Date of Birth: 9/8/1994
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Country: United States
Awards: 3rd Place in Senior Men Classical at Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals Philadelphia, PA (2014) See more
James was brought up with a very supportive, and loving family of Jack & Lela Floyd in the northeastern sunshine state of Florida!
He always enjoyed dancing just because of his pure enjoyment. James’ sister Emily Iva Floyd also a dancer, photographer, and choreographer has always guided him to many of his achievements. The Barbara Thompson School of Dance a local dance school in northern Jacksonville, Florida initiated James’ main dance training at age of 3 years old.
James’ interest was not originally in Classical ballet to begin with. He studied many different styles of dance while he was living in Jacksonville, Florida including gymnastics/acro, modern, character, jazz, contemporary, and classical ballet. By the age of 13 James had attended a performance of the production Romeo & Juliet by American Ballet Theatre Company at Lincoln Center.
Soon thereafter he was able to develop a more technical, and artistic understanding of Classical ballet. He says, “He was completely entranced by the grace, strength, and beauty the male dancers/characters portrayed as well as how well the story ballet could be understood so clear by movement without words.”
His classical ballet training did not begin intensely until the age of 15 after competing in Youth American Grand Prix finals in New York City 2010. Jams furthered his study of classical ballet & contemporary dance training on Scholarship with The Rock School for Dance Education a pre-professional year round study September 2010 through June 2014.
Later James joined The Joffrey Ballet Chicago for the 2014-2015 season as a Studio Company member. Currently he is now dancing for the second oldest ballet company in America, The Dayton Ballet. He has attended summers on full Scholarship with The Rock School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Austin, The Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and The Bolshoi Ballet Academy summer intensive in New York City & in Moscow, Russia.
- 2nd place in Pas de duex at Youth America Grand Prix Semi-finals Philadelphia, PA (2014)
- 3rd place ensemble category (2014)
- Qualified & competed at The World Ballet Competition (2014)
- 1st place in Pas de duex at Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals Philadelphia, PA (2013)
- The Rock School for Dance Education Student of the Year (graduation 2013)
- Full Scholarship to The Joffrey Ballet Chicago International summer program
- Full Scholarship to Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow (Summer Intensive 2013)
- Partial Scholarship to Bolshoi Ballet Academy in NYC (Summer intensive 2012)
- Full Scholarship to Pacific Northwest Ballet (Summer Intensive 2011)
- Full Scholarship to Ballet Austin (Summer Intensive 2011)
- Full Scholarship to The Rock School for Dance Education (Summer Intensive 2010)
- Partial Scholarship to The Washington Ballet (summer Intensive 2010)
First thing that comes to mind when you say “CAPEZIO”
Traditional stylish dancewear of simplicity, and necessity!
Favorite “CAPEZIO” item
The male quilted dance belt
Advice to other dancers…
Stay true to your heart, soul, and who you are as an individual, don’t let any obstacle stand in the path of your success as an artist, allow your imagination to speak out in your movement, and smile fearlessly at your dreams with your head held strong.
Unusual fact/love/habit/goal/ability that other people might not know about…
“I own the most adorable brown & white Chihuahua you will ever meet named Skipper.
I traveled to Moscow, Russia
Featured on America’s Got talent season 8 with The Rock Dance Project.
I have the most amazing sister Emily Iva Floyd, who Performs, Photographs and choreographs for ballet schools, and companies with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from The Florida State University,
I am secretly obsessed with writing my own poetry & drawing/ creating unusual images in a sketchbook
LOVE – Teaching/ Choreographing, community involvement with introductions to dance, being a model for photo shoots, Writing poetry, listening to my favorite artists Tyrone Wells James Morrison, Meeting/Connecting with new artists for interviews and photo shoots.
HABIT– Always talking about ballet, getting to class early, always watching ballet productions at home.
GOAL– My goal is to dance premier roles with every leading ballet company in America & Europe that I possibly can. I also would love to have guest performing opportunities with as many companies as I possibly can in America & Europe. I dream to see the world, and I wish for my dancing to lead me there!”