Adam Sage: Artistic Director/ Founder
Adam Sage founded Missouri Ballet Theatre after enjoying a nearly three-decade performing, teaching, coaching and choreographic career that spanned four continents. He is the Artistic Director of Missouri Ballet Theatre and has served as artistic director of Virginia School of the Arts, school director and ballet master for Nashville Ballet and interim artistic director of the National Dance Company of Bophuthatswana in Southern Africa.
He began his more than twenty years on stage at the age of seventeen with the California Ballet in his hometown of San Diego, before moving on to dance with Ballet West, Ballet Memphis and as Guest Artist with Nashville Ballet. Internationally, he has been a principal dancer with such companies as Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Philippines, N.A.P.A.C. Dance Company and the National Dance Company of Bophuthatswana in South Africa.
He has had the honor of dancing at some of the most prestigious theaters in the world including the Opera House at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Hong Kong Cultural Center and in command performances at the Cultural Center of the Philippines for President Ferdinand Marcos & First Lady Imelda Marcos.
Ballet Master Emeritus
Mr. Philander served as Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer for MBT until his passing in October of 2015.
His presence in and out of the studio is missed by all who knew him. We continue to honor his memory and his love and passion for ballet each and every day.
August 14, 1960 – October 4, 2015