Philip Boyd trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, where he specialised in ballet and music. He trained at the University of Cape Town Ballet School and graduated in 1976 with distinctions. Philip joined CAPAB Ballet in 1978 and a year later danced his first principal role as Albrecht, in David Poole’s production of the ballet ‘Giselle’.
Philip was a principal dancer with CAPAB for 23 years and has danced all the great leading roles in the classical ballet repertoire performing in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Zimbabwe and London.
In 1991, he decided it was time to pass on the knowledge and experience he had gained from his professional career and decide to offer something that would bring hope and purpose to the lives of underprivileged children. The outreach programme, started under the auspices of CAPAB Ballet, was called Ballet for All. While continuing to perform principal roles with the company, Philip started teaching classes in Gugulethu. During this time, he initiated the development of Gugulethu’s Masikhanye Centre as a place of creative activities. As Dance for All grew with the addition of contemporary and African dance styles, the programme’s name was changed to Dance for All in 1995.
In 1997, Philip started the David Poole Trust, as a vehicle through which to raise funds for the programme, realising that there was so much more to be done, and that Dance for All needed to develop its own identity. In March 2002, Philip ended his long association with what had by then become Cape Town City Ballet. The same year, he was named Artistic Director of Dance for All.
In 2008 Philip was appointed as Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, and through his positive leadership and untiring energy in promoting dance in the Western Cape, he has taken the organisation to new heights. Among the highlights are the expansion of Dance for All’s outreach programme to the rural areas of Barrydale, Montagu and Robertson.