Discipline: Choreography

He is currently on the Backstreet Boys Residency in Las Vegas, NV at Planet Hollywood, and teaches all around the world when he’s not performing.

James “Combo” Marino was born and raised in East Hartford, CT.  After playing soccer in Italy, at 20 years old he started his hand in dancing by teaching himself Justin Timberlake’s “Justified” tour choreography.  After he graduated college, he realized he wanted to pursue dance as a career. This led him to commute 2 1/2 hours (each way) 4 to 5 days a week in order to train and work in New York City with some of the industries’ finest choreographers, including one of his mentors Rhapsody James. 

After 2 years of that lifestyle and being signed to Bloc Talent Agency, he felt ready enough to make his way out west to Los Angeles and within 6 months booked his first major gig.  It was the NFL Kickoff Television performance with Mariah Carey in Rockefeller Center, where he met and worked closely with his biggest inspiration, Eddie Morales.

James’ most special and memorable moment came in February of 2017: Choreographer Marty Kudelka reached out and booked him to perform with Justin Timberlake on the biggest night in Hollywood, The Academy Awards. Currently mentoring the youth as much as he can in his downtime, he also teaches at Millennium Dance Complex and EXPG Studios in LA and teaches dance classes both domestically and internationally, in order to share the hunger, work ethic, and experience he is constantly accumulating.

Credits include artists and commercials such as: Justin Timberlake, Eve, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, The Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Fergie, Rick Ross, Victoria Monèt, Illuminate, Nike, Target, A.D.I.D.A.S., Verizon Wireless, and many more.