Is the holder of more gold medals than any other American dancer. He has been named “golden boy of ballet” by leading publications. He studied at the American Ballet School from 1999 to 2000. On graduating he completed an summer intensive program at the American Ballet Theatre in New York where he studied with M. Heiden in 2001. After that he entered the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied from 2001 to 2003 with G. Pandi. From 2003 to 2006 he worked with Ballet San Fransisco; from 2006 to 2008 with Ballet Miami; from 2009 to 2013 with the American Ballet Theatre. Since 2013 he has been a principal dancer of the State Primorsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Since 2016 he has worked in the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky theatre. He is also a Guest soloist of Carolina Ballet (Raleigh, North Carolina) as well as a Guest Artist with Ballet Manila. Joseph Phillips studied with: N. Danilov, S. Isaev, W. Conover, С. Маккалоу, D. Nobel, F. Smith, F Cordell, K. Spizzo, E. Villella. He has studied contemporary dance with: M. Diamond, J Houlihan, S. Nils, T. Cassey, B. Daniels, D. Markem, S. Sullivan.
He has taken part in the following gala-concerts: Life Chance Gala (2003, Columbia, South Carolina); Gala-Concert for the 25th anniversary of the International USAIBC Ballet Competition (2004); Stars of Ballet Gala-Concert (2005, Mexico City, Mexico); Youth America Grand Prix Gala-Concert (2006, 2007, 2009, New York); Ballet San Francisco Gala-Concert, Lincoln Centre, National Theatre (2006, New York); Gala di Danza, Dei Due Mondi Festival (2006, Spoleto, Italy); Concert for Fernando Bujones Bravo Bujones (2006, Orlando, Florida); Gala-concert for Melissa Hayden (2006, Winston-Salem, North Carolina); La Danza en la Republica Dominicana (2007, Santo-Domingo, Dominican Republic); Stars of World Ballet Gala-Concert (2007, Cincinnati, Ohio).
He was given the honour of lighting the Olympic Flame at the opening ceremony of the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, 2006.