|Jason Gilkison Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5.75 in|
|Date of Birth||March 28, 1966|
Jason Gilkison is an Australian choreographer and creative director, best known for being a choreographer for TV shows such as Superstars of Dance (2009), So You Think You Can Dance (2008-2009), BBC Proms (2016), as well as being a judge on So You Think You Can Dance TV show from 2010 to 2013. In 2014, he became a judge in the 4th season of So You Think You Can Dance Australia TV series, and stayed in that position until the Grand Final at the end of the year. Jason was also known for being a creative director of choreography for a well-known dancing reality TV game show Strictly Come Dancing from 2016 to 2018, as well as its sister documentary TV series titled Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two from 2013 to 2018.
Before he became internationally successful, he and his dance partner Peta Roby were undefeated Australian Latin dancing champions from 1981 to 1997, as well as World, British, and International champions during those years. In 2001, Jason became an artistic director and choreographer for Burn the Floor, a live dance show that performs on stages worldwide, as well as well-known theatres such as Longacre Theatre on Broadway, Shaftsbury Theatre in London, and many others.
- London, England, United States
- Los Angeles, California, United States
- Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Choreographer, Creative Director
- Mother – Kay Gilkison
- Others – Sam Gilkison (Grandfather) (Ballroom Dancer), Ronnie Gilkison (Grandmother) (Ballroom Dancer)
Jason Gilkison is represented by –
- Ten2 Productions Ltd (Manager) in Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
- Lexikat Artists (Manager) in Beverly Hills, California, United States
- Curtis Brown Group Ltd (Agent) in London, England, United Kingdom
5 ft 5.75 in or 167 cm
70 kg or 154.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Jason Gilkison has dated –
- James P. Carney (2014-Present) – Jason and James P. Carney’s relationship can be traced back to June 2014, but it is likely that they met earlier. On December 28, 2017, the pair got married in a private ceremony surrounded by close family and friends.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Australian descent.
Due to advancing age, his hair has turned ‘Salt and Pepper’.
- Often wears suits and coats
- Often has stubble facial hair
- Salt and pepper-colored beard and hair
Best Known For
- Being a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance TV show in 2008 and 2009
- Appearing as both a judge and a choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance from 2010 to 2013
- Starring as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance Australia TV show in 2014
- Being a creative director for Strictly Come Dancing TV reality show from 2016 to 2018
First TV Show
Jason Gilkison made his first TV show appearance as Blond Spanish Gentleman in an episode titled Burn the Floor of the music series Great Performances in 1999.
Jason hasn’t specified whether he has a trainer, but he often trains alongside competitors he’s preparing choreography for.
Since he is known to drink alcoholic beverages such as wine, champagne, beer, or cocktails, as well as cheat meals that are full of sugar, it is certain that James does a lot of cardio and endurance training to stay in shape.
Jason Gilkison Favorite Things
- Drink – Beer, Champagne, Wine, Coffee, Martini, Cocktails
- Champagne Brand – Moët & Chandon
- Fashion Brand – Chanel, Gucci
- Watch Brand – TagHeuer
- Food – Cake, Vegemite
- Book – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Activity – Traveling, Dancing, Partying, Reading, Fashion
- Book Authors – Janna Lumley
- Place – Halong Bay, Sydney, London
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Jason Gilkison Facts
- He began dancing when he was 4 years old.
- His grandparents were owners of the ballroom dance studio, located in Perth, which was the first of its kind in Australia, and Jason trained there when he was young.
- His first dance partner was Peta Roby, who he started dancing with when he was 7 years old.
- Jason and Peta, besides being undefeated Australian Latin Champions for 16 years, from 1981 to 1997, they were also named Young Australian of the Year with an award in 1991.
- In 1991, the dancing pair became residing teachers in various prestigious ballroom schools in London, England, and stayed there until 1998, training many of the upcoming young dancers at the time.
- Jason received the Australian Sports Medal on September 29, 2000, for the exceptional contribution and service to dancing.
- Jason received a nomination for a BAFTA Award a total of 5 times as of early 2019.
- In 2017, he was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award in the category of “Best Entertainment Craft Team” for Strictly Come Dancing TV reality game show, shared with Mark Kenyon, who was a lighting designer, and Vicky Gill, who designed the costumes.
- After the success of world tours in more than 50 countries since Jason’s acceptance of the role of artistic director and choreographer in 2001, Burn the Floor live dancing group settled at the Longacre Theatre Broadway stage in 2009. It was supposed to be a 6-week engagement project but due to the popularity of Jason’s choreography in the show, they appeared for 8 months instead, breaking the box office record of the theatre twice during that period.
- He designed choreography based on the music of artists such as Whitney Houston, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Kylie Minogue, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and many others.
- He has worked on choreography for well-known musicians and singers such as Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Shania Twain, Tony Bennett, Robbie Williams, as well as the English pop group Take That.
- A well-known singer, Ed Sheeran, congratulated Jason and his partner, James Carney, on their marriage in December 2017. He uploaded a video to his social media and wished them a fantastic wedding, mental dancing after the ceremony, and the fantastic rest of the life as a couple.
- Visit his official website @ www.jasongilkison.com.
- Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
Featured Image by Jason Gilkison / Instagram