James received his BA in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. While in school he had the opportunity to perform works by Doug Varone, Trey McIntyre, and Kevin Iega Jeff.
He furthered his studies at Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and Springboard Danse Montreal. After graduation, James worked with Pittsburgh-based companies Reed Dance, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and Attack Theatre. In 2014 he joined Visceral Dance Chicago where he performed works by Ohad Naharin, Fernando Melo, Marguerite Donlon, and Banning Bouldin.
James joined New Dialect in August 2016.