Born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx, Rhapsody James has been dancing since the age of seven and choreographing since the age of sixteen. After receiving her degree in Social Sciences in the Arts at Purchase College, Rhapsody decided follow her dreams of being a choreographer. She started her career as an intern at record labels such as Loud, Uptown, Motown, and Universal. She landed a job at Sony Music as an Executive Assistant. This further ignited her passion for the music business and choreography. Her drive for choreography lead her to make the decision to leave Sony Music. Soon after, Rhapsody became one of the two main choreographers of the NBA New Jersey Nets Dance Team, and principal dancer in one of the hottest videos of the summer, “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” by Busta Rhymes. She also had the pleasure of appearing on MTV’s “The Grind,” VH-1 “80’s Dance Party,” “VH-1 Fashion Awards” and “Lip Service.”
Performing was a great passion of Rhapsody’s, but she soon realized that for her to be a great choreographer, she first would need to be a great teacher. Rhapsody began teaching at Broadway Dance Center, where her classes flourished, making her one of the hottest and most popular Commercial Hip-Hop teachers today. Rhapsody is also a part of the esteemed faculty of the Monsters of Hip-Hop Dance Convention. Discipline and a healthy learning environment is what she promotes in her class as well as good fun. Los Angeles, Miami, Japan, London, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia are just a few places where Rhapsody has taught.
Now a professional choreographer in the music business Rhapsody’s credits including Beyonce, The Jonas Brothers, The Pussycat Dolls,The Spice Girls, Cassie, Jay Sean, Donnie Klang, “Step Up 2: The Streets” Feature Film, “Making The Band 4,” as well as commercials for the NY lottery, Citeron Car Company and ESPN. Aside from being a world reknowned teacher and choreographer, Rhapsody is also the Artistic Director/Choreographer of her own dance company called no other than Rhapsody: The Company. Rhapsody: The Company is dedicated to blurring the boundaries between Hip-Hop, modern and jazz with their unique contemporary fusion style of “street jazz” that expresses an eclectic vision of beauty and rawness. Through dynamic choreography displaying a vision of complexity and drama, this company will capture you with a positive energy that excites and soothes your soul.
Taking her Artistic Direction and Choreography to another level, Rhapsody has now created Siren Assassins, which she believes is “Dance To Die For.”