Elijah Labay, born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, started training at Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane, Washington. In 2004, Elijah joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division and then attended the Fellowship Program at The Ailey School on full scholarship. He received a Professional Advancement Award at Jacob’s Pillow to work with Aszure Barton, Helen Pickett, and Tero Saarinen. In 2009, Elijah joined Florida Dance Theatre directed by Carol Erkes and had the opportunity to choreograph “Kaos in Wonderland”. Elijah attended NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH: 4 project where he worked with choreographers Loni Landon and James Gregg.
He was featured in NW Dance Project’s premiere of André Mesquita’s duet, “A Short History of Walking”, and in other original NW Dance Project works created by Sarah Slipper, Patrick Delcroix, Ihsan Rustem, Lucas Crandall, Jirí Pokorny, Pedro Dias, Danielle Agami, Wen Wei Wang, Yin Yue, Loni Landon, Alex Soares, Didy Veldman, Gregoy Dolbashian, Noam Gagnon, James Gregg, Olivier Wevers, Carla Mann, Tracey Durbin, and Minh Tran.
Company Portrait taken by Michael Slobodian