Jacob grew up in the Dandenong Ranges and on Philip Island, in Victoria. He began dancing at the age of eleven, with jazz and tap classes. He trained at The Australian Ballet School; he danced on the The Australian Ballet's regional tour of Coppélia in 2017, and joined the company in 2019.
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Dancing is in Jacob's blood: his grandparents were ballroom dancers, and won the Australasian Championship when they were only 19.