James Vessell

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. He also studied at Joffrey Ballet Concert Group in New York City and attended Joffrey Ballet School on full scholarship. James attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theatre and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. 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.


Dr. Gayle Minard