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WHO IS RHAPSODY JAMES?
Rhapsody James began her career as a choreographer after receiving her BFA Purchase College (NY). Born in Brooklyn, her first job was at Sony Music as an Executive Assistant, which planted the seed for her foray into the commercial dance industry. James quickly became a lead choreographer for the NBA New Jersey Nets Dance Team and a principal dancer in the acclaimed, Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See music video by Busta Rhymes. Keeping up her flair for business and choreography, James parlayed those roles into appearances on the commercial dance world’s leading stages: MTV's TheGrind, VH-1 80's Dance Party, VH-1 Fashion Awards and Lip Service.
James’ accolades in the commercial world opened the door for her to begin teaching at Broadway Dance Center. Today, she continues to be one of the most popular hip-hop teachers and has stewarded relationships between the commercial and concert dance within the studio’s walls. James is also a part of the esteemed faculty of Monsters of Hip Hop Dance Convention and teaches master classes throughout Los Angeles, Miami, Japan, London, Finland,Switzerland, Germany, and Australia.
Her credits include: Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, J.Lo, Diddy- Dirty Money, Puff Daddy, Trey Songz, Kalenna, SEVYN, The Jonas Brothers, The Pussycat Dolls, The Spice Girls, Cassie, Jay Sean, Step Up 2: The Streets, Making The Band: Season 4, and commercials for the NY Lottery,Citron Car Company, and ESPN.
Not one to limit herself or the student’s and dancer’s she works with, James’ has several programs she continues to pursue artistic inspirations under. She is: the Artistic Director/ Choreographer of R.E.D. – Rhapsody En Dance; Director/Creator of a multimedia cabaret show Siren Assassins; and the Artistic Director of her Commercial Dance Training Program called Motivating Excellence.
All of these ventures allow James the creative outlet to continue pursuing her unique fusion of various dance styles with all disciplines of art, beyond performance.
RHAPSODY NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
Rhapsody James Choreographs for Janet Jackson
Vegas Residency: METAMORPHOSIS
Be sure to catch Rhapsody James choreography for Janet Jackson before it ends. You have until August 17th. Rhapsody had the pleasure of choreographing Trust A Try, Doesn't Really Matter, Control, What Have Done For Me Lately and Pleasure Principle.
Rhapsody Brings it Back to New York City with
IN THE HEIGHTS
Catch Rhapsody James dancing /acting next year in 2020 in the new feature film IN THE HEIGHTS. Directed by Jon Chu and Choreographed by Chris Scott.
The Ultimate Commercial Dance Training Program
is Back with Motivating Excellence - SEASON 8.
Rhapsody James, Nicco Annan and the M.E Faculty & Staff are in the zone with M.E Season 8.
24 Students nationwide and abroad have come to Los Angeles to train with Rhapsody James and her staff in the education of Commercial Dance Industry. Established in 2010 , over 150 dancers trained including today's top dancers in the industry, Motivating Excellence proves to be the ultimate Commercial Dance Training Program in the industry. We Train Hard, We Commit to the Process, We Value the Dance and We know .. The Gift is Nothing Without Work.
Creative videos choreographed and directed by Rhapsody James