Harrison James

Harrison James 14/15 Photo Credits

Harrison James. Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic.


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