James Robey, MFA
Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Dance
Dance-artist, educator, and movement theorist James Robey is author of Beginning Jazz Dance and Robey Jazz Dance Technique and Syllabus™, co-creator of Integral Technique™, and received the 2015 Wilma and Roswell Messing Jr. Faculty Award from Webster University where he currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance.
As a performer, James danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company in New York City where he was privileged to perform in productions with many wonderful artists, including Placido Domingo, conductor James Levine, and choreographers Robert LaFosse and Graeme Murphy. He also danced for 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 dance maker, James was Founding Artistic Director for the Bare Bones Dance Project in New York City and James Robey Dance in Connecticut. In addition, he has choreographed for Connecticut Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, CelloPointe, Full Force Dance Theatre, Ohio Dance Theatre, MADCO, Zig Zag Ballet, 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 has been 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 has 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, 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 has also served as Director of the Modern and Jazz programs at Eastern Connecticut Ballet; directed the dance program at Western Reserve Academy; Director of Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance for over 10 years; 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 the 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 St. Louis, MO with his wife Melissa, son Jakobi, bulldog Buddha and writes for his blog, Mindful Dancer.