Philip Deal (Nidhan Jot Singh), native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an internationally renowned classical and contemporary dancer. He is an award winning choreographer and teacher, whose works have been commissioned by dance companies, schools, and professional dancers in the United States and abroad. At 10, Philip followed Jazz Master Frank Hatchett to NYC to train under him at the Broadway Dance Center while studying at Wiest-Barron school of TV. At 14, he received his training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. and toured with the Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg Russia across America for three years performing as a soloist in The Nutcracker while spending his summer time at School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer’s Program NYC. At the age of 16, Philip was the youngest full-ranking soloist in the history of the Komische Oper in Berlin, Germany. At 18, he was the youngest ever and only American ever to win a medal at the Concours International de Danse de Paris performing original choreography by Mia Michaels. In 2002, he taught ballet at STEPS on Broadway in New York City in its International Young Dancers Program. Philip has taught master classes and judged at regional and national dance competitions such as Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America and Aspire. Philip is the only artist to be featured on the front page of the Virginia Pilot as a cover story, the pilot is circulated at 160,000 issues daily.
Yoga, Pilates, Parkour
Philip is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and Continuing Education Provider for the Yoga Alliance and received his 200 hour certification through YogaFit Training Systems. He received his advanced, 500 hour, training under Master Adam Nguyen, a descendant of Quang Trung Nguyen Hue, the 18th century Vietnamese King and Yoga Master at the International Yoga Institute in Virginia Beach. He has practiced Tantra with Hot Nude Yoga creator Aaron Star. He is also a certified Aerial Yoga instructor (aerial hammock) with Atmosphere Fitness. Philip is a certified Pilates mat instructor through PilatesFit. Philip completed the Animal Flow Coach workshop with Mike Fitch owner of Global Body Weight Training. Philip is a Level 2 certified Parkour instructor with USA Parkour a subdivision of the World Freerunning & Parkour Federation. He attended and completed the A.D.A.P.T. (Art du Deplacement and Parkour Teaching) assistant coach program, the only approved training by the original Yamakasi - the founders of Parkour.
Pole Fitness, Aerial Fitness
Philip began Pole Dancing when he was a featured dancer living in in North Carolina at Chasers Nightclub. He received his Pole Fitness certification through Crunch Gym, NYC X-Pert Teacher Training under Kyra Johannesen. He has competed in pole nationally at the American Pole Fitness Championships, National Aerial Pole Art, and Polesque. In November 2012 he won the silver medal at the Southern Pole Championships in Houston, Texas in the senior dramatic division. He took the silver medal at National Aerial Pole Art in the 2014 men's division. He won gold in the pro male division at the Supershag Boston Pole Fitness Chapionships 2014. He has judged national competitions for Pole Sport Organization, U.S. Aerial, and the Midwest Pole Dance Championships. He has taught hand balancing and performed at International Pole Convention. He is the founder of Mr. Pole Dance America.
Philip lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts and is busy designing and facilitating teacher training certifications and workshops in Yoga, Reiki, Aerial, and Barre fitness. His Guru is Mahan Kalpa Singh Khalsa and studies Kundalini Yoga under him. Philip's spiritual name is Nidhan Jot Singh. Nidhan means treasure. Jot means light. All males receive the name Singh -- the Lion of God who walks with grace and courage throughout his life.