Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2018
Derek Drilon grew up in Vancouver, Washington. He began his training at Northwest Classical Ballet (NCB) under the direction of his mother, Maricar Drilon in 2009. During his years at NCB, he performed numerous principal roles in several full-length ballets and contemporary works including international performances in countries such as China, Canada, France, and the Philippines.
Drilon joined the Studio Company of The Joffrey Ballet in 2015, where he danced in The Nutcracker Suite as Cavalier and in Coppelia as Franz. He also performed with the main company in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker (Snow Wind) and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella (Court Couple). In 2016, he joined Boston Ballet under the direction of Mikko Nissinen and associate direction of Peter Stark. With Boston Ballet II, he performed Solor in La Bayadere, George Balanchine’s Haieff Divertimento, the principal couple in Christopher Wheeldon’s The American, and Flames of Paris pas de deux, as well as in the main company ballets such as Ivan Liska’s Le Corsaire, Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, William Forsythe’s Artifact 2017, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, and August Bournonville’s La Sylphide.
In 2016, he was the Grand Prix winner of the Youth America Grand Prix semi-final in Chicago, IL. After moving on to the final round in New York, he was the only male candidate representing the U.S. to place among the top six Senior Men. Drilon was also a competitor in the 2018 XI USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. He recently appeared in Pointe Magazine’s The Trainee & Second Company issue.
Since joining the Joffrey, he has performed in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, Yuri Possokhov’s Anna Karenina, Liam Scarlet’s Vespertine, and Andrea Walker’s HOME. He recently appeared as a Guest Artist with Ballet Philippines for their 50th Anniversary Gala, dancing the role of Albrecht in Giselle at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.