Jessica Phillips began her training in a small town outside of Houston, Texas. Once she saw her first ballet performance at age 8, declared this is what she wanted to do professionally. Her primary training was with the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. In addition, Jessica has studied at The School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She competed as a finalist in the internationally acclaimed ballet competition Youth America Grand Prix in New York City for several years.
Upon graduating from the Kirov ballet boarding school, Jessica accepted an offer to join Ballet Arizona’s (BAZ) company in 2009 where she danced 9 seasons. In her time with BAZ Jessica performed corps de ballet, soloist, and principal roles in a wide range of classical ballets, neoclassical ballets, and contemporary pieces.
Through the demands of her professional dance career, Jessica realized the necessity of a holistic healthy lifestyle in order to show up on and off the stage at her best. Jessica has a passion of holistic health and wellness and is a certified holistic health coach and certified Kundalini yoga teacher. Since retiring from Ballet Arizona in 2018 Jessica has been teaching full-time ballet, creative dance, meditation, and yoga in addition to holding ballet workshops around Arizona. Recently settled into a home base in the red rocks where she is creating Sedona Dance Academy to provide quality ballet and all forms of dance to the community of beautiful Sedona!
Jessica Phillips, Director & Teacher
Kirstyn Lazur has been teaching dance for over 20 years to all ages on both the east and west
coasts of the U.S. As a young dancer, Kirstyn competed and performed throughout New England
as well as Las Vegas, Nashville, Orlando, New York City and New Orleans. She studied Mattox jazz
technique and musical theater with jazz master Jean Sabatine at the University of Connecticut
and went on to teach and choreograph award-winning dances for students at the Luis Pabon
Dance Arts Center in Connecticut. Kirstyn has choreographed for several community theater
productions including Sweet Charity, Grease and the Pfizer Players’ production of Carousel. A
member of the Los-Angeles based contemporary dance company Datugan Dance, Kirstyn also
served as assistant choreographer for youth performing arts workshops in Redondo Beach.
Kirstyn Lazur, Jazz Teacher
"I started doing all styles of dance around that time and found a true love and passion for dance. That love took me to making a competitive touring team where we competed all styles all around the states. From then on that touring team brought me many fun opportunities that brought me into starting my professional career at the age of 17.
I graduated high school my junior year from a performing arts highschool based in Utah and went out on a limb to Los Angeles to audition for the first wave of the I AM FORCE company. Along with that I also auditioned for IMMABEAST and ended up being put on the two companies, and that is where my career really started.
I later on that year signed with MSA Agency which led me to doing various jobs with Amazon, Nickelodeon, Fabletics, Rebok, VMA's and so on with other commercial/television jobs. I did many jobs and video projects assisting and being mentored by Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, Dani Vitale, Brian Friedman, Travis wall, Talia Favia, Brittany Cherry, Willdabeast + wife Janelle, Maryanne Chavez, and more.
I am very thankful for my time in LA and all the opportunity to grow it brought me. But I am now excited to start a new chapter of my career with teaching. I really just want to create a motivating, fun, very loving environment for the students to be able to really find themselves."
Dyllan Innes, Hip-hop Teacher
Kay Phillips (Miss Jessica's Mom)
Virtual assistant, accountant & angel.
Kay started her career as a computer scientist working for NASA in Houston TX, soon after having children she transitioned to selling real-estate.
She knows the dance world well after many years of supporting the passions of her 3rd child's dream and souls calling.
She has recently retired completely and lives in Ashville NC with her beloved husband of over 40 years.