Justine Menter is a passionate, high-energy dance teacher whose classes are both fun and challenging. They can range in style from sassy jazz, to emotional contemporary, to hard-hitting hip hop. Justine’s biggest goal is building strong performers, not just technicians: she wants the audience to feel her student’s work. While teaching, she is able to instill a love for dance in her students, while still emphasizing discipline and hard work.
She has taught internationally in South Africa, Singapore, Mexico and continues to teach master classes and set choreography all across the U.S. She is a faculty member at the American Musical & Dramatic Arts (AMDA) college and conservatory, as well as at International Dance Academy of Hollywood, conventions Turn It Up! and SouldeSoul, and pre-professional summer programs Be Discovered, The Hollywood Summer Tour and LA Dance Dream. Not only does Justine make an impact with teaching dance, but she also choreographs in the entertainment industry, working with well-known names like Kim Kardashian, LMFAO & America’s Got Talent.
She also runs her own dance entertainment company, based in Hollywood, Flirt Dancers. You can find her currently traveling the world teaching her classes, working with up and coming country artist Abi Ann, and producing Flirt’s next show. To view Justine’s work, check out her website at justinementer.com.
Eric Jenkins was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland. After he received his Bachelors of Arts degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County, he moved to New York in 1995. Working closely with the New York Knicks and New York LIberty he has choreographed numerous routines for the Knick City Dancers, Knick City Kids, Liberty Torch Patrol, and Lil’ Torches.
He then became the assistant choreographer for the 2001 NBA All-STAR games held in his hometown of Washington D.C. While working for the NBA/WNBA he began dancing for and with BDC’s own Darrin Henson. Since then he has danced and choreographed for a number of artists such as Kristine W., Funky Green Dogs, and Kim English to name a few.
He has choreographed for the Sony recording artists React as well as developing artists Back to Back(Top Shelf/Light Year Entertainment). He has also choreographed Tommy Boys recording artist Amber 2003 Naked Summer Tour in addition to dancing for mainstream artists like Brandy, Missy Elliott, and Ricky Martin. Eric has been part of the small screen (Double Platinum and 30 Rock) as well as the big screen “(Marci X,” “Preaching to the Choir,” and “I Am Legend”) In addition to teaching at BDC he is also traveling the world sharing his gifts and talents.
Edvin Mota was born in Mexico and began his studies at the National School of Dance of Mexico. He was awarded a scholarship from the School of American Ballet in New York to finish his studies in the special men class of Stanley Williams.
In 1985 he won the professional prize at the Prix de Lausanne.
He became a member of the Royal Ballet of Flanders where he was promoted to first soloist. He was invited to join London City Ballet and after one season was offered a contract with the Birmingham Royal Ballet former Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet as first soloist.
He then move to Germany to work with the Staatsoper Hannover and later as guest soloist with the Komische Oper Berlin; He was guest on several occasions in the National Ballet of Mexico.
Edwin Mota’s repertoire included, the prince in The Nutcracker, Albrecht in Giselle, the prince and Bluebird in the Sleeping Beauty, Benno in Swanlake, Puck in The Dream, Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, James in La Sylphide, Basilio in Nureyev’s Don Quichote, the lead in Theme and Variations, Symphony in Three Movements, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and other Balanchine pieces, and lead roles in works from F. Ashton, A. Bournonville, J. Cranko, J. Kylian, A. Tudor, K. McMillian, P. Wright, D. Bintley amongst others.
In 1999 he worked as a Ballet master at the Ballet of Zaragoza in Spain.
He has taught for: National Ballet of Mexico, London City Ballet, Pretty ugly tanz Köln, Amanda Miller, Deborah Colker Company in Brazil, Ballet de Zaragoza, Staatstheater Nürnberg, FriedrichstadtPalast in Berlin, ARCHITANZ in Tokyo, Neuer Tanz Company Tanzprobebühne Marameo in Berlin, Tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, Barbora Greiner project Ballettzentrum in Berlin and others…