Phillip Velinov

Born in Bulgaria’s capital, Phillip began training at the State Choreographic School in Sofia, later transferring to the Alabama School of Fine Arts on a full scholarship. Following graduation, he joined the Alabama Ballet and won the first full performing arts scholarship in the 150-year history of Birmingham-Southern College completing B.A. in Dance with honors. Maestro Rumen Rachev, Dame Sonia Arova, Thor Sutowsky, Professor Mira Popovich, Vladilen Simeonov, Irina Kolpakova, Bruce Simpson, Alun Jones and Helen Starr have all played an instrumental role in shaping Phillip as an artist. 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 (Giselle), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), The Golden Slave (Scheherazade); The Nutcracker, Sugar Plum Cavalier, Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker); Nana the dog (Peter Pan), Basilio, Espada, Gamache, Lorenzo (Don Quixote), Carabosse (Sleeping Beauty), Doctor Coppelius (Coppélia); Puck (Midsummer Night’s Dream); Balanchine’s Agon; Lila York’s Celts; Twyla Tharp’s “That’s Life” (Nine Sinatra Songs).