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!