- Marion, Indiana
- Chautauqua School of Dance
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Houston Ballet Academy
Pacific Northwest Ballet School
The Harid Conservatory
BFA, The Juilliard School
- Company Membership
Joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2000
Promoted to soloist in 2007
James Sofranko created roles in Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016, Jenkins’ Thread, Morris’ Joyride, Possokhov’s Optimistic Tragedy and The Rite of Spring, and Scarlett’s Fearful Symmetries and Hummingbird. He has danced principal or featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Hilarion), Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet (Mercutio), and Swan Lake; Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Sancho Panza); Balanchine’s Prodigal Son (Servants); Bintley’s The Dance House; Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House and Lambarena; Christensen’s Filling Station; Elo’s Double Evil; Fokine’s Petrouchka (Petrouchka); Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; Garnier’s Aunis; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; van Manen’s Solo; McGregor’s Borderlands, Chroma, and Eden/Eden; Morris’ Sylvia (Eros); Peck’s In the Countenance of Kings (The Foil); Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Firebird, Fusion, and Swimmer; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, Russian Seasons, and Shostakovich Trilogy; Robbins’ The Concert and Fancy Free; Scarlett’s Frankenstein (Professor); Taylor’s Company B and Spring Rounds; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Continuum, and Rush.
His repertory includes Balanchine’s Diamonds, Rubies, Square Dance, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in Three Movements, and Theme and Variations; Caniparoli’s Connotations; Morris’ Beaux, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Maelstrom, and Pacific; Pita’s Salome; Possokhov’s Damned, Diving into the Lilacs, and Magrittomania; Tomasson’s Concerto Grosso, The Fifth Season, Nanna’s Lied, and Prism; Welch’s Falling; and Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) and Ghosts.
James performed in the national tour of Tharp’s Movin’ Out in 2005–2006. In 2014 he received the Inspiration Award from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California for his annual fundraiser Get in Front (now DanceFAR).
What's your favorite costume? Why?
Elemental Brubeck by Lar Lubovitch. I felt like Gene Kelly! (Side note: my most unusual costume was The Rite of Spring by Yuri Possokhov. Being joined at the hip with a partner was definitely an experience I'll never forget!)
When I'm not working I enjoy...
Taking my son on bike rides and to soccer.
What has been your proudest moment as a dancer? Why?
The moment I was hired into SF Ballet, and when I was promoted to soloist. It meant that my training was worth every minute. And then performing with the Company at Lincoln Center (where I trained at Juilliard) in front of family and friends from the East Coast. It felt like my world had come full circle.