“My dance teacher said to me that the closest a human being will ever come to flying unaided is ballet,” says James Cunningham, who was born on an Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Cunningham trained at the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet School and gained early acceptance to the dance division at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music his junior year of high school. Cunningham missed his high school graduation because he was performing a piece choreographed by Victoria Morgan as part of a showcase for CCM. He we went on to join Cincinnati Ballet Second Company as a Trainee in 2008 and worked his way up into the company. Cunningham’s world premiere piece, Seven, was featured in Cincinnati Ballet’s 2015 Inaugural Choreography Workshop, performed by members of the Second Company.

James performed with Tepsicorps Theatre of Dance for their 2016 Season.