Urdang Academy
Nathan James

Dr Nathan James

Role Head of Degree Course
Department Higher Education

Nathan James MA (Dist.) Fellow and Examiner ISTD, FIDTA, ANATD, MBBO, Cert FE, MSET (QTLS) trained in the Midlands and has worked in a variety of areas as a dancer/singer.

He has danced aboard ships for Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines and performed in several pantomimes for QDOS Entertainment at the Birmingham Hippodrome.  Nathan toured the UK in Copacabana and Hello Dolly and his last professional appearance was in the Broadway revival of 42nd Street in Stuttgart, Germany.

Nathan gained his DTLLS qualification from the BBO in 2009 and was granted Qualified Teacher Status from the Institute of Learning.  Nathan was awarded an MA with Distinction from Middlesex University in 2010 focusing on teacher training in the Vocational Sector.  Since 2012, he has been studying for a PhD in Dance with the University of Roehampton and has just submitted his thesis.   As a teacher, Nathan specialised in tap and musical theatre dance subjects and has taught at many vocational colleges in the UK.  He regularly attends workshops and masterclasses in New York and California.  In 2015,  Nathan was appointed as a Modern and Tap Examiner for the ISTD and is now part of the teaching team for the tap faculty.  He has been an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2007 and is part of the adjudicating panel for All England Dance.

Nathan has worked at the Urdang Academy since 2008 initially teaching tap and jazz and choreographing for productions.  He was appointed to the role of Head of Contextual Studies and oversaw the development of the Level 6 diploma academic modules to support the practical elements of the course.   Nathan devised and taught several modules on the original degree course and was appointed as Head of Degree in June 2016.  As Director of HE Programmes, Nathan is now responsible for the management and overseeing of all HE provisions in the college. He is keen to bridge the gap between training as performance practitioners with the ability to develop strong analytical and research skills.

Key Dates

Summer Courses

Pre Audition Course
Monday 23rd July - Friday 27th July 2018

Connect Summer School
Monday 30th July 2018 - Friday 3rd August 2018
Monday 6th August 2018 - Friday 10th August 2018

Connect UK Summer School
Monday 13th August 2018 - Friday 17th August 2018

Term Dates


Term starts: Monday 10th September 2018

Half term: week commencing Monday 22nd October 2018

End of Term: Wednesday 19th December 2018


All applications are now closed.  Online applications will reopen in September 2018.  Audition dates and times for 2019 entry will be confirmed shortly.

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