After a 23-year tenure with New York City Ballet, 17 years as a principal dancer, Philip Neal was invited by The George Balanchine Trust and The Jerome Robbins Rights Trust to become a repetiteur, staging the ballets of both legendary choreographers throughout the world. He has also successfully embarked on choreographic ventures, having crafted five original commissions for Richmond Ballet and participated in both the New York Choreographic Institute and the National Choreographers Initiative. Neal is a guest instructor for numerous international dance companies and schools, including Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the School of American Ballet. He is a dance panelist/mentor for National YoungArts Organization, and an adjudicator/master teacher for Youth America Grand Prix. In 2015, Neal was appointed the Artistic Director of Next Generation Ballet (NGB) & Dance Dean of the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center in Tampa FL, one the largest performing arts center in the United States. Neal directs the award winning pre-professional training division (the official dance company of the Straz Center), producing full-scale productions such as The Nutcracker, Giselle and Don Quixote, while simultaneously overseeing the open enrollment academy of nearly 250 students. Alumni of NBG have graduated to prestigious academies and companies such as The Royal Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and The Royal Danish Ballet.