New York artist in residence at Dance Theatre Northwest


Richard Philion, guest artist from New York, NY, is currently in residence at Dance Theatre Northwest (DTNW) and will be teaching as a master teacher in regularly scheduled ballet, jazz, and musical theatre jazz classes for two weeks beginning Thursday, Jan. 3. Originally from British Columbia, 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” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Philion had performed in conjunction with 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 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vladivostok, Russia.

DTNW studios are located at 2811 Bridgeport Way W., #24, University Place, WA 98466. Visit for more information or call (253) 778-6534.

The Winter Class Session at DTNW is ongoing from Jan. 3 and continues year round. DTNW offers students age four through teen and adults of all ages a variety of ongoing classes, training and performance opportunities. Programs range from creative movement to instruction in classical ballet, Pointe, partnering, musical theatre, jazz, tap, dance exercise and Vinyasa Yoga for those of varying abilities and interest levels. Fees for group classes range from $7-$16 per classroom hour. Winter enrollments are currently being accepted and the 2019 winter session begins Jan. 3. To register, for directions to the location or any questions, contact DTNW at (253) 778-6534. Visit their website at or email

Dance Theatre Northwest is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our goal is to provide American contemporary dance performances and ballet-based dance education; to maintain artistic integrity; and to offer the community an opportunity to experience dance as an important art form.

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