In 1996, James Robey inherited the faculty position in jazz dance at the University ofAkron Dance Department from his mentor Priscilla Wagner. With theposition came the challenge of creating his own syllabus. He found thatmost ballet and modern techniques were codified and well honed but mostjazz dance techniques were not. So, he began developing and creating atechnique and syllabus for jazz dance that would parallel other serioustechniques.
Over the next fourteen years, James continued to develop the technique and syllabus whileteaching professional and amateur dancers in New York City, with highschool students at Long Island School of Performing Arts, as director ofthe jazz and modern programs at School of Eastern Connecticut Ballet,with BFA dance majors at the Hartt School/University of Hartford, and atthe Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance where he had the opportunity todevelop the program across all ages and levels under one roof over a10-year period. Working with his brother, Jason Robey MS, LAT, ATC(Director of Athletic Training Services for Appalachian StateUniversity), he designed a technique in line with the latest in sportstraining techniques.
While pursuing his MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwuakee and with the guidanceof professor Marcia Parsons and Annaliese Burns Wilson, Jamessynthesized and formatted the information to create the Jazz DanceTechnique & Syllabus™ .