Harrison James, born in 1991 and hailing from the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand, is currently a Principal Dancer with the National Ballet of Canada.
After completing advanced training at both the New Zealand School of Dance and the San Francisco Ballet School’s Trainee Program, Harrison has performed in cultural epicentres all over the world. Paris, London, Hamburg, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco and of course Toronto.
Known for his technical prowess and being an attentive partner, Harrison was promoted to Principal after only three years with the National Ballet of Canada and has danced many of ballets most iconic and sought after roles during his time there. Albrecht, in Sir Peter Wright’s ‘Giselle’, Lensky in John Cranko’s ‘Onegin’, Apollo in Balanchine’s ‘Apollo’, James in Johan Kobborg’s re-staging of ‘La Sylphide’ and Prince Florimund in Nureyev’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, to name a few. Harrison has also worked with many of todays most in demand choreographers including, Crystal Pite, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, John Neumeier, William Forsythe and Alexei Ratmansky.
At 30 years of age, Harrison is hugely grateful for where his career in dance has taken him so far and has many plans and hopes for what the future may bring.
Harrison joins the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a Guest Principal Artist courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada.