James Shannon

About James

Originally from Canberra, James is a Melbourne-based dancer who has toured and performed for Chunky Move in Mortal Engine (2008), Black Marrow (2009) and Assembly (2011).

James has worked with a wide range of artists including Raewyn Hill, Fiona Reilly, Shaun Parker, Anna Smith, Natalie Cursio, Natalie Weir and Kate Denborough, touring nationally and internationally. He has also performed in Opera Australia’s Bliss, Lucy Guerin Inc’s Untrained and Human Interest Story. He recently collaborated on Lucy’s new work Weather. James is a recipient of the Tasmanian Minister of Youth Arts Award for Professional development, and also the Cultural Development Grant. He is currently working on King Roger with Opera Australia.  

James graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006 and in 2016 graduated from Victoria University with a Diploma of Education (secondary school).

Class with James

My beginner’s class aims at giving dancers a chance to experience dance in a class structure by learning choreography whilst moving through space and on the floor. This energetic class also focuses on the basic fundamental techniques that make up contemporary dance.

I draw influences from many physical areas to cater to all beginner dancers. I encourage everyone to try everything and keep building on ideas, phrases, and exercises each week. It’s a fun, exciting class in a friendly environment that is perfect for first time dancers or trained dancers alike.