Archie James

Apprentice
Archie James

Archie is from Ipswich and began his training at Angela Rowe School of Dance and DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training. He then continued to train at Central School of Ballet in London for three years before joining the Academy of Northern Ballet's Professional Graduate Programme. He joined Northern Ballet in 2017.

Archie left in 2018 to study Sports and Injury Therapy.

Learn more about Archie

Where were you born and raised?

In Ipswich, Suffolk.

At what age did you start dancing?

I started when I was 15.

Where did you train?

I began my ballet training at Angela Rowe School of Dance and then three months later successfully auditioned for the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training scheme. At 18 I was accepted into Central School of Ballet and then spent one year studying on the Academy of Northern Ballet's Professional Graduate Programme.

Favourite Northern Ballet roles

I really enjoyed dancing Bluebird in Goldilocks & the Three Bears. I would like to dance the Prince in Beauty & the Beast - I love the music and the character is unapologetically arrogant!

Career/training highlights

Northern Ballet has a unique approach to ballet technique and I enjoyed the challenge of working in a different way and understanding a new perspective. I also enjoyed learning from some of the amazing Guest Teachers that have come to Northern Ballet.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet, which would it be?

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. I feel it has the right characters, relationships and developing storyline to create a dramatic and beautiful piece. I also find Japanese art and culture very interesting.

What is your favourite book?

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

What is your favourite post-show meal?

If I have another show in the evening then I'll have porridge with a combination of nuts and seeds, and some kind of protein drink. If it is the end of the day then something fairly light such as a chicken salad or wrap.

How do you like to relax?

If it has been a stressful or intense day then I like to go to the gym, work out or swim and then use the sauna. If I'm feeling tired I like to lounge in my pyjamas with good food and rubbish TV. I also find shopping very relaxing.

If you weren't a dancer, what would you be?

I would want to pursue something involving foreign languages or physiotherapy/athlete rehabilitation. Both fascinate me!