Tobin James, director of the Pendleton Dance Project, is an adjunct professor of modern dance for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), and modern dance faculty for the Kansas City Ballet School. She holds an MA in education administration from UMKC, a BFA in modern dance from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, and is a graduate of the Trainee Program of the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance. Tobin is a former member of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO), the Martha Graham Ensemble (Graham 2), and Störling Dance Theater, where she also served as the associate artistic director for 10 years. These experiences afforded her the opportunity to work with choreographers, Gene Hill Sagan, Louis Johnson, Yung Yung Tsuai and Pearl Lang, to name a few. Tobin was the choreographer and featured dance artist on concert video projects for Ron Kenoly, and Cece Winans. She toured for five seasons with The Young Messiah Tour, and was the choreographer for the Emmanuel Tour. As the associate producer for Störling Dance Theater’s production, Underground, she is also credited as co-choreographer with Artistic Director, Mona Störling-Enna. Tobin was awarded a full scholarship to the NARB Craft of Choreography conference, and has choreographed for Philadanco, Sight and Sound Theaters, Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre, Ballet Magnificat, Störling Dance Theater, Kansas City Youth Ballet, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.