James Kinney

In-Studio Masterclass




James Kinney is an award-winning director and choreographer of over 40 theatrical shows across the US, and is coming to Australia in March 2023 to hold dance filmmaking, open, and in-studio Broadway Jazz masterclasses in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Following a 10 year career as a dancer on Broadway, he made the switch to other side of the curtain. Most recently, Kinney has conceived, directed, and choreographed four short films currently garnering acclaim around the globe. With over 30 official selections including Cannes Indie Shorts Awards, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Inspired Dance Film Festival, New York International Film Festival, and Los Angeles Dance Shorts, his films Lady be Good”, Melancholy Man” and Anyone” have won Best Direction, Best Performance, Best Cinematography, Best Choreography and Best Dance Film, respectively. James has also created original cinematic pieces for BroadStream, a new online streaming platform.
With his roots in theatre and concert dance, Kinney has choreographed over 40 theatrical show across the US and was named BroadwayWorld’s Best Choreographer for several of these works. Kinney’s choreography has been seen on such iconic stages as The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, The Old Globe, The Kimmel Center and The Marquis, Minskoff, and New Amsterdam Theatres on Broadway as well at Netflix and Showtime.
As an educator, James is a Master teacher for The Verdon Fosse Legacy. Having been approved and appointed, he has been tasked with the preservation of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse’s choreographic works. This honour is one of the highlights of his career. James is a highly sought-after teacher of Jazz and Theater dance across the United States and in London for over 20 yrs, sharing his expertise at many institutions including Alvin Ailey, The Joffery School, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and NYU, to name a few.


(All masterclasses are recommended for advanced and intermediate students aged 15+)

Broadway  Jazz

In this 2 hour masterclass, James imparts a wealth of knowledge about the origins of Jazz, his vast experience as a Broadway dancer and choreographer, and what it takes to be a world-class performer. Each session will commence with a warm-up, across-the-floor combinations, hot Broadway Jazz choreography, and the chance to ask James questions in a short Q&A session.

Dance Filmmaking

James is a multi-award-winning dance filmmaker and is excited to share his expertise in creating stunning dance films. This is a great opportunity for new dance filmmakers to learn from a master, and existing filmmakers who want to expand their practice.

In this 2 hour masterclass, you will cover the following:

  • Inspiration: where does it come from
  • Input and Output: What’s coming in… what informs your creative ideas. 
  • Bringing an idea to fruition. 
  • Studio time: rehearsal using your Actors/Dancers to get what’s in your head out!
  • Creating a scene in the studio and transferring it to “set”.
  • Blocking the dancers. 
  • Blocking the camera. 
  • Leaving “room” to riff on set. Is there even time for that? 
  • Lighting! 
  • Atmosphere. 
  • Set Design. 
  • The story you shoot vs the story you edit. 
  • Is the story clear? Overshooting… 

*All masterclasses will conclude with a Q&A component if students wish to ask direct questions to get the most out of their experience. 

How to secure your Masterclass with James Kinney at your studio.

    1. Click the button below and fill out the In-Studio Booking Request Form to indicate your preferences for your In-Studio Masterclass. (Please provide at least 2 options)
    2. The Inspired Dance team will contact you to confirm your booking date and time.
    3. Full payment is required to secure your masterclass. (Refundable up to 30 days prior to booking)

– $800 (+GST) per masterclass, for up to 30 students ($20 +GST per additional student. Overall maximum of 50 students)


James talks about creating ‘Lady Be Good’

James Kinney Films