Phyllis Rothwell-Affrunti



Phyllis began her training at Chapel Hill Ballet School in North Carolina and continued at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet under the direction of Hortensia Fonseca, Michelle Lees, and Eric Hampton. As one of 20 dancers picked from across the country, she spent three summers at the Chautauqua Institute studying with Jean Piere Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, and Violette Verdy. At 17, Phyllis was accepted on full scholarship to The Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and performed with Pennsylvania Ballet in company roles.

She has danced for Southern Ballet Theatre and as a principal at Charleston Ballet Theatre, Eugene Ballet, and now Ballet Idaho. Her most noted roles include Giselle, Cinderella, Carmen, Juliet, Kitri, Odette, Aurora, and Sugar Plum. Contemporary works including a collaboration with Eugene Ballet and “Pink Martini” and principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Tarantella, Who Cares?, and Allegro Brilliante. She has performed with Boise’s Project Flux and LED. She is the co-artistic director of the Boise Dance Co-Op. This is her 14th season with Ballet Idaho.