Justin Reiter is friendly, energetic and highly motivated, as adroit and flexible of mind as he is of body. Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he didn’t start dance training until relatively late (16), then left home to pursue a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota and a life in dance, despite the doubts of those closest to him and, as with so many dancers, serious financial uncertainty.
But in Seattle, and with Whim W’Him, Justin appears to have found his true center. “Whim has the structure of formal company,” he notes, “but the possibilities and nuances of a project-based one. A balance of formal and grass roots.” Both supportive and cohesive, “It lights an artistic fire beneath my ass and makes a family security blanket.” He pauses, and smiles. “It’s home, that’s for sure.”
Justin reckons his own best characteristics to be “loving, giving and connecting—I try to practice those every day.” He delights in “giving things to people—back massages, holiday gifts,” whatever… He seems to have an innate talent, with a job, a teacher, a colleague, “to seeing connections and making them happen for people.”
Not surprisingly, Justin’s biggest challenge is “saying no, to others and myself, whether that means not spreading myself too thin or not eating an extra bedtime snack.”
“What motivates me,” Justin reports, “is love for the people surrounding me, who I work with.” Also: “A daily green smoothy