Crossmen welcome Michael James; 2017 Color Guard Instructional Team Announced
The Crossmen organization recently announced the instructional team & choreographers for the Color Guard caption, welcoming renowned choreographer Michael James for the 2017 season!
In addition, Tyler Edrington will return for his fourth season as the Color Guard Caption Head, along with many familiar faces from 2016. "We continue to be so impressed with the team of educators and designers that Tyler attracts to the organization," said Fred Morrison, Executive Director. "Adding Michael James into the mix is a huge step forward for a Color Guard program that has seen such great success in the last few seasons. Welcome Michael!"
The Crossmen have four 2017 eXperience camp & audition locations: Dallas | San Antonio | Houston | Dayton - register today! crossmen.org/membership
2017 Color Guard Instructional Team (To read bios, click HERE):
Tyler Edrington Molly Favret Michael James Sheldon Apo Darren Mickens Allison Mayer Chris Cook Hannah Griffore Jeleesa Levy Lin Daffron Patrick Barthelmess Robert Gallegos Whitney Stone Rich Kim James Smith About Michael James, Choreographer
Michael James, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, graduated from the University of South Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Dance Performance. After college, he performed in the American Stage Company's "Shakespeare in the Park" Series for five seasons, as well as danced and choreographed for the Children's Theater Tour.
Michael was a scholarship student at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, Massachusetts, where he studied under Linda Kent and Carolyn Adams. He also danced with The Men Dancers of Jacob's Pillow International Touring Company, which allowed him to dance and teach in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition, he was a member of The Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah.
As a color guard designer and choreographer, Michael has worked with Cypress Creek HS, Seminole HS, Tarpon Springs HS, Union HS (OK) Timber Creek HS, Freedom HS, Father Ryan HS (TN), Dobyns Bennett HS (TN), John Overton HS (TN), The Company Winter Colour Guard, Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), Miamisburg HS (OH), Pope HS (GA), Center Grove HS (IN), U.S.F. Winter Guard, and Northmont HS (OH). He is also on staff with the Santa Clara Vanguard and Carolina Crown. He previously has worked with the Phantom Regiment, The Cavaliers, and the Mandarins.
Michael's choreography has also been viewed at Pleasure Island with the Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers, University of Central Florida's Starlet Knights Danceline, University of South Florida's Herd of Thunder Marching Band and winterguard, 1999's Orlando Fringe Festival, and numerous other high schools and colleges around the country
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