Derek Phillips

Cowles Center Teaching Artist: 2013-Present

First Year on the Cowles Center Roster: 2013
Arts in Education Programs: Workshops, Dance Without Barriers, MovementWise
Style(s): Modern, Creative Movement, Kathak Classical Northern Indian Dance, Morris English Folk Dance
Teaching Artist Philosophy: “I work to bring dance to a wider audience through education and performance. I enjoy introducing dance to audiences that have limited access.”


Derek Phillips is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and a 1977 graduate of Carleton College. He began his dance career with the Nancy Hauser Dance Company and later toured nationally with the Children’s Theatre Company. Derek has been a roster artist for the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artists-in-Education Program and conducted annual residencies for the Montevideo, Minnesota public schools for over twenty years. He has taught as part of the Dance/Math program at Whittier Community School for the Arts in Minneapolis and instructed and performed for the City Children’s Nutcracker Project. He has also served as Development Assistant for Intermedia Arts’ capital campaign and Adjunct Dance Education Coordinator for the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Currently, Derek is a teaching artist for both the Children’s Theatre Company and The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. He tours internationally with Katha Dance Theatre, performs English country dances with Minnesota Traditional Morris, and is a 2016 recipient of a Minnesota SAGE Award.