James Welsby [one of the of “25 LGBT People to Watch in 2015″ – Gay News Network] is a choreographer and performer working extensively in contemporary dance and cabaret. He graduated from the VCA School of Dance in 2007 and in 2008 founded Phantom Limbs (winner “Best Dance” and “Melbourne Festival Discovery Award” Melbourne Fringe). He has been director of Phantom Limbs since, while also performing for numerous dance companies (Buzz Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Hydra Poesis), independent choreographers (Luke George, Nat Cursio, Martin Del Amo), and musicians (LE1F, Cakes Da Killa, Joni in the Moon).
James taught at Chunky Move for five years, and was mentored by choreographer Stephanie Lake through JUMP mentoring. He has choreographed for Sisters Grimm, Zoe Coombs Marr, Lucy Guerin Inc, Clairy Brown, and has created several full-length shows. The most celebrated of his shows is “HEX” which was performed in Next Wave Festival 2014, the International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014), and toured Australia in 2015 (Brisbane Powerhouse, PICA, RCC, PACT, and The Street). James was nominated for ‘Artist of the Year’ at the 2014 Globe Awards. James/ his drag alter ego “Valerie Hex” can now be seen performing and touring internationally with BRIEFS, The Burlesque Hour, and his own show YUMMY. www.jameswelsby.com