Paul James Rooney

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Paul James Rooney in rehearsals 2011

Paul James Rooney is an English choreographer, dancer and rehearsal director. He danced with various companies and choreographers around the world, including names such as; Matthew Bourne, Tim Rushton, Michael Flatley, Will Tuckett, Danish Dance Theatre & has choreographed many productions for Tivoli (Copenhagen)

Dance career[edit]

Paul James has danced for many companies, including; New Adventures, English National Ballet, Danish Dance Theatre, Tivoli Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in their Copenhagen performance of Memoria. Paul James Rooney was one of the ballet dancers representing the Royal Opera House in the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics dancing with Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page. [1]

Paul James has danced Principal roles in The Royal Opera House's 'Pinocchio', 'Peter and the Wolf' in New York, and in various Bournonville productions for Tivoli Ballet Theatre.

He has also danced the role of Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats in Denmark and the role of Older Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical in Malmo, Sweden.

Paul James performed in 'Wind in the Willows' at The Royal Opera House & The Duchess Theatre, in London's West End.

Rooney was the rehearsal director for Peter and the Wolf staging productions in New York and The Netherlands.


Paul James Rooney is a frequent choreographer for Tivoli Ballet Theatre.

  • 2009 Polyphony
  • 2010 Mezclanza - alongside August Bournonville's Le Conservatoire and Peter Martins Barber Violin Concerto.[2]
  • 2012 Havets Bevægelser - a joint venture with Storstrøms Kammerensemble and Pantomimeteatret. Premiered at Fuglesang Herregaard and then performed in Tivoli - re-premiered in 2013.
  • 2014 Big Band Dance - dance performance collaborating with Tivoli Big Band.
  • 2017 Butterfly Lovers - ballet created to the Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto - re-premiered in 2018 [3]
  • 2017 Partita - performed with Tivoli Symphony Orchestra in Tivoli concert Hall (alongside a re-premier of Havets Bevægelser)
  • 2019 Et Glimt af I Går, I dag - Dance Production inspired by Danish Design

Paul James has also choreographed various performances for TV, Music Videos, Events and Elmhurst Ballet School

Rooney and Photographer and graphic designer Matti Silfer created a performance, 'Moving Art' celebrating great Nordic art and artists; including Grieg, H C Lumbye, Roslin and many more. Integrating dance film, a dance photography exhibition and live dancing all in one performance.[4]

In 2015 & 2017 Paul James choreographed for TV series 'Vidunderbørn' produced by Nordisk Film for DR

He currently resides in Copenhagen working as a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher.


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  2. ^ "Ballet og flamenco i fusion - Scene". Retrieved 15 July 2014.
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  4. ^ "Terpsichore: webmagasinet Dans ONline". Archived from the original on 22 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.

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