Dr. Linda H. James
Dr. James’ efforts to advance dance include her work as a dance educator, community volunteer and arts advocate. Linda James joined the dance faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) in Dallas, Texas in 1982 where she currently teaches Modern Dance and Ballet Technique, Repertory, Composition, Physical Education, Integration of the Arts and Portfolio. Dr. James and Estela Tejeda co-direct BTWHSPVA’s Repertory Dance Company II.
Before joining the dance faculty at BTWHSPVA, Dr. James was a member of the dance faculty at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and served as Assistant Director of the Virginia Dance Theatre.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bruce Wood Dance Project.
In 1998, 2001, and 2007, the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program and the U. S. Department of Education honored Dr. James as a Distinguished Teacher through the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts youngARTS program. Students who have trained with Dr. James have been recognized through youngARTS, Texas Young Masters through the Texas Commission for the Arts, and NAACP ACT-SO. Numerous former students have pursued professional careers as dance and musical theater performers, artistic directors, dance educators, song writers and arts administrators.
In 2005, Dr. James was named a National Endowment of the Arts/Arts in Journalism Fellow for her work as editor of the Dance Council of North Texas’ quarterly publication--DANCE! North Texas. In 2003, Dr. James, was one of two dance educators in the country to receive a Surdna Fellowship, a national initiative to support the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in specialized, public arts high schools. The Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance named her Dance Educator of the Year in 1993.
For twenty years, Dr. James served as founder and co-planner for the Dance Council of North Texas’ Dance Planet. The two-day festival presented over 90 dance companies of all idioms to an annual audience of 3,000. For twenty-five years, she served as Editor of the Dance! North Texas, a publication that reaches over 13,000 readers with an interest in dance in North Texas.
In the mid-nineties, Dr. James collaborated with Dance Umbrella/Austin, the Dance Council, and the San Antonio Dance Umbrella to jointly plan two state-wide dance conferences, the second of which was co-presented by the Texas Commission on the Arts. During her 35 years of service to the Dance Council of North Texas, Dr. James held the offices of Chair of the Board, President, Vice-President, and Secretary, as well as numerous committee assignments. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Congress on Research in Dance, and on the Executive Board of the Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education.
In 2002, her choreography–Le saut des amants–was selected and presented at the Dallas Morning News Dance Festival for an audience of 6,000. Dr. James is a founding member of the BTWHSPVA Faculty Ensemble. She has performed throughout Virginia and Texas in works by Michael Kelly Bruce, James Clouser, Martha Curtis, Lynda Davis, Nada Diachenko, Frank Holder, John Mead, Luis Montero, Bridget Moore, Kenneth Rinker, Yacov Sharir, Holly Williams, and Tibor Zana.
She has lectured before the CORPS de Ballet International, the National Dance Association, the Society of American Archivists and the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD).
Linda H. James holds a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman's University where she completed her dissertation—Portrait of a Dance Historian: Archival Cataloging of the Juana de Laban Dance Collection in 1992. She received BA (cum laude) and MA degrees in Dance from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.