James Kinney, a Florida native, began his classical training with The Florida Ballet, later melding his studies into Jazz and Musical Theater.
Broadway credits include: Fosse, Dance of Death, Barry Manilow’s Harmony, and the most recent revival of Sweet Charity, starring Christina Applegate, where he served as Assistant Dance Captain. He continued preserving the “Fosse style” when he became the Dance Captain for choreographer Wayne Cilento’s First National Tour of Sweet Charity, starring Molly Ringwald. Film/Television appearances include: The Producers, The Dave Chappell Show, Fosse, Good Morning America, and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Tours and regional productions: A Chorus Line, Chicago, Cabaret, West Side Story, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
James' inventive choreographic work began taking the stage in such productions as the Jekyll and Hyde European Premier, La Cage Aux Folles, Chance and Chemistry, Nothing Like a Dame, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He followed by creating a three-piece suite, named March, which premiered at Lincoln Center, followed by The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. March was commissioned by the renowned New Jersey Ballet to be a part of their 50th Anniversary season.
James, alongside Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, created the dynamic movement for The Hollywood Bowl's Guys and Dolls, starring Jessica Biel. The duo would also choreograph Cross That River, premiering at the New York Musical Festival. Further choreographic and directorial credits: I Do, I Do! at the Old Globe, Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers, Chicago, West Side Story, White Christmas, Crazy for You, Seussical the Musical, as well as countless other productions around the U.S.
James has become a highly sought-after director/choreographer/producer and creative consultant for live events around the country, most notably, working in the world of fashion for Hermès of Paris. His work can be seen on stages and television screens around the country, and he has become known as a vital asset in creating new and innovative movement for musical theatre, concert dance, film/television, and live events, all while staying uniquely true to his artistic vision of smart, meaningful movement, oozing with style.