Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, dance educator, speaker, and social media expert based out of both New York City and Philadelphia. He currently works as Ballet and Contemporary faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, and manages the contemporary dance department at Greenwich Ballet Academy. He has choreographed for numerous organizations, held the position of Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre, hosts the Pas de Chát: Talking Dance podcast on the Premier Dance Network, and runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.
Barry began his professional career with Houston Ballet. The following season he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he danced leading and featured roles for seven seasons and worked as a delegate for the American Guild of Musical Artists. After one season as a Principal with Ballet X, Barry spent 4 years traveling the nation as a Principal Guest Artist.
As a dance-maker, Barry has been commissioned by the Columbia Ballet Collaborative at Columbia University (NYC), CelloPointe (NYC), Uptown Dance Company (Houston), and the Men in Dance festival (Seattle). 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’s 18th annual Choreography Festival and the 2nd annual Visions Choreographic Competition. Mr. Kerollis has also received an Outstanding Choreographer award at Youth America Grand Prix. Beyond these achievement, Barry has created works for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Alaska Dance Theatre (in collaboration with the Alaska Native Heritage Center), Pulse Dance Company, and four works for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual Next Step choreographers showcase. Barry created and directed “Core-ography: A Global Dance Storytelling Project,” a mini-documentary style web series that shares professional dancer’s life-defining stories through revealing interviews and movement.
Barry continues to shape professional and pre-professional dancers as an educator in both ballet and contemporary techniques. Beyond his current positions, he held the position of Interim Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre, where he also ran the pre-professional division of their school. He has also taught for Eugene Ballet, Koresh Dance Company, National Choreographers Initiative, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and Second Avenue Dance Company (NYU’s Tisch school). Additionally, he has given master classes for the pre-professional division at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet and many other organizations around the country. In 2015, Barry founded the AK-BK Contemporary Ballet Workshop, an intensive program for pre-professional students, to offer advanced level training for the underserved dance communities in Southcentral Alaska. Mr. Kerollis continues to work as a guest instructor offering master classes internationally for an array of students.
Outside of the studio, Barry is recognized nationally as a social media expert and has spoken about dance, media, and marketing for numerous organizations. He has written for and been featured in Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. He was also featured in Inside Dance magazine (March/April 2017) for their regular Teacher for Teacher segment. Original media work of Barry’s includes maintaining his previously noted podcast and blog. Barry has been invited as a guest speaker and has run educational workshops for the Actors Fund | Dancers Resource, Gibney Dance’s Dancers Economic Empowerment Program, and at Hunter College (CUNY). Dance Magazine has recognized him as an “artist using new media to connect with audiences” and Dance/USA has called him an “Influencer in Dance and Social Media.” In January 2014, he was named on a list of 49 Creative Geniuses that Use Blogging to Promote Their Art by Boost Blog Traffic. Additionally, Barry has written articles for Dance/USA and the American Guild of Musical Artists magazine, and has been featured in additional periodicals; Pointe, Dance Spirit, & Dance Informa magazines, dance documentary; Dancing Across Borders, dance book; Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear, Jordan Matter’s blog for New York Times Best Seller; Dancer’s Among Us, and Bob Rizzo’s instructional dance video; Ballet with Style.
(Dancers in Barry’s classes have performed with/in: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, Los Angeles Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, An American in Paris (Broadway), Anastasia (Broadway), The King and I (Broadway), and more)
(Company/Festival Credits: 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)