Gilkison was born in Perth, Australia. At age 4, he began dancing at the Perth ballroom dance studio, founded by his grandparents Sam and Ronnie Gilkison, the first of its kind in Australia. Gilkison has lived in Sydney, Australia, London, England and Los Angeles, United States.
At the age of 7 Gilkison was first paired with Peta Roby. Gilkison formed a professional partnership with Peta Roby in 1980 and were undefeated Australian Latin champions from 1981 to 1997. At age 23, Gilkison and Roby were the ranked pair in Ten-Dance Competition.
In 1990, Gilkison and Roby received the "Young Australian of the Year" Award. In 1991, they became the residing teachers at one of London’s most prestigious ballroom schools, where they remained for seven years, training many of the world’s leading dancers.
Gilkison has served as choreographer and director for the ballroom dance stage show Burn the Floor Gilkison's longtime dance partner Roby served as associate producer of the show. Burn the Floor began touring in 1999 and reached Broadway, Manhattan in 2009.
In 2012, Gilkison choreographed Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas, a live stage show at the Tropicana in Las Vegas featuring celebrities and dancers from ABC's Dancing with the Stars. The production opened in April 2012 and ran for twelve weeks.
TV and film
As of 2014, Gilkison worked as the director of choreography on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing.
So You Think You Can Dance
|Viennese Waltz||"The Time of My Life"—David Cook|
|Paso Doble||"Filet" from Le Rêve|
|Jive||"The Dirty Boogie"—The Brian Setzer Orchestra|
Ashleigh Di Lello
Ryan Di Lello
|Samba||"Everything I Can't Have"—Robin Thicke|
|Jive||"Rockin' Robin"—The Jackson 5|
|Smooth Waltz||"You Light Up My Life"—Whitney Houston|
Ryan Di Lello
|Cha-Cha||"Put Your Hands On Me"—Joss Stone|
|Viennese Waltz||"Ordinary Day"—Vanessa Carlton|
Ryan Di Lello
|Paso Doble||"Village Attack" from Blood Diamond|
|Samba||"Work" (Freemason remix)—Kelly Rowland|
|Ballroom Medley||"Ven a Bailar (On the Floor)"—Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull|
Robert Taylor, Jr.
|Jive||"Runaway Baby"—Bruno Mars|
|Quickstep||"The Ballroom Blitz"—Sweet|
|Samba||"Cinema Italiano (The Ron Fair Remix)"—Kate Hudson|
|Viennese Waltz||"Everybody Hurts"—Tina Arena|
|Ballroom Medley||"Dance Again"—Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull|
|Viennese Waltz||"Nights in White Satin"—Tina Arena|
|Paso Doble||"Unstoppable"—E.S. Posthumus|
So You Think You Can Dance Australia
|Waltz||"A New Day Has Come" from Celine Dion|
|Foxtrot||"2 Hearts"—Kylie Minogue|
|Paso Doble||"O Verona" from the film Romeo + Juliet|
|Top 16||Ballroom||"Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)"—Louis Prima|
Vanessa Sew Hoy
|African Samba||"Lo-Lo Dzama"—Sum Svisti|
|Rumba||"Message to My Girl"—Split Enz|
|Cha-Cha||"Hound Dog"-Smoky Joe's Cafe|
|2||Top 18||Rock and Roll/Latin Ballroom||"Objection (Tango)"-Shakira|
|Viennese Waltz||"I Have Nothing"-Whitney Houston|
|Quickstep||"Valerie"-Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse|
|Foxtrot||"Rock with You (Frankie Knuckles Remix)"-Michael Jackson|
|7||Top 8||Foxtrot||"Ain't That A Kick In The Head"-Robbie Williams|
|Tango||"Gotta Get Thru This (Acoustic)"-Daniel Bedingfield|
|Paso Doble||"Overture"-Australian Cast of Jesus Christ Superstar|
|Viennese Waltz||"Never Tear Us Apart"—INXS|
|Paso Doble||"Sweet Disposition"—The Temper Trap|
|Cha-cha-cha||"Istanbul 1:26 am"—Orient Expressions|
- Symonds, Kristy (15 March 2014). "Feet back on home ground for Burn the Floor’s Jason Gilkison". Perth Now. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH... JASON GILKISON". Show Biz Friends. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Lee, Felicia r. (28 July 2008). "Sassy Steps, From Salsa to Swing and Australia to Broadway". New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- Garza, Xazmin (12 April 2012). "Kyle Massey, fellow 'Dancing with the Stars' alums unite for Tropicana show". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2015.