James Robey | Webster University

James W. Robey, MFA

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Dance

James RobeyJames W. Robey is author of Beginning Jazz Dance and Robey Jazz Dance Technique and Curriculum™, and received the 2015 Wilma and Roswell Messing Jr. Faculty Award from Webster University where he currently serves as Associate Professor of Dance, Chair of the Department of Dance, on the board of the Webster Center for Creativity and Innovation (Geneva, Switzerland), and is a 2017 graduate of the Global Leadership Academy. James received a BFA in Dance (Magna cum laude) from the University of Akron and an MFA in Dance (Phi Kappa Phi) from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.

James is a former professional dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company in New York City, Connecticut Ballet, GroundWorks Dance Theater, New York Dance Theater, Off Center Dance Theater, Ohio Dance Theater, Covenant Ballet Theater of Brooklyn, Cleveland Opera, Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Busch Gardens.

As a choreographer, James was Founding Artistic Director for the Bare Bones Dance Project in New York City and James Robey Dance in Connecticut and has created works for Connecticut Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, CelloPointe, Full Force Dance Theatre, Ohio Dance Theatre, MADCO, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra's productions of Histoire du Soldat and Dances from Gloriana, SKIP Entertainment Company in Guam, numerous festivals throughout the United States and Italy, and for several universities.

As an educator, he was a faculty member at The Hartt School/University of Hartford, University of Akron, Long Island High School for Performing Arts, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Manhattan Motion Dance Studios, Broadway Dance Center, The Dance Institute, Western Reserve Academy, and Ohio Dance Theatre. He presented guest artist workshops, master classes, or residencies at Yale University, Wellesley College, Purdue University, Mahidol University in Thailand, Patravadi School in Thailand, Centre Stage School of the Arts in Singapore, Artists in Motion Network in Canada, American College Dance Association regional conferences, Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Houston High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, National High School Dance Festivals, The Big Muddy Dance Company, MADCO, Synthesis Dance Project in NYC, and COCA in St. Louis.

James is on the national board of directors for the American College Dance Association; a member of the National Dance Education Organization; a member of National Association of Schools of Dance; and on the Advisory Committee for the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. James also served as Director of the Modern and Jazz programs at Eastern Connecticut Ballet; Director of the dance program at Western Reserve Academy; Director of Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance for over 10 years; and as a member of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Committee of the Connecticut Dance Alliance; Connecticut Ballet's Danbury Dance Initiative Task Force; the creative team behind the Young Choreographer's Festival in Stamford, CT; and the Advisory Board for Ridgefield Music & Arts Center.

He has presented papers and workshops at Henley Business School at Reading University, Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, National Dance Education Organization's National Conferences, Hawaii University International Conferences on Art and Humanities, Advancing Creative Thinking: Imagination to Innovation, American College Dance Association conferences, California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Fontbonne University, and for Transmodern: Integrating the Art and Science of Movement at the University of Milwaukee, WI.

James current research interest involves exploring Integral Movement Theory as a synthesis of contemplative and somatic theories, Integral Theory, and the theatrical, western dance tradition. Research activities include applying and synthesizing Integral Theory to dance education (technique & pedagogy), dance making, and dance philosophy. He lives in Webster Groves, MO with his wife Melissa and shares thoughts on his blog, Mindful Dancer.