About James Dance

About Us

The most prestigious school in the area, The James Dance & Performing Arts Center offers cutting edge choreography and innovative teaching techniques.  Whatever your goals, we can help you achieve them.  Our faculty have been guest teachers, choreographers and judges for national dance organizations and dance studios throughout the U.S., our Alumni students have performed on Broadway, in national Broadway tours, on major cruise lines, in Madonna’s Re-invention World Tour, in the Broadway Revival of Sweet Charity, in the new Tony Award Winning Broadway show "In The Heights" and in regional theatre productions.  One of our students was Miss Ohio and many are National Award Title Winners!  We brought home the 2008 Hollywood Vibe Battle of the Stars Junior & Senior Champion awards!


Our Mission Statement:  To guide, educate, and inspire students who enter our doors in the highest standards of dance, acting and vocal education.  We teach more than dance steps!  Our goal is to train not only brilliant dancers, singers and actors, but also to encourage Leadership, Humanity, Respect, Loyalty and Tolerance. 


Carol JamesCarol A. James, Director

Carol is the founder of James Dance and Performing Arts Center. She started the school in the basement of her home over 50 years ago. When her daughter Linda wanted to join the business, they expanded to a small facility in a local plaza. As business grew, they decided to do something unique in the Warren area: Build a state of the art facility where students can be trained in the Art of Dance. Together, Carol and Linda have trained hundreds of students.

Carol is a graduate of Dance Teachers Training school from DMA Kent State. She is a long time member of Dance Masters of America and Dance Masters of PA. Carol is a past board member of DMP, and a member of the prestigious American Academy of Ballet. Carol has been recognized by the governor of the state of Ohio, George Voinovich and Ohio House of Representative, Tom Letson for her contributions teaching dance.

She was nominated for Who's Who in America, received "The American Dance Achievement Award" (Showstoppers), "Ultimate Dance Challenge Best of the Best," and was chosen as "Top Dance Studio in North America" in 2010.

Carol's goal as a teacher of dance is to pass on the love and passion for the Art of Dance to all my students.

"To Dance is to set your Soul Free"



Linda Linda JamesJames, Artistic Director

Linda is a member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, American Academy of Ballet, a graduate of DMA Teacher Training School. She was a dance major at Ohio State and graduated with a BFA from Youngstown State University. She teaches and choreographs throughout the country and judges for national dance competitions. Linda has many students working in the entertainment industry performing, directing, producing, managing, and teaching. Her dancers have gone on to star on Broadway, television, commercials, movies, music videos, Disney, cruise ships, National Broadway Tours, Industrials, and awards shows. Others have pursued careers as dance therapists, agents, educators, news anchors, and Miss Ohio to name a few.

JDPAC Performance Team has won many national titles throughout the years and Linda is consistently recognized for her outstanding choreography. Her dancers have represented the United States as Goodwill Ambassadors in Australia, Italy, Mexico, Caymen Islands, and Hawaii. Linda was awarded the American Dance Achievement Award and recognized by the governor of Ohio for her contributions to the arts.




Kerri Leonard, ChoreographerKerri Leonard, Choreographer

Kerri is a 4-year double major in dance/lighting and costume design at SUNY in Buffalo, NY. During her senior year at SUNY Kerri was invited to design for the Alumni Dance Concert. As a choreographer and designer at SUNY, Kerri was recognized for her outstanding work. She received an award from the Kennedy Center for her excellence in lighting design, has been the recipient of dance scholarships, and has performed in Dr. Oz's wellness gala in NYC starring Stepp Stewart. Kerri is currently on staff at JDPAC where she continues to be consistently recognized for her outstanding choreography.

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4030 North River Rd
Warren, Ohio 44484