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International Ballet Star Joseph Phillips to Join Ballet Academy of Charleston

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World renowned dancer and Columbia native Joseph Phillips (right) will join the Ballet Academy of Charleston in the capacity of artistic director on January 4th, 2021. 

Phillips, one of the most decorated male ballet dancers in the world, returns to his South  Carolina roots after dancing with the San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre, and most recently, Ballet Manila in the Philippines.

Releasing the trending video “Swans for Relief,” (see below) a fundraiser for dancers during the pandemic, with Misty Copeland made Phillips a household name even among non-dancers.

As Artistic Director, Phillips will add pre-professional and professional classes to Ballet  Academy of Charleston’s current schedule and will offer weekly master classes (via Zoom and in-person) by international ballet capacities. His vision is to create a yearly professional performance with dancers from all over the word.

Ballet Academy of Charleston will continue to cater to both, recreational and aspiring professional dancers and will also keep their current teachers on the faculty.

“Joseph and I will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition in leadership,” current director and owner Corina Fimian said.

You can learn more at www.ballet-academy.org.

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