Raised in Ipswich, James started dancing at the Linda Shipton school of Dance and went on to train full-time at the Royal Ballet School, graduating from Central School of Ballet in 2006 with a BA (hons) degree in Professional Dance. After joining Northern Ballet that same year he went on to work with Peter Schaufuss Ballet in Denmark and Theatre Ulm in Germany.
In 2013 James returned to the UK to join Richard Alston Dance Company (RADC). Since then he has toured extensively in Europe and the USA performing in a wide variety of work by Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. In 2019 he also performed the role of interim Rehearsal Director for RADC.
James is currently a lecturer in Cunningham Technique at Middlesex University and also teaches regularly at The Place for Dance in London alongside his role as CAT tutor in Ipswich. He has also served as a board member for ‘Bodies in Action’ Dance company since 2021, contributing to their creative output.
In 2017, James created ‘Symbiotic’ for the Resolution Dance festival and since 2018 has choreographed numerous works for ‘Multiphonic Arts’ performances at the Asylum Chapel in Peckham.