Photos by Jeff Cravotta

James Cleary

Hometown: Lawrenceville, NJ
Dancing Since: Age 17
Seasons with North Carolina Dance Theatre: 1
Favorite Ballet: Swan Lake
Favorite thing to eat in Charlotte: Pewter Rose’s bananas foster French toast
If he weren’t dancing he’d be: A voice actor

A native of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, James began his dance training at the age of 17 under the tutelage of Derrick Wilder, while attending The Lawrenceville School, a boarding school in central New Jersey. He later trained with the American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School, the University of Michigan and, finally, Butler University where he earned his BFA in Dance Performance on tuition scholarship and was fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform in many classical and contemporary works. He has attended summer programs at Kaatsbaan, North Carolina Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and Orlando Ballet School. James is excited to be joining North Carolina Dance Theatre 2 and wants to thank his family in friends for their love and support.