James Healey is a native of Grants Pass, Ore. He became a founding member of Shen Wei Dance Arts (New York) in 2000 and served as the company’s rehearsal director until 2008. During his 10-year tenure with Shen Wei Dance Arts as lead dancer, teaching artist, and rehearsal director, James experienced the creation and refinement of Shen Wei’s “natural body development technique” and was among the original cast for many of Shen Wei’s groundbreaking works, including Near the Terrace, Rite of Spring, and Connect Transfer.
In addition to periodically joining Shen Wei Dance Arts for special engagements, James also teaches, choreographs, and dances as an independent artist. Recent engagements have included dance faculty Governor's School of North Carolina (2008-2010 & 2012-2013), guest artist at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, guest artist at Rutgers (Mason Gross School of the Arts), and guest choreographer at Pacific University. Before working for Shen Wei Dance Arts, James performed in Imagine at the Luxor on the Las Vegas Strip and with Malashock Dance in San Diego, California. James holds a BA from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas.