James Grant, Executive Director/Founder
James Grant was born and raised in Harlem, NYC. He is the Executive Director and founder of Opus Dance Theatre & Community Services, Inc. He has played an active role in various dance companies and arts organization for more than 30 years, including his past role as business manager of the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation Inc. Arts In Education/AileyCamp department. James states that his love for the arts was given to him by GOD; and credits his artistic development to such masters as Larl Becham, Talley Beatty, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Davis, Martha Graham, Gloria Jackson, Bernice Johnson,and Baba Olatunji. He has developed and coordinated therapeutic recreation/leisure programs designed to meet the needs of at-risk youth. He continues to work with the NYC Administration for Children's Services, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, the American Red Cross and NYC Department of Education as well as other state and city agencies. As the Executive Director of Opus, Inc since 1988, he has produced dance concerts, musical-theater, fundraisers, gala events, International Black Arts Festival in Vienna, Austria, and the First Annual Festival of the African Diaspora, in Costa Rica. He choreographed “Judgment Day and The Liberation of The Invisible Man,” A Hip-Hop Musical inspired by the life of Tupac Shakur. In 1993, he received a Proclamation for Community Service and Artistic Excellence from the City of New York.