James Wallace is a regionally and nationally acclaimed choreographer, originally from Hutchinson, Kan. He began his training at Friends University, and continued at Arizona State University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance performance and choreography. He has danced professionally for the San Diego Opera, Kim Robards Dance, David Taylor Dance Theatre, City Ballet of San Diego, and Company C Contemporary Ballet of San Francisco and has danced in works by Twyla Tharp, Lynn Taylor-Corbet, Tom Ruud, Charles Moulton, Patrick Corbin, Paul Taylor, and George Balanchine. While apprenticing at Colorado Ballet, he choreographed two major works, Carmina Burana and Inversion, which received excellent reviews. He was choreographer in residence and artistic director for David Taylor Dance Theatre, and has created works for American National Ballet, Boulder Ballet, Ballet Nouveau Colorado (now Wonderbound), and Dawson|Wallace Dance Project where he was also artistic director. The Ballet Builders award for new choreography was given to James by New Choreographers on Point and his piece, Suspect Lines, received a New York City premiere. Mr. Wallace was cast in the role of artistic director and appeared in the MTV series "Made." He has also worked with Boulder Ballet as a resident choreographer, company class teacher, and coach, and was appointed as a Denver city commissioner by Mayor Michael Hancock and served two years on the Commission on Cultural Affairs. He was a visiting instructor of dance at Colorado Mesa University and is currently enjoying his role as instructor of dance at CSU. Mr. Wallace has been lauded as a “daring and original dancemaker” (Marc Shulgold, Rocky Mountain News), and his choreography has been described as “vibrant, innovative and richly diverse – one of the brightest new choreographers on the horizon” (Glenn Giffin, The Denver Post).