James Sofranko is known in the Bay Area as a soloist dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, choreographer, and co-founder of the annual cancer benefit "Dance For A Reason (DanceFAR)," an annual performance featuring artists and companies of the Bay Area and beyond, to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California.  He has a BFA in dance from the Juilliard School, where he studied the techniques and repertoire of modern dance masters Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian and others.  James was featured in the lead role of "Eddie"  in the national tour of Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel's broadway musical "Movin' Out."  Combined with his extensive experience with the San Francisco Ballet, dancing the classic and neo-classic masterpieces, working directly with choreographers from around the world including Mark Morris, William Forsythe, Wayne Macgregor, Yuri Possokhov, Hans Van Manen, Christopher Wheeldon, John Neumeier, Helgi Tomasson, Lar Lubovitch, Val Caniparoli, Alexi Ratmansky and more, he has a unique background from which to create a diverse and impactful dance company in SFDanceworks.

photo by Andrew Weeks

photo by Andrew Weeks