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Barry Kerollis Freelance Artist: Choreographer, Dance Educator, Podcaster, Blogger


Barry Kerollis

Choreographer/Dance Educator/Speaker/Social Media Expert
Host of Pas de Chat:Talking Dance Podcast
Creator of Life of a Freelance Dancer & Dancing Offstage blogs

Based out of New York City


Professional Employment:

Freelance Artist Choreographer, Dance Educator, Speaker, Social Media Expert July 2011 – present
Freelance Writer Dance Media Publications (Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Pointe, Dance Spirit) June 2018 – present
Freelance Performance Artist Principal Guest Artist July 2011 – May 2016
Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) Corps de Ballet July 2004 – June 2011
Houston Ballet Apprentice July 2003 – June 2004

Choreographic Experience

18th Annual Choreography Festival – McCallum Theatre – Finalist – 2015

Visions Choreographic Competition – Finalist – 2015

Youth America Grand Prix – Outstanding Choreographer Award – 2015, Outstanding School Award (Greenwich Ballet Academy) – 2018, Student commission won NYC Grand Prix award (Elisabeth Beyer) – 2018

National Choreographers Initiative – Selected as choreographer – 2014

Original Choreography:

Rite – A Modern Ritual Mark Morris – Shared Space 2019
Of The Essence (Commission) Elisabeth Beyer (Top Prize Winner at YAGP, Moscow IBC, USA IBC) 2018
Undecidedly Solo (Commission) CelloPointe – New York, NY 2017
Disenabled (Commission) Uptown Dance Company – Houston, TX 2017
Glass Flow (Commission) Uptown Dance Company II – Houston, TX 2017
Diagnosis (Commission) Columbia Ballet Collaborative – New York, NY 2017
Core-ography Global Dance Storytelling Project – Film 2015
Spirit – The 7th Fire of Alaska Alaska Dance Theatre in collaboration with the Alaska Native Heritage Center 2014
Distinct Perception National Choreographers Initiative 2014
Gated Lies Philly Fringe Festival 2012
It Gets Better PNB Choreographer’s Showcase 2011
Cypher Men in Dance festival – Seattle, WA 2010
The Anxiety Variations PNB Choreographer’s Showcase 2010
Pariah PNB Choreographer’s Showcase 2009
Basic Disaster PNB Choreographer’s Showcase 2008

Teaching Experience

Broadway Dance Center Permanent Faculty – Ballet & Contemporary, Absolute Beginner & Dance Teacher Workshop Instructor 2016-Present
Steps on Broadway Guest Faculty – Ballet & Contemporary 2016-Present
Greenwich Ballet Academy Contemporary Dance Department Head 2016-2019
School of Pennsylvania Ballet – Pre-Pro Division Master Class Instructor – Ballet & Contemporary 2017
Columbia Ballet Collaborative (Columbia University) Guest Company Class Instructor 2017
Second Avenue Dance Company (New York University Tisch School) Guest Contemporary Dance Instructor 2017
AK-BK Contemporary Ballet Workshop – Anchorage, AK Summer Intensive – Founder 2015, 2016
University of the Arts – Philadelphia Guest Contemporary Instructor 2016
Peridance Capezio Center Guest Contemporary Instructor 2015-2016
Millennium Dance Complex Ballet & Contemporary Instructor 2014-2015
Alaska Dance Theatre Interim Artistic Director/Pre-Professional Program Director 2014
Koresh Dance Company Open/Company Class Instructor 2012-2017
Eugene Ballet Guest Company Class Instructor
National Choreographers Initiative Guest Company Class Instructor
Los Angeles Ballet Academy Master Class Instructor
Delaware Valley Dance Academy Master Class Instructor
Gwendolyn Bye Center for Dance Master Class Instructor
Mid-Atlantic Ballet Summer Intensive Faculty
Academy of International Ballet Master Class Instructor
Penn Dance – U of Penn. Dance Co Master Class Instructor
Chester Valley Dance Academy Master Class Instructor
Philadelphia Dance Theatre Master Class Instructor
Philadelphia Dance Academy Master Class Instructor


Specializing in classical/neo-classical technique, Contemporary technique, pointe technique, and partnering classes.

Social Media/Media Work:

Dance Media Publications (2018 – Present) Writings published in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Freelance Writer
Life of a Freelance Dancer Over 325,000 worldwide views Blog
Pas de Chat: Talking Dance Available on iTunes & Premiere Dance Network – 50k downloads annually Podcast
Core-ography: A Global Dance Storytelling Project Available on Youtube Web Series
Career/Social Media Marketing Workshop Hunter College Dance Department – CUNY – New York, NY Workshop Curator
“Get Your Way – Contract Negotiations” Gibney Dance – Dancers Economic Empowerment Program – New York, NY Guest Speaker
“Managing the Freelance Life” The Dancers Resource|Actors Fund @ Gibney Dance – New York, NY Guest Speaker


Print – East Meets West – Hong Kong Ballet profile  Pointe Summer 2019
Print Feature and Author – The ConversationDollars & Nonsense Dance Magazine (Print), Dance Teacher Magazine (Online) October 2018
Online Feature and Author – How I Grew to Love Teaching Adult Ballet Classes Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine 2018
Author – The Non-Dancer Husbands and Wives Who Swept Dancers Off Their Feet Dance Magazine 2018
Online Feature and Author – From the Male Perspective – Should I Teach Hands-On? Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe, Dance Network 2017
Online Feature and Author – Why I Became a Dancing “Super Commuter” Dance Magazine 2017
Print Feature – Teacher for Teacher Inside Dance magazine March/April 2017
Recognized as an Influencer in Social Media Dance/USA 2016
Online Feature – Your Guide to the Latest Ballet Podcasts Dance Magazine 2016
Print Feature – Breaking the Fourth Wall: Dancers Using New Media to Get Closer to Audiences Dance Magazine February 2016
Print Feature – Your Body, Your Health Care Dance Magazine January 2014
Named one of “49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Art Boost Blog Traffic 2014
Online Feature – Going Nutty with Multiple Nutcracker Gigs? Dance Informa 2014
Online Feature – Auditioning by Video Dance Informa 2014
Online Feature and Author – Social Media Whore versus Savvy Self-Brander Dance USA 2013
Online Feature and Author – Ballet’s Biggest Annual Party: Freelancing the Nutcracker Dance USA 2013
Print Feature and Author – Talking Health Insurance AGMAzine – American Guild of Musical Artists 2014 & 2018
Print Feature and Author – Crossing the Border Curate This – Philly 2017
Featured on Dancers Among Us blog NY Times Bestseller – photography by Jordan Matter Featured Artist
Where Snowflakes Dance & Swear Book Featured dancer
Dancing Across Borders Film Documentary
Ballet with Style Produced by Bob Rizzo Instructional Video
Finalist Youth America Grand Prix – NYC 2001
Best Male Dancer Award Youth America Grand Prix – Philadelphia 2001
Live Television Appearance ABC Alaska Solo performance

Performance Experience
Leading Roles:

A Night in Tunisia Anderson Company C Contemporary Ballet Lead Couple
Four Temperaments Balanchine PNB, SAB 2nd Theme, 3rd Theme
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Balanchine PNB Puck, Bottom
Tchaikovsky pas de deux Balanchine SAB
Who Cares Balanchine SAB Embraceable You
Lux Aeterna Barak Barak Ballet Couple #3
Scales of Vertigo Connor Dancefusion
Serious Pleasures Dove PNB
One Flat Thing, Reproduced Forsythe PNB
Piano Dance Gibson PNB
Sense of Doubt Gibson PNB Trio
Silt Ketley Ballet X
Sechs Tanze Kylian PNB
Romeo and Juliet MacMillan Fort Wayne Ballet Romeo
Romeo et Juliette Maillot PNB Mercutio
Sleeping Beauty Martins SAB Gold in Jewels
A Garden Morris PNB
Don Quixote Petipa First State Ballet Theatre gala Pas de deux
Suspension of Disbelief Quijada PNB
The Concert Robbins PNB Usher, Lead Butterfly
West Side Story Suite Robbins PNB Cool Soloist
It’s Not a Cry Seiwert Ballet X
Nutcracker Leverett Rochester City Ballet Grand pas de deux
Take Five, More or Less Stroman PNB Trio
Opus 111 Tharp PNB Viola quartet

Originated Roles in World Premieres:

What’s Behind Door No. 3 Anderson Company C Contemporary Ballet Lead Couple
The Seasons Caniparoli PNB Rose/Faun
Cash & Cline Duran Alaska Dance Theatre Leading Role
Othello Duran Alaska Dance Theatre Cassio
M-Pulse Gaines PNB Leading Role
A Soliloquy Among Many Jeffrey Ballet X Leading Role
Two Ears, One Mouth Landon Ballet X Leading Role
The Shadow McIntyre Houston Ballet Soldier
Tip Moses Oakland Ballet Leading Role
Jackson Sounds Neenan Ballet X Leading Role
Maan Singh Rudd Maan Singh pre-Broadway workshop Harris David
It Makes Me Nervous Scher Guggenheim Works & Process w/ Avi Scher & Dancers Quartet
Monuments Seiwert Alaska Dance Theatre Lead Couple

Performed Featured Roles in Works by: Ashton, Balanchine, Barak, Caniparoli, Duato, Hynd, Lustig, McMillan, Petipa, Ratmansky, Stevenson, Christopher Stowell, Kent Stowell, Tanner, Tetley, Tharp, Welch, Wheeldon

Freelance Work: American Ballet Theatre, Rochester City Ballet, Festival Ballet of Providence, Fort Wayne Ballet, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Alaska Dance Theatre, Ballet X, Guggenheim “Works & Process” series w/Avi Scher & Dancers, Barak Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Seiskaya Ballet, First State Ballet Theatre, Russian Ballet Theatre of Delaware, Ballet NJ, Dancefusion, Lafayette Ballet Theatre

Training: School of American Ballet (SAB), NY (2002–2003, Summer 2002), Kirov Academy of Ballet, DC (2001-2002), American Ballet Theatre (Summer 2001), Houston Ballet Academy, TX (Summer 2000,2001), Hampton Dance Festival, NY (2000), Chester Valley Dance Academy (1991-2001)