Maricar Drilon



  • Ballet Philippines (formerly CCP Dance Company)
  • University of Philippines majoring in Theater Arts

Professional Experience

  • Principal Dancer Ballet Philippines performing internationally
  • Performed in Ballet Philippines’ National Tour
  • First Soloist at Ballet West
  • Principal Dancer at Eugene Ballet
  • Principal Dancer at Nevada Ballet
  • Principal Dancer at Oregon Ballet Theater
  • Founding Artistic Director of Northwest Classical Ballet
  • Academy Principal for the Barbara Barrington Jones Faily Foundation Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point


  • Pilates
  • Gyrotonic®
  • Progressing Ballet Technique

Maricar is an established and world-traveled professional ballerina who has performed as a principal dancer in performances in Russia, Greece, Germany, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, and more. Maricar served as artistic director for Northwest Classical Ballet and later Academy Principal  for the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point before joining Central Utah Ballet.

Maricar Drilon was born in the Philippines and received her early training from her mother, Mercedes L. Drilon. She continued her training with Ballet Philippines (formerly CCP Dance Company), under the direction of Alice Reyes. She joined the company in 1979 and was promoted to Principal Dancer at the age 18, performing principal roles such as Juliet in Alice Reyes’ choreography of “Romeo and Juliet,” Margo Sappington’s “Rodin Mis En Vie,” Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in “The Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Raymonda,” “Swan Lake,” “The Voyages of Odysseus,” “Don Quixote,” among others. She performed internationally with Ballet Philippines in Russia, Greece, Germany, France, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, as well as in the Ballet Philippines’ National Tour.

She attended University of the Philippines majoring in Theater Arts while pursuing her dance career with Ballet Philippines.

In 1984, Maricar joined Ballet West under the direction of Bruce Marks and was promoted to first soloist. She performed soloist roles in Mr. Christensen’s “The Nutcracker,” Andre Prokovsky’s “ Vespri,” and “Sleeping Beauty” to mention a few.

Maricar moved to Oregon in 1987 and joined Eugene Ballet as a principal dancer, under the direction of Toni Pimble. She danced principal roles in “The Nutcracker,” “Giselle,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Cinderella,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Bolero,” “Silent Movie,” “Children of the Raven,” and “Petrushka.” She then moved to Long Beach, California and joined L A Classical Ballet as a soloist, under the direction of David Wilcox, and performed soloist roles in “The Nutcracker,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Coppelia,” “Harlequinade,” “Aymara,” and “Ravelesque.”

After moving to Las Vegas, Nevada, Maricar joined Nevada Ballet Theatre (formerly Nevada Dance Theater), as a principal dancer, under the direction of Vasili Sulich.

She returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1993 and joined Oregon Ballet Theatre, under the direction of James Canfield and performed the principal role of Clara in the world premiere of Mr. Canfield’s “The Nutcracker,” Bebe Miller’s “A Certain Depth of Heart…Also Love,” Karole Armitage’s “Poised At the Edge of Chaos.” She stayed with Oregon Ballet Theatre till the birth of her son, Derek.

Noted choreographers that she has worked with include: Alice Reyes, Vakhtang Chabukiani, Norman Walker, Sir Kenneth Gillespie , Mr. William Christensen, Mikhail Kukharev, Luminita Dumitrescu, Bebe Miller, Karole Armitage, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, James Canfield, Bruce Marks, Andre Prokovsky, Toni Pimble, Dennis Spaight, Robert Sund, and Mark Morris among others.

She became the Founding Artistic Director of Northwest Classical Ballet (formerly Washington State Ballet) in 2000, where she choreographed and set numerous full-length ballets, including “The Nutcracker,” “Giselle,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Don Quixote,” “Cinderella,” “Swan Lake,” “Paquita,” and “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” to name a few.

In 2014, she took a group of dancers to perform in Ballet Philippines’ 45th Anniversary Gala. In the summer of 2015, she returned to the Philippines with another group of dancers as featured artists in the first international C-Map Festival.

In June of 2018, Maricar relocated back to Utah after accepting the position of Academy Principal  for the Barbara Barrington Jones Family Foundation Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point, until June of 2020.

Maricar is also a certified instructor in Pilates, Gyrotonic® and most recently in Progressing Ballet Technique.

This is her first season working with Central Utah Ballet, teaching private sessions in Pilates,  Gyrotonic® , as well as teaching Ballet classes. She is also a faculty member at Barlow Arts Conservatory of Dance.