Nelson was born in Sydney, where he began most of his dance training at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. While dancing at NHSPA he was able to work with established artists such as Adrian Van Winkelhoff and Garfield Lamonius, to name a few. Nelson went on to achieve the Marcus Santos outstanding male dancer award in 2013.
After graduating from NHSPA, Nelson undertook a year of full time dance training at Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year where he was fortunate enough to be awarded the Mary Zuber Scholarship. Nelson joined Sydney Dance Company on their regional Australian tour where he performed the triple bill De Novo with the company featuring in Rafael Bonachela’s Emergence and Alexander Ekman‘s Cacti.
At the end of his full time year Nelson was granted a position as a trainee with Sydney Dance Company for the year 2016, supported by the Wales Family Foundation, where he has taken part in the creation process for Rafael’s new work Lux Tenebris.