Dance Specialty: Popping, Dancing, Tutting

Phillip Chbeeb

Hometown: Houston, TX

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 29

Phillip Chbeeb has had no formal dance training, but he began dancing when he was 15 years old. At age 16, he found the Marvelous Motion Studio in Houston. He is currently an engineering physics major at Loyola Marymount University.

Born on November 30, 1988, Phillip (nicknamed PacMan) is a dancer residing Los Angeles but was originally from Houston, Texas. In So You Think You Can Dance, he was previously partnered with contemporary dancer Jeanine Mason who turned out to be the winner, until week 5, when Phillip was eliminated. An announcement by executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said that Phillip and the female dancer also eliminated in week 5, Caitlin Kinney, would be going on tour with rest of the crew.

Phillip had previously auditioned for the show during Season 3, but was cut in Vegas Week. He returned in Season 4 and once again made it to Vegas, but contracted pneumonia and was unable to compete. He later danced on the season finale against Robert Muraine.

Phillip's quote on dancing: "I started dancing around 15 years old, actually, pretty late. Instantly fell in love with hip hop dance and popping, mostly just 'cause it seemed like almost unreal what some of the people could do. It seemed almost unnatural, and I really kind of enjoyed the creativity that was in the art form, so, I jumped into that, and I've just been trying to progress and get better ever since then. For me there wasn't necessarily a performance that stood out as my first performance, 'cause I was just one of those kids that danced at the school dance and just tried to break it down in circles. I think my first battle as a popper, I think was one of the biggest experiences for me, because it was just a funny experience for me. I wore clothes that were way too big for me the entire time, and it was just the first confrontation with the one-on-one battle kind of mentality, trying to out-do the other person, and, I don't know, it was just a crazy experience for me."