Elijah Labay, born in Victoria, British Columbia, started training at Ballet Arts Academy in Spokane, Washington. In 2004, Elijah joined Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Division and while attending, he received the First Step’s Audience Choice Award for his choreographic work. In 2007, Elijah attended the Fellowship Program at The Alvin Ailey School on full scholarship. Elijah received a Professional Advancement Award at Jacob’s Pillow to work with Aszure Barton, Helen Pickett, and Tero Saarinen. In 2009, he joined Florida Dance Theatre directed by Carol Erkes.
A year later, Elijah joined NW Dance Project, where he danced original works created by Sarah Slipper, Patrick Delcroix, Ihsan Rustem, Lucas Crandall, Jiri Pokorny, Pedro Dias, Danielle Agami, Yin Yue, Gregory Dolbashian, André Mesquita, Wen Wei Wang, James Gregg, Felix Landerer, Alex Soares, Loni Landon, Olivier Wevers, Noam Gagnon, and others. Elijah has also taught and choreographed at several of NW Dance Project’s Summer Dance Intensives.
After eight years with NW Dance Project, Elijah joined Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal where he had the opportunity to travel and perform works by Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili, Ihsan Rustem, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.
Elijah Labay is currently living in New York where he is a freelance artist, focusing on dance and choreographing.