A native of Kent, Ohio, James Ihde began his ballet training at the Dance Institute of the University of Akron, where he studied for eight years. In 1993, he came to Philadelphia for a summer session at The Rock School for Dance Education. Upon completion, he was invited to join Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice for the 1993-1994 Season. In 1995, Mr. Ihde joined the Corps de Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in September 2003.
During the 1996-1997 Season, Mr. Ihde received rave reviews for his featured role in Lar Lubovitch's Waiting for the Sunrise. Since then, he has danced featured roles in several ballets including John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet (Paris), Paul Taylor's Company B, Jerome Robbins' Interplay, Lubovitch's Concert Six Twenty-Two, Margo Sappington's Rodin, Mis En Vie, Matthew Neenan's Penumbra, Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments (Second Theme and Third Theme), the world premiere of Jorma Elo's Pulcinella, and Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius, Theseus, and Titania’s Cavalier).
Mr. Ihde’s principal roles include Ivan in James Kudelka's The Firebird, the Pas de Deux in Wheeldon’s After the Rain and Balanchine's Agon, the Black Couple in Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land, Pas de Deux 1 in William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, and the title roles in Balanchine's Apollo and Ben Stevenson's Dracula.