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
Dyllan Innes started tap dancing when she was 8 years old, and it was oddly enough the only style of dance she enjoyed up until about the age of 11.
She started doing all styles of dance around that time and found true love and passion for dance. That love took her to make a competitive touring team where she competed for all styles all around the states. From then on that touring team brought many fun opportunities that brought her into starting her professional career at the age of 17.
She graduated high school my junior year from a performing arts high school 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 she also auditioned for IMMABEAST and ended up being put on the two companies, and that is where her career really started.
Later on, that year she signed with MSA Agency which led her to do various jobs with Amazon, Nickelodeon, Fabletics, Rebok, VMA's, and so on with other commercial/television jobs. Dyllan 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.
Dyllan is very thankful for the time in LA and all the opportunity to grow it brought. But is now excited to start a new chapter of her career with teaching. She really just wants to create a motivating, fun, very loving environment for the students to be able to really find themselves.
Dyllan Innes, Teacher
ballet /ˈbaleɪ,-li/ noun
Ballet can be defined as a type of dancing where carefully organized movements tell a story or express an idea or a theatre work that uses this type of dancing’ (Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary).
But at The Royal Ballet School ballet is not just about dancing, ideas, and stories – it’s a way of life.
Beyond preparation for theatrical performance, our training gives students discipline and focus, it strengthens their minds and bodies and shapes their aspirations. It also gives them lifelong friendships.
Where did ballet originate?
Ballet developed during the European Renaissance (c 1400-1600), most notably in France, first at the court of Catherine de Medici (1519-89), and later at that of Louis XIV (1638-1715).
King Louis was an accomplished dancer; he famously portrayed the role of the sun-god Apollo in extravagant court ballets, becoming known as ‘The Sun King’. In 1661 he founded the world’s earliest ballet academy, where ballet technique was first codified. This is why ballet terms and expressions are in French to this day.
During the 18th century, the ballet was transformed from the formal (and formulaic) court ballets of the Renaissance into a more fluid and expressive theatrical art form, known as ballet d’action.
Since then ballet has developed and diversified: modern ballet encompasses a wide range of abstract and narrative forms, and many traditional, contemporary, and fusion styles.
Today’s ballet dancers must still master the technical and stylistic requirements of the Classical repertoire; this solid grounding enables them to tackle the more overtly athletic and experimental demands of new works.