James O'Hara, originally from Fremantle Western Australia, works internationally as a dance performer, teacher and choreographer. He became a member of Ballet Junior de Geneve in 2003 and in 2004 was a recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Bursary at the Monaco Dance Forum.
Since then, O’Hara has worked as a performer with Ballet Preljocaj (France), Ohad Naharin/Cedar Lake (New York), Matthew Lutton and Chrissie Parrott (Malthouse Theatre Melbourne), The Australian Ballet/Gideon Obarzanek, Ross McCormack (New Zealand), Marina Mascarell (Korzo Den Haag) and is a founding member of Cross Connections Ballet Company Copenhagen.
Since 2006 O’Hara has worked extensively with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as both performer and assistant, collaborating on Myth, Babel, Faun, Orbo Novo (Cedar Lake), L'Homme de Bois (Royal Danish Ballet), Labyrinth (Het National Ballet) and Boléro (Paris Opera Ballet). He has taught at many institutions including West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, New Zealand School of Dance, Artesis (Antwerp), Purchase University (New York), Introdans (Netherlands) and ITDansa (Barcelona).
In 2011 O’Hara choreographed Matters for Cross Connections in Copenhagen, Shuck, a solo for Morgan Lugo in New York and in 2012, Scratch the Surface with STEPS Youth Dance Co. and Quantum Leap for their tour to the Dance and Child International conference in Taipei.
O'Hara has recently been nominated for a Green Room Award for his performance in There's definitely a Prince Involved with the Australian Ballet.