Hometown: Kent, OH
James Ihde began his ballet training at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron, where he studied for eight years. In 1993, he came to Philadelphia for a summer session at the Rock School for Dance Education. Upon completion, James was invited to join Pennsylvania Ballet as an apprentice for the 1993/1994 season. In 1995, he joined the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in September 2003.
During the 1996/1997 season, James received rave reviews for his featured role in Lar Lubovitch’s Waiting for the Sunrise. Since then, he has danced featured roles in several ballets, including John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Paul Taylor’s Company B, Jerome Robbins’ Interplay and In the Night, Lar Lubovitch’s Concert Six Twenty-Two, Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake (Von Rothbart, Czardas), William Forsythe’s In the middle, somewhat elevated, and the world premieres of Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella and Matthew Neenan’s Somnolence.
James’ principal roles consist of a challenging repertoire of works, including George Balanchine’s Agon, Jerome Robbins’ In G Major, William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite (Pas de Deux 1), Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land (Black Couple), Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy and After the Rain (Pas de Deux), along with title roles in George Balanchine’s Apollo and Ben Stevenson’s Dracula. James also originated a role in the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental.
In the course of James’ 23-year career, he has performed throughout the country, including California, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas, and internationally in Scotland and Portugal.