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Phillip B. Stephens -- America's 2nd ever Native Born ISTD Examiner
Phillip has been teaching dancers to excel since 1972. He is a Fellow and Examiner for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), a worldwide dance teachers organization founded in London, England, in 1904. On October 9, 2000, Phillip underwent the ISTD Examiner's Assessment administered at ISTD World Headquarters in London. He then became the 2nd native-born American to hold a post as an ISTD Examiner, and feels extremely honored in being appointed to that post.
Phillip is a former treasurer for and past president of the US ISTD, and currently serves on the US ISTD Board of Trustees. Through the US & UK ISTD, Phillip holds a Licentiate Degree in Theater Arts and ISTD Viennese Waltz, Fellowship Degrees in American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Ballroom and International Latin styles of dance. Also a member of the England-based International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) Phillip holds IDTA Fellowship Degrees in International Latin and Ballroom dancing and an IDTA Licentiate Degree in Viennese Waltz.
Phillip has performed on stage in such works as “200 Years of Dancing in America” and as the principal in “The King and I”, and he regularly writes commentary regarding “Dancing With The Stars” and his work is often linked to the ABC blogs about that show. Phillip has also been a featured contributor for dance articles in the Houston Chronicle and he has written two books on dance technique. He has taught students at all levels, competed in many competitions and performed in numerous shows.
Registered as a Championship-level Adjudicator with the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), Phillip has judged at many events around the country, including the North American Championships, the Imperial Star Championships, the Ohio Star Ball, the Heart of America Championships and even the US Dance Sport Championships. Also registered with the World Dance & Dance Sport Council (WD&DSC), Phillip has judged events such as the 2003 IDO World Championships held in Berne, Switzerland.
In addition to judging all levels of competition, he has performed the roles of Chairman of Judges and Competition Invigilator.