• JiM Staff

  • Directors

  • Executive Director

    Justin Cole

    Public Relations & Entertainment; Co-Founder

    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!

  • Executive Director

    Linda Craig

    Operations & Education; Co-Founder

    “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 - '19-'20 School Year

    Introducing JiM's 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Bela Watson

    Preschool; 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!

  • Taylor Jacobsen-Rios

    Hip Hop

    Taylor has 21 years of dance and cheer experience. Her dance training began at the age of 5 at Katie’s Dance studio where she studied Hip Hop with Joy in Motion's co-founder Justin Cole.

    She is trained in many styles of dance such as Jazz, Tap and Ballet but her favorite style of dance is Hip Hop.

    She has performed at Disneyland, Carnival Cruise Line and various festivals throughout the Bay Area. She has participated in several competitions in her dance career such as Dance Masters of California and Monsters of Hip Hop which included educational dance workshops

    She was a four year varsity cheerleader in high school, a member of Diablo Valley College's dance club, and a Junior Raiderette for four years.

    Taylor is a graduate of CSU Chico, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Kinesiology. At Chico State she was a member of Envy Hip Hop, Full Force Hip Hop Competition team and CSU Chico Cheer team.

    Did you know? Taylor was an assistant teacher at a Lafayette preschool for one school year, making her our 3rd instructor with preschool experience. We <3 preschool teachers because holding boundaries with 3-4 year-olds is one of the best training grounds for teaching ANYONE!!