Artistic Director | Barry Kerollis

Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, dance educator, and media personality based in New York City. He enjoyed a 13 year performance career dancing leading roles with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, and as a Principal Guest Artist for companies around the country. He currently teaches on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, writes for Dance Media publications, and hosts the Pas de Chát: Talking Dance podcast on the Premier Dance Network. Barry and his work have been featured extensively in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Inside Dance, and Pointe.

As a dance-maker, Barry has received commissions from Columbia Ballet Collaborative, CelloPointe, Uptown Dance Company, the Men in Dance festival, and top prize winners attending international ballet competitions. In 2014, he was selected out of over 60 international applicants to choreograph at the National Choreographers Initiative at the University of California – Irvine. He was a finalist at both the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival and the Visions Choreographic Competition and received an Outstanding Choreographer award at Youth America Grand Prix. Beyond these achievements, his works have been performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet and at Steps on Broadway, Mark Morris Dance Center, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Alaska Dance Theatre (in collaboration with the Alaska Native Heritage Center).

Barry continues to shape dancers as an educator in both ballet and contemporary techniques. His students have danced in major ballet companies, Broadway productions, and at prestigious summer intensives. While working as Interim Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre and at Greenwich Ballet Academy, Barry developed a systematic curriculum to train classical ballet dancers in contemporary dance. Additionally, he has taught class for organization’s including Pennsylvania Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Koresh Dance Company, and Second Avenue Dance Company (NYU’s Tisch school). He also teaches master classes at conventions and schools around the world.

Outside the studio, Barry has been recognized as an influencer by Dance/USA. Since 2012, he has shared educational dance content as a writer for Dance Media publications, speaking for Gibney Dance and Actors Fund/Dancers Resource, through his Pas de Chát: Talking Dance podcast, and as a popular blogger. Dance Magazine has recognized him as an artist using new media to connect with audiences. In 2014, he was named on a list of 49 Creative Geniuses that Use Blogging to Promote Their Art on Boost Blog Traffic. Additionally, Barry has written articles for Dance/USA and the American Guild of Musical Artists magazine.