Our Choreographers

Jim Becker

Jim Becker is a dance instructor, choreographer and fitness trainer living and working in New York City. Born in Cleveland, Jim was raised in Strongsville studying dance and fitness at Studio 82 where he began teaching in the late 1990’s. As a choreographer in the Cleveland area, Jim got his start working with dance teams and local theaters including Cassidy Theatre, Baldwin Wallace University, Strongsville High School and the Mustang Express, Berea High School, Bally Total Fitness and The Cleveland Force Dance Team.


In 2000, Jim relocated to New York to double major Theatre and Dance at Marymount Manhattan College, perform with NYC Opera, Carousel Off-Broadway (choreography by Fosse assistant Ginger Prince), at the Apollo theatre with Juilliard, in touring productions

of Big River and Barry Mannilow’s Copacabana, then Walt Disney World in 2002 and continued on the high-seas as the Dance Captain with Disney Cruise Line until 2008. Other favorite performance credits include Guys and Dolls, The Producers, Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, Hercules the Musical, and dancing on The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade.


Jim is on faculty at Harlem School of the Arts in New York City, where he was initially recruited to direct and choreograph the first production of Disney’s The Lion King Kids. While working closely with Disney, after the success of HSA’s workshop, the show is

now available to be performed by theaters and schools across the globe. At HSA, Jim is the premier tap instructor also teaching ballet, jazz, partnering, musical theatre and fitness.


In addition, Jim is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor with clients gracing magazine covers, starring on broadway as well as clients dancing in tours and shows all over the country and Europe. Recently Jim trained Golden-Globe nominee John

Cameron Mitchell to prepare him to take over for Michael C. Hall is his current starring role in Broadway's Headwig and the Angry Inch.


“I make my classes fun and functional. My students learn the foundation of each principle movement while getting a great workout. Character building is an important theme to help young dancers grow, which is why I coach my students to recognize and

revere their progress. I’m proud to say my students have continued their training at prestigious dance schools like SAB, ABT, LaGuardia High School, NYU, and Juilliard with many students performing in Broadway shows and tours all over north America and Europe. I believe, with proper training, all students of dance should have the skills required to pursue a career in the arts, should they choose. And everyone deserves the chance to dance.”


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