James Boyd, Choreographer / C.O.O.
James Boyd has been a part of the Athletes of Art since the inception of the company back in 2018. He has worn many hats working at UBT, but most notably as our resident choreographer and Chief Operating Officer.
James L. Boyd III is an artist who was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured and entertained the world with the knowledge of ten professional styles of dance under his belt. James is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in dance and choreography.
After graduating, he performed with Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen. James was also a guest artist with the hit dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the well-known show America’s Got Talent. While performing around the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, he shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti, and Rasta Thomas.
James strives to be successful in dance, business and on behalf of his community. He produced his first dance show for Northeast Florida in 2012 titled, “Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet.”
James’ passion for community most notably is demonstrated through his recently incorporated not-for-profit endeavor known as Art in Flight Inc. As founder and CEO, he activated its mission in 2016 and begun fundraising in addition to and outside the Cultural Council on behalf of arts agencies throughout Greater Jacksonville. Art in Flight’s mission is to enhance the development and sustainability of arts organizations in Northeast Florida, in order to educate our citizens, increase arts appreciation and support, foster an arts rich culture and, in turn, help grow Jacksonville into a nationally beloved, thought-leading city.
In addition to building Art in Flight, James is an international faculty member for the Manhattan Dance Project, a former artist in residence at Jacksonville University, a trustee level member of the JAX Chamber, currently serving two local arts boards including Players By The Sea and the JIA Arts Commission, and blessed to be a new faculty member for Troy University.
To quantify a full circle for the performing arts and opportunity, James Boyd is more than excited to announce his partnership as Chief Operating Officer with Joseph M. Gatti’s ballet company, United Ballet Theatre.