The Dancers

Jake Gisby

Jacob Gisby Jacob Gisby for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, July 2020. Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court

Jake Gisby’s early training was through the Dance Education Centre in Tauranga, under Prue and Debbie Gooch. Under their tuition, Jake won the silver medal at the New Zealand National Performer Awards (2016) and was the highest placed male competitor. In the same year he was a finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix in New York and was awarded a scholarship to the Spring Concours in Riga.

At age 16, and having been a Junior Associate for many years, Jake joined the New Zealand School of Dance as a Classical Major. While at NZSD, Jake performed in numerous fundraising and promotional events for the School, as well as the Graduation Season works, working with many international and New Zealand choreographers.

Alongside his full-time training, Jake attended several summer programmes, including at The Royal Ballet School in London, and on full scholarship with San Francisco Ballet.

In 2019, Jake attended the Asian Dance Audition in Korea, where he was selected to enter the finals for several ballet companies. He was offered a position at Oklahoma City Ballet, starting in January 2020, and performed in the company’s productions of Romeo and Juliet, and Firebird before returning home in March of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jake is excited to be back dancing in New Zealand. At the end of 2020 he appeared as a guest dancer in The Sleeping Beauty, and rejoined the company as a guest for Giselle and The Firebird and Paquita.

Jake is one of two 2022 Friedlander Foundation Scholars.

Jake is supported by the Friedlander Foundation.