James Welsby

About James

James Welsby is a performer, choreographer and teacher with a decade of professional experience.

In 2008 James founded Phantom Limbs (winner “Best Dance” Melbourne Fringe 2013 and “Melbourne Festival Discovery Award”). He has performed for numerous companies (BRIEFS, Finucane and Smith, Buzz Dance Theatre, Opera Australia) and independent choreographers (Luke George, Nat Cursio, Martin Del Amo, and many more). James has choreographed for Club Swizzle, Sisters Grimm, Zoe Coombs Marr, and Lucy Guerin Inc, and has created several full-length shows under his own name. One of which, HEX, was performed in Next Wave Festival 2014, the International AIDS Conference 2014, and toured Australia in 2015 to Brisbane Powerhouse, PICA, RCC, PACT, and The Street.

A nominee for Artist of the Year at the 2014 Globe Awards, James’s work has also been recognised through awards received from ReelDance, Theatre Works, and Adelaide Fringe. James taught at Chunky Move for five years, and was mentored by choreographer Stephanie Lake through JUMP mentoring. His drag alter ego Valerie Hex has been seen touring the world with BRIEFS, Glory Box, and his own cabaret YUMMY, for which is founder and director. YUMMY has headlined presented numerous sold out events in festivals including Midsumma, Sydney Mardi Gras, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe, and Melbourne Music Week.

James graducated from the VCA School of Dance in 2007.

Class with James

I’m a passionate and adaptable teacher who embrace student centered learning. My classes engage with full body strength and safety release through a structured series of technical exercises. They emphasise inclusivity and physical challenge with meaningful feedback.