Born in Brisbane, Shay relocated to Melbourne to study ballet full-time at The Australian Ballet School, where he danced for two years. While at the ballet school, he concurrently completed a year at NIDA’s Young Actors Studio. Shay then went on to study musical theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the class of 2015. The following year Shay appeared in the Queensland Ballet’s production of Strictly Gershwin as a guest artist, dancing new tap choreography by William Simpson. He then went on to perform in Mack & Mabel at the Hayes Theatre Company as a member of the ensemble. Most recently Shay was selected as one of six Australian professional dancers to perform with Sir Matthew Bourne’s Company in the Australian premiere of their dance production Lord of the Flies, playing the role of Eric. He is also a member of the tap dancing duo tap.jack who are regularly seen busking in Melbourne as well as performing for private events.