James L. Boyd III is an Artist born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured and entertained the world with the knowledge of ten (10) professional dance styles under his belt. James is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in Dance and Choreography. Since graduation, he performed with Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen. James was a guest artist with the hit dance event, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the famous TV show, “America’s Got Talent”. While performing all over the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, James shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti, and Rasta Thomas. James strives to be successful in dance, business, and on behalf of his community. He produced his first dance show for Northeast Florida in 2012 entitled “Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet”. James’ passion for the community shows through his recently incorporated not-for-profit endeavor known as Art In Flight Inc.
As Founder and CEO, he activated its mission in 2016 and began fundraising next to the Cultural Council on behalf of arts agencies throughout Greater Jacksonville. Art in Flight’s mission is to enhance the development and sustainability of arts organizations in Northeast Florida. The organization aims to educate our citizens, increase art appreciation and support, foster an arts-rich culture, and, in turn, help grow Jacksonville into a nationally beloved, thought-leading city. James L. Boyd III continues gaining experience to only share with others. James is currently obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) from Jacksonville University. It’s only a matter of time before James is the Master of his voice. In addition to building Art in Flight, James is an international faculty member for the Manhattan Dance Project and a former Artist In Residence at Jacksonville University. James is also a Trustee level member of the JAX Chamber, currently serving two local arts boards, including Players By The Sea and the JIA Arts Commission. He is presently blessed to be a new faculty member for Troy University.