Velinov Phillip


Classical Ballet / Dancer

Born in Bulgaria’s capital, Phillip started his training at the State Choreographic School in Sofia and later transferred to the Alabama School of Fine Arts on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, he joined the Alabama Ballet and later won the first full performing arts scholarship in the 150-year history of Birmingham-Southern College completing a B.A. with honors in Dance. Phillip has had the honor to study and work with Maestro Roumen Rachev, Dame Sonia Arova, Thor Sutowsky, Professor Mira Popovich, Vladilen Simeonov and Irina Kolpakova. He was a soloist with Ballet Internationale (Indianapolis) prior to joining the Louisville Ballet as a principal dancer in 2006.

Phillip received diplomas at the 1998 and 2002 Varna International Ballet Competions and won the 1998 Birmingham Fine Arts Society Award for Excellence in Dance. Repertoire highlights include a wide spectrum of roles: Albrecht in Giselle, the Golden Slave in Scheherazade; The Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Cavalier and Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker; Nana the dog in Peter Pan, Basilio, Espada, Gamache and Lorenzo in Don Quixote, Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty, Doctor Coppelius in Coppelia; Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream; as well as George Balanchine’s Agon, Lila York’s Celts, and “That’s Life” in Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs.

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