James Felton II (Mr. Jimmy) graduated from Western Michigan University in 2021 where he earned his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography (Cum Laude). Originally from Lapeer, Mi, James began his training in 2005 with Sandra Brewer and Kathleen Slezak at Dance Connection before later joining the Flint Youth Ballet. In highschool and college, James has attended summer intensives on full scholarship with Flint School of Performing Arts, Grand Rapids Ballet, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, and Collage Dance Collective. While at Western, James was grateful to participate in workshops with The Balanchine Trust, Giordano Dance Chicago, Paul Taylor II, Yin Yue Dance Company, Peridance NY, and DanceWorks Chicago. While in college, James worked professionally as a performer/choreographer with the project based Chamberlain Dance Company and as a Guest Artist with various Michigan-based ballet studios. James is also grateful to have worked professionally under mentor, Seyong Kim, in original works at Michigan Dance Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, Chicago International Dance Festival, and Contemporary Dance Competition Festival in Orlando. James has had the pleasure in performing works by Bob Fosse, Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Durante Verzola, Stephanie Datellas, Jennifer Archibald, Darrel Moultrie, Mike Esperanza, Jackie Nowicki, Seyong Kim, Monique Haley, Elizabeth Phillippi, and David Curwen. Since 2015, James has been teaching various styles of dance throughout Michigan in both commercial and nonprofit settings. James is very eager to share his love of movement as a Company Artist and Instructor for Ballet QuadCities and The BQC School of Dance for the 2022-2023 season!