Growing up in Wagga Wagga, Jarryd started dancing at the age of eight. Trained in Latin American, Ballroom, Salsa and Hip Hop, Jarryd moved to Sydney at eighteen to follow his dancing dreams.
Focusing on the Latin and Ballroom genres, Jarryd competed nationally and internationally and went on to win numerous competitions including the Singapore International and the East Coast Classic.
With his international competition experience, Jarryd was launched into his first big show, Jason Gilkison’s “Burn The Floor” where he performed in the USA for 6 months. With a new found love for the stage, Jarryd landed a role in Dancing with the Stars and hasn’t looked back.
Paired with Miss Universe Australia Jesinta Campbell, pop star Ricki-Lee Coulter and “My Kitchen Rules” personality Ash Pollard, Jarryd went on to make the Grand Final twice, narrowly missing out on the coveted mirror-ball trophy. Praised for his choreography Jarryd has gone on to choreograph for Ricki-Lee for her Sunrise performance and numerous other shows.
During this time, Jarryd landed the biggest role of his career playing Nathan Starkey in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical. Touring Australia for 2 years and performing to thousands of people every night, Jarryd developed not only as a dancer, but as a singer and actor.
Since completing both DWTS and Strictly Ballroom seasons late last year, Jarryd has put his focus back into his dance company FIT2MOVE, which focuses on health and fitness through dance. He also hopes to finally get that mirror ball trophy on next seasons DWTS.