Performing in "Gated Lies " - Philly Fringe Festival - Photo: Bill Hebert
Barry Kerollis Freelance Artist: Choreographer, Dance Educator, Podcaster, Blogger


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 works as Artistic Director of Movement Headquarters Ballet Company, 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. 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 achievement, 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.

Dancers in Barry’s classes have performed with/in: Mariinsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Trockadero, Los Angeles Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Hamilton (Broadway), Mean Girls (Broadway), Carousel (Broadway), Lion King (Broadway)An American in Paris (Broadway), Anastasia (Broadway), The King and I (Broadway), in national tours, and more.

Performance Career Companies: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Rochester City Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, Alaska Dance Theatre, Barak Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Oakland Ballet, “Works and Process” at the Guggenheim Museum, Joyce Theater (NYC), First State Ballet Theatre’s “Arabesque Festival” gala, Seiskaya Ballet’s “BESFI Scholarship Gala,” and the Vail International Dance Festival.

Performance Credits: Romeo in MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet, Puck in Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mercutio in Maillot’s Romeo et Juliette, the Don Quixote pas de deux in the Arabesque Festival gala, the Grand Pas de Deux in Leverett’s The Nutcracker, Cassio in Duran’s Othello, and leading roles in works by Balanchine, Barak, Connor, Dove, Forsythe, Gibson, Ketley, Kylian, Morris, Quijada, Robbins, Seiwert, Stroman, and Tharp. Barry also created original roles in works by Anderson, Caniparoli, Duran, Jeffrey, Landon, McIntyre, Moses, Neenan, Rudd, Scher, Seiwert, and Welch.