Justin Flores is a former professional dancer, with a 25-year performance career. He performed as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and has been featured in productions for PBS’ Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center. He had the honor of touring as an artistic ambassador for the United States and giving performances in Germany, Poland, Belarus, and The Russian Federation. He is company instructor and acupuncturist for the California Ballet and heads the men’s training program at the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet. His private practice is primarily orthopedic acupuncture, with a focus on dance injuries and neuromuscular reeducation. Acupuncture salvaged his dance career after multiple surgeries on his ankles, which is the primary reason he practices today.