Dance Theatre Northwest presents master class series with Richard Philion


Richard Philion, guest artist from New York, NY, is currently in residence at Dance Theatre Northwest and will be teaching in a master series as well as in regularly scheduled ballet and theatre jazz classes through Aug. 11. On the evening of his last day there will be a performance at the University Place Atrium highlighting his dancing and choreography. The performance will be free and open to the public. Dance Theatre Northwest dancers Katherine Neumann, Oceana Thunder and Neil Alexander will also be featured. Other choreography including Broadway style tap and musical theatre style dance, ballet and contemporary pieces by DTNW’s Artistic Director, Melanie Kirk-Stauffer will also be on the line-up.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Philion trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. He had the opportunity to perform with the National Ballet of Canada numerous times, including the world premiere of John Alleyne’s “Tristan and Isolde,” and was one of the first male dancers to achieve his advanced certification in the Cecchetti method of ballet in Western Canada.

Other career highlights have included productions of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Promises, Promises,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Sweet Charity,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Beauty and the Beast,” Jean Ann Ryan Productions, Royal Caribbean Productions, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Sarah Berges Contemporary Dance, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Galan Entertainment’s Tango Buenos Aires and the APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia.

Philion will also perform and showcase his choreography at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 with Dance Theatre Northwest at the University Place Civic Center Atrium at 3609 Market Place (36th and Bridgeport Way W) University Place. Visit for more information or call (253) 778-6534.

The master class series at Dance Theatre Northwest is ongoing from through Aug.10 and includes: advanced and intermediate ballet, Mon. and Wed., 2:15-4 p.m.; intermediate theater and jazz, Tue. and Thur. 2:15-4 p.m. Cost is $30 class or $100 for four.

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