Certified Dance Teacher
Ballet, Repertoire, Variations, Pointe, Character, Lyrical Jazz.
Born in Lyon, she began dancing at the age of 3 under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Jurrjens, former dancers of the Royal Theater of La Monnaie, and the Ballets of the twentieth century, under the leadership of world renowned choreographers and teachers such as Maurice Béjart and Asaf Messerer. She then studied for five years at the Conservatoire de Lyon.
When she was only 14, she was awarded a scholarship at the Rock School for Dance Education and moved Philadelphia, PA, United States. During her four years of study at the Rock School for Dance Education, under the direction of Bojan and Stephanie Spassoff, former dancers of the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, San Fransisco Ballet, and Royal Ballet of Denmark, she received some of the highest level professional ballet training.
After graduating, she joined BalletFleming, where she danced under the direction of Christopher Fleming, former soloist of the New York City Ballet. She also has danced as a guest during many galas in France and the United States.
During her years in the United States, she had the opportunity to dance a very varied repertoire, including, among others, the great classical ballets, original neo-classical and contemporary creations, and many George Balanchine ballets. She trained under world renowned teachers, coaches, and dancers, including: Mariaelena Ruiz, Justin Allen, Natalya Zeiger (Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow), Eva Szabo (Hungarian National Ballet), Jody Anderson (Alvin Ailey Company) , Kansas City Ballet), Jennifer Wheat, Misty Copeland (Principal, American Ballet Theater), Daniel Ulbricht (Principal, New York City Ballet), Joaquin DeLuz (Principal, New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, Director Compania National of Danza, Spain), as well as the great Violette Verdy (New York City Ballet).
She received her State Diploma for Classical Ballet Teaching in 2019, following a curriculum that included studies in Anatomy, Physiology, Child Pedagogy and Development, Adult Pedagogy, Music, and Dance History.
Her style of ballet teaching is marked by a mixture of elements from French, Balanchine, Vaganova, methods and techniques, as well as a particular attention to musicality and artistry.
She also shares her expertise in private lessons, and coaching sessions for preparation for dance competitions, that have already led young dancers to many medals and awards.
In addition to classical dance lessons, pointe, and repertoire for children and adults, from beginner to professional, she teaches Lyrical Jazz and Character Dance for which she has been trained throughout her career.
Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical Jazz, Acro / Dance, Broadway, Pas de deux (Partnering).
Born in Jacksonville, FL in the United States, James Floyd began gymnastics at the Barbara Thompson School of Dance at age 3, then became interested in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Musical Theatre. At the age of 15, he received a scholarship from the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, PA, where he continued his professional studies in classical ballet and contemporary dance.
During his four years at the Rock School, he was taught by many renowned dancers and teachers including: Bojan & Stephanie Wolf Spassoff of the American Ballet Theater, Mariaelena Ruiz of the Ballet Nacional de Caracas, Natalya Zeiger of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Eva Szabo of the Hungarian National Ballet and Gyori Ballet, Sebastien Riou of the Bordeaux National Opera. Violette Verdy, Daniel Ulbricht, Lauren Lovett, Joaquin de Luz from the New York City Ballet, Misty Copeland, Paloma Herrera, Raymond Lukens, Gennadi Saveliev, Karin Ellis Wentz from the American Ballet Theater, Françoise Legree and Andrey Klemm from the National Opera from Paris.
James had additional experience in numerous schools and companies around the world. In 2011, he studied at Ballet Austin Texas under the direction of Stephen Mills, and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle under the direction of Peter Boal. In 2012, he studied at the Bolshoi Academy Summer Intensive in New York City, under the direction of Valery Anisimov, Svetlana Ivanova, and Ilya Ryzhakov. In 2013, he studied in Moscow, Russia, at the Bolshoi Ballet School under the direction of Marina Leonova, and Ilya Kuznetsov. In 2014, he studied at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, under the direction of Anna Resnik & Alexei Kremnev of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, as well as Ashley Wheater of the Royal Ballet.
James later joined the Studio Company of Joffrey Ballet in Chicago where
he danced in company productions of George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, coached by Edward Villela of the New York City Ballet, Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake of the Royal Ballet, and the Nutcracker by Robert Joffrey. James then joined The Dayton Ballet, the second oldest company in the United States in 2015. Under the direction of Karen Burke, he danced soloist/principal roles including The Nutcracker, Fluctuating Hemlines by Septime Weber Washington Ballet, Confetti Gerald Arpino, and contemporary works. He is a winner of major international competitions including the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), and the World Ballet Competition (WBC).