Staff

  • Justin Cole - Executive Director

    Entertainment Director, PR & Teacher

    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

  • Additional Teaching Staff - 2021

    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.


  • Justin Madfes

    Cardio Jam - Funky Freedom - Hip Hop

    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.

     

  • Bela Watson

    Ballet - Contemporary - Jazz

    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.