After graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, James undertook a graduate apprenticeship with Hofesh Shechter Company, performing Uprising / In your rooms as part of the Company’s UK and European tours. James was then invited to join Carte Blanche, the national company of Norway, and during that time performed works by Club Guy and Roni, La Intrusa Danza, Hofesh Shechter and Kristin & Yoshi Inao.
James rejoined Hofesh Shechter from 2010, performing Uprising / In your rooms and Political Mother until May 2013.
Since then James has worked with Olivier Dubois, performing Tragedie and from September 2013 to July 2014 performed in Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable. James is currently touring the UK with Gary Clarke Company's production COAL.
In 2011 James created the solo Patriot, that premiered at Cloud Dance Festival London. Since then it has been performed in various places including The Actors Church Covent Garden, Karlovac Dance Festival Croatia, and ACT Festival Bilbao (Spain) where it was awarded ‘Best Choreographic Direction.’
In 2012 James choreographed The Age as part of ‘In Good Company’ and was taken on a mini-tour of the South East (The Robin Howard Theatre, Brighton Dome, The Point Eastleigh and Pavilion Dance Bournemouth.) This was produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and supported by The Jerwood Foundation, Brighton Dome and South East Dance.
In January 2014 James presented his new work Oh | Glory as part of Resolution! 2014. The research and creation periods were supported by Exeter Northcott Theatre, Dance in Devon and Roehampton Unversity. It was met with very favourable reviews.
In 2017/2018 James will be developing his new work TERRA, which has been commissioned by The Place & The Point, Eastleigh.