Hailed by the international press as “Ballet’s Golden Boy,” Joseph Phillips is a rare technically astute dancer with an impressive array of awards and medals. Phillips holds more internationally prestigious gold medals for dance than any other American dancer and was also awarded the Les Etoiles de Ballet in Cannes and Paris (France). He was also awarded the Key to Columbia, the capital city of South Carolina (USA).
Phillips’ Olympic quality accomplishments were recognized when he was chosen to light the Olympic torch in the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition Opening ceremonies.
Following closely upon his successes in the competitive arena of international ballet Phillips was invited to join the San Francisco Ballet and then became soloist with the Miami City Ballet. He currently dances with the American Ballet Theatre where he continually garners both critical and audience accolades.
Phillips began his dance studies in Columbia, South Carolina. He completed his studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and also attended both the School of American Ballet and the SC Governor’s School for the Arts. His main teacher and coach is Stanislav Issaev. He was also trained and coached by a galaxy of ballet’s most celebrated teachers including Warren Conover, Shamil Yagudin, Melissa Hayden, Gyula Pandi, Helgi Tomasson and Edward Villella. His repertory is extensive and equally as impressive.
Phillips is noted not only for the clarity and purity of his dance lines, but also for the strength and virility he brings to every role together with the magnetic energy and flawless musicality he brings to his performances. He is truly a classical bravura dancer. He is invited to perform as principal guest artist throughout the North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Phillips will star in Philippine Ballet Theatre's upcoming rendition of Don Quixote, which runs from July 4 to 8, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.