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’s Corps
de Ballet in 2013.
Mr. James’ repertoire with the National Ballet includes Swan Lake, Onegin, The Nutcracker, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Watch her, Unearth and Watershed. Recently,
he debuted as Des Grieux in Manon and
Icicle in The Nutcracker
choreographed by James Kudelka.
Harrison James is sponsored through Dancers First by Lucy White.
“At Sunday’s matinee, Jillian Vanstone offered a more
innocent Manon whose naivety and weakness for the gilded life leads her down a
tragic path. Her innocence is matched by that of her devoted Des Grieux, corps
de ballet member Harrison James dancing a major principal role and acquitting
himself splendidly. The chemistry between Vanstone and James is electric.” Toronto Star, 2014