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Neo-contemporary partnering


Canadian dancer and partnering coach Jason Shipley Holmes was born in Branford Ontario. In his early childhood he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he studied break dancing before taking an interest in ballet. In 1988, Jay was invited to join the Professional Ballet Program of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and graduated from the program in 1992. That same summer, Jay was awarded a scholarship to dance at the Banff Summer Program. While dancing in Banff, the director of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens recognized Jay’s artistic merits and offered him a contract with the company. Shipley accepted the offer, moved to Montreal, and danced with LGBC for four years. While with the company, Jay had the opportunity to work with choreographer Jiri Kylian on Soldiers Mass and Sinfonietta, as well as perform works by Ohad Naharin, James Kudelka, Hans Van Manen, George Balanchine and Kurt Joost.


In 1995 Edouard Lock was commissioned to create a new work for Les Grands Ballets entitled Etude. Jay’s principal role in this creative process was the catalyst for the next step in his career. In 1997, Lock invited Shipley to join La La La Human Steps. Renowned for his exceptional partnering skills Jason was a featured dancer of the company for 16 years, dancing Salt, Amelia, Amjad, and New Work in Montreal and on tour around the world.


Recently, Shipley has been invited to conduct partnering workshops at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and Compagnie Marie Chouinard