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James trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance gaining a BA (Hons) in contemporary dance. During his training he has worked with artists including Kerry Nicholls, Lizzi Kew Ross, Gary Lambert and Rika Okamoto. He has performance experience working on a collaborative project with East London Dance/Royal Opera House. James is excited to be joining EDge and looking forward to dancing with and learning from a diverse range of dancers and choreographers. 

When or how did you catch the dance bug?

  • I first became interested in dance from experiencing movement sessions through a drama school. I then found my passion studying A Level dance alongside training in ballet at Brenda Goddard School of Dance.

What was the first piece of live dance you watched?

  • I think the first piece of live dance I watched was Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at The Lowry Manchester. 

How do you deal with your nerves before going on stage?

  • I usually run through the piece in my head before going on stage which allows me to feel confident in what I am doing. I focus on warming up the body fully and concentrate on my breathing to calm and prepare myself.

Have you had any particularly memorable performing experiences?

  • One of my most memorable performing experiences was dancing as part of a duet at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House. This was the result of an intensive collaborative project with emerging artists. It was particularly memorable as a film was created of the duet set around Covent Garden and we rehearsed in the Royal Ballet studios.

What do you enjoy/what do you find interesting about teaching dance to others?

  • I enjoy witnessing the progression and understanding of movement when teaching dance to others. I am looking forward to gaining further teaching experience from the Edge workshops that we will run on tour.

What do you keep in your dance bag?

  • In my dance bag I have my stretching band and spikey ball. I use these on a daily basis to keep my muscles stretched and relaxed after rehearsals and performance. What kind of snacks do you eat to keep you going through the day? I have a variety of snacks through the day including fruit and cereal bars.

If you were not a dancer what do you think you might be doing?

  • If I wasn't dancing or in the dance field I would have worked with animals, perhaps an RSPCA officer. 

I'm surprisingly bad at...

  • ...cooking! I don't bother to read the recipe properly!

I'm surprisingly good at...

  • ...horse riding. I did this as a child and loved it!

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