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James Vessell is from Baton Rouge, La., and joined Ballet Memphis in 2015. He studied dance at Wayne State University in Detroit as a Maggie Allesee Talent Scholar and studied at Joffrey Ballet Concert Group in New York City. James attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, both in New York. Favorite works include Brian McSween’s Pushin’ the Stone, Joshua L. Peugh’s The Sweet Boy Slide, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain, and Dwight Rhoden’s Hissy Fits.
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