Shaun James Kelly, born in Perth, Scotland, trained at the Dance School of Scotland before undertaking training at the English National Ballet School. While at the School, Shaun performed in a number of productions with the English National Ballet, including Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet and Derek Deane’s Swan Lake at the London Coliseum.
After graduating, he joined the Tivoli Ballet Theatre in Copenhagen. In 2014, Shaun joined the RNZB where he has since performed in a wide range of repertoire including Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass and playing Puck in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shaun took the opportunity to dance in international performances with the RNZB including the ‘wedding couple’ pas de deux in Johan Kobborg and Ethan Stiefel’s Giselle.
In 2016, Shaun’s choreography won him the 2016 RNZB Harry Haythorne Award for his work Blanc. He was also asked to create a work called Aura to feature in the RNZB’s 2017 Tutus on Tour programme. Shaun choreographed a work for eight RNZB dancers that featured in New Zealand designer Andrea Moore’s catwalk show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2017. In 2018, Shaun created a new work for Te Papa, bringing the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood to life.