Born in Fremont, California, 16-year-old Isabella Phillips is the youngest (and only daughter) of four children. She began her dance training at age eight at Coastal Dance in Pismo Beach and continued at San Francisco Ballet School, where she performed in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker from 2009 to 2014, Coppelia in 2011, and Don Quixote in 2012. In 2014, she joined the New Ballet School (then known as Silicon Valley Ballet School). There, she danced with the Silicon Valley Ballet company as a Snowflake in Karen Gabay’s Nutcracker in 2015 and as a Wili in the US premier of Alicia Alonso’s Giselle in 2016. Isabella’s summer training includes programs at Joffrey Ballet Chicago in 2009; Panama in 2009 and 2010, studying with Ms. Yoira Esquivel Brito and Madame Amparo Brito from National Ballet of Cuba; and Ellison Ballet, New York City, in 2013 on full scholarship. In June 2014, she was also offered a full scholarship at the Ballet Philippines. Apart from dance, Isabella is a self-taught pianist and has learned guitar from her dad. Academically, she’s at the top of her class in New Haven Unified School District Independent Study in Union City, California.