Jim Phillips holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre with additional studies in Opera and Minors in Piano and Dance from Shorter College. He is a member of Actors Equity Association, the professional union for stage actors, and has appeared in classical and contemporary musical theatre, solo recital, major choral and orchestral works, and classical pas de deux on the New York stage, regional theatre, recital halls and cathedrals around the U.S., Europe, and has also danced with Liza Minnelli. He showed horses for over ten years in Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, and Three-Day Eventing. His knowledge and application of both Yoga Narada™ and GYROTONIC® exercises combined with his sense of humor and dedicated personal attention make him a sought after teacher and coach.
For 16 years, he has been on the faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive and has been a guest teacher for ABT’s JKO Professional School teaching Hilary Cartwright's Yoga Narada™
(originally known as Yoga for Dancers.) and Luigi's Jazz technique and style. He has assisted and worked alongside Ms. Cartwright in teaching her yoga for visiting ballet schools, internationally, and her New York classes. He teaches Yoga Narada™ world-wide to people from all walks of life and also works with her teachers in the teacher training program.
He is a Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer and holds certifications on all GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment, extensive working knowledge of the original Floor Units, and additional training in GYROTONIC® Applications for Golf with PGA Tour Instructor David Rasmussen, GYROTONIC® Principles in the Context of Osteopathy with Master Trainer/Osteopath Silvia Frosali D.O., and GYROTONIC® Applications for Pre/Post Operative Hip Replacement (also assisting in this course) with Hilary Cartwright, co-founder with Juliu Horvath of the White Cloud Studio - the original GYROTONIC® studio in New York. He has studied with system creator Juliu Horvath and extensively with Ms. Cartwright.
He was a master teacher for The Sports Club/LA New York at Rockefeller Center and has taught for the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Reebok Sports Club NY, Fluid Fitness, Chelsea Movements, CLAY, The Harvard Club, Broadway Dance Center, NBC Network News Ad Sales, White Cloud Studio Amsterdam, and Bassi Brugnatelli Symposium (Italy).
His clients have included television celebrities, renown film actors, opera singers (including MET Opera), conductors, ballet dancers (Royal Ballet, ABT, New York City Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, Scapino Ballet, Alvin Ailey), ballet students of Gelsey Kirkland, Broadway (TONY Award® winning directors, choreographers, singers, dancers), professional race car drivers, high-fashion models, equestrians, enthusiasts of golf, tennis, swimming, hockey, rowing, muay thai, Olympic weight lifting, triathlons, and more. He has worked with leaders of the legal and financial worlds, children, the elderly, pre and post-natal mothers, scoliosis sufferers, pre and post-surgery (ruptured achilles, dislocated ankle, torn meniscus, knee replacement, pre/post-op hip replacement, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, dislocated shoulder, fractured shoulder, bulging and herniated discs, discectomy, trigger finger, mastectomy, TRAM flap reconstruction) and works regularly with other GYROTONIC® instructors on their work and technique.
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