Being born and growing up in Los Angeles, Jim is a true Hollywood kid. He has worked in Los
Angeles as a performer (actor and dancer), choreographer, educator and mentor for over a decade. A
former Hollywood High School Performing Arts Center alumni (graduates include comedy legend
Carol Burnett, singer Brandy and the late John Ritter) and Joe Tremaine Dance Center Scholarship
student, Jim wishes to bring integrity and passion to the art form he loves most. He has trained
extensively with dance masters such as Joe Tremaine, Jackie Sleight, Doug Caldwell, Jim Taylor,
Chebar Williams, Joaquin Escamilla, Salle Whalen (2003 American Choreography Awards Educator
Award) and 3 time Emmy Award® winning choreographer Marguerite Derricks.
His comedic style and knack for making students understand quickly has established him as a highly
sought after teacher in the Los Angeles area and throughout the United States to instruct private
workshops and teach on conventions and competitions. A firm believer in strong, classical technique
mixed with current trends and styles, he was seen teaching on guest, substitute or permanent faculty
at over 12 different studios across southern California and judging for over 20 dance competitions
nation wide! Recently Jim was asked to fill a position on the Dance Spirit Magazines Advisory Board
for there 2007-08 magazine year!
Jim is now National Director with one of the oldest and most respected entertainment agencies in
Hollywood, DDO Artists Agency. Established in 1969, DDO’s Dance Department represents a wide
variety of LA’s best established and up-and-coming dancers for Film, Television, Commercials, Music
Videos and Live Stage. With 5 locations nation wide in Hollywood, New York City, Miami, Las Vegas
and Nashville and a shared experience of over 40 years, DDO has risen to become one of the top 4
dance and commercial divisions in the country.
Who I'd like to meet:
Besides my late sister...I never got to know... Darlene. Someone who can make me smile and laugh. That's the most important. For me anyway. Listen....I don't care if your rich or poor......have a job or don't.....live with your parent or on your own.....what ever. If you're a good person and just want to live life until you can't anymore...and want to laugh about it on the way.....then your okay. I just want to live life, have fun while I'm hear and try ( I said TRY) not to make anyone wrong in the meantime. I figure I'm ether going to Heaven or Hell (on a slide!) but right now I'm here so that's that. If you have a question.....ASK. Don't speculate. That causes too much drama and I'm really done with that. I want to meet people who are level-headed and emotionally stable. People who don't live life as a double standard. "Okay for you and not for them." I don't care what you do....but if you're going to do it....than do it. Play "full-out "! Dance "full-out ". Life isn't meant to be "marked " or at least I don't want to. "The mind is a linearly arranged, multi-sensory, total record of successive moments of NOW......" If you know that one.....that's huge in my book. Tibetan Buddhist masters are not concerned with whom they should be even when they are drunk; they are who they are; but as far as the rest of us are concerned who we are is embarrassing so we usually pretend we are someone else. It is precisely that pretense, that mask that lies between us and our innate ability to express ourselves. Now don't get me wrong I ain't no monk! But as long as you keep all of that in mind then it'll be all right ;) Also...if you know you get psycho (and then tend to stay that way thereafter) after drinking a glass of cheap white wine...stay the hell away! I want to meet people who enjoy the same pastimes that I do -- such as stealing from the elderly and huffing glue with schoolchildren. And now that I really think about it...JESUS. Why? To ask him what he 'really' meant (which I believe isn't HALF of what is going on) and set the record straight. Everyone would be allot happier and nicer and there would finally be a place for EVERYONE!