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Jim Bunting graduated from the University of the Arts in 1995, receiving his BFA in Dance. During this time, he danced professionally as a founding member of Koresh Dance Company for 9 years. Jim then went on to develop his talents as a choreographer and teacher and has over 20 years of experience teaching and choreographing dance in the greater Philadelphia area. As a choreographer, Jim has had the pleasure of creating works for Koresh Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet's Shut Up and Dance at the Forrest Theater and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In 1999, Jim received a Fellowship Grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his outstanding choreography. Jim's 20 years of experience teaching modern jazz and ballroom technique has allowed him to serve as a mentor and instructor for both children and adults. Jim was a proprietor of the former Rittenhouse Dance Academy and currently choreographs on youths performing for the pre-professional dance companies in residence at Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center and Radomile Academy of Dance. As a ballroom instructor, Jim teaches both Latin and Standard styles, specializing in the Latin dances salsa and Argentine tango. He is a former instructor for several Philadelphia area studios including the Academy of Social Dance, Dancesport Academy and Society Hill Dance Academy. Jim has taught several master classes for the dance and musical theater departments at the University of the Arts, St. Bonaventure University in New York, the University of Colorado and The Roswell Dance Theater in Atlanta. Additionally, Jim has been on faculty as an adjunct professor of jazz dance at Drexel University since 2007. Most recently, started Jim Bunting Dance Company with the 1st full length production of “The Shaman’s Dream” which premiered at the Mandell Theater in Philadelphia. The company has performed at the Capitale in NYC for the School of Visual Arts Annual Holiday Party and the Philadelphia Art Museum's "Friday After 5 Series.”