In the studio with special guest, Harrison James
A unique opportunity to watch a former student, now principal dancer at The National Ballet of Canada, teach class to our NZSD classical students. Following class an interview with Harrison on his life as a Principal dancer.
Please note all proceeds from this event will be donated to the New Zealand School of Dance Foundation.
Harrison James was born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand and trained at San Francisco Ballet School's Trainee Program in California and the New Zealand School of Dance. Mr. James danced with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Béjart Ballet Lausanne before joining The National Ballet of Canada in 2013 as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Mr. James was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2016.
Mr. James dances such lead roles as Leontes and Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, Prince Florimund in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Lensky in Onegin, Albrecht in Giselle, James in La Sylphide, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The L’Aviateur in Le Petit Prince, Des Grieux in Manon, Peter/The Nutcracker in The Nutcracker, Raj/Caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. His repertoire includes roles in Swan Lake, Nijinsky, the second detail, Genus, Watch her, Being and Nothingness, Carousel (A Dance), Piano Concerto #1 and Spectre de la Rose.
In 2015, Mr. James was awarded the Patron Award of Merit by the Patrons’ Council Committee of The National Ballet of Canada.