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Barry Kerollis is a freelance artist based out of both New York City and Philadelphia. His career has included dancing with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, and many other companies as a Principal Guest Artist. Barry currently works nationally as an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and guest artist. He is also widely known as a social media expert and influencer within the dance world.
Mr. Kerollis' accomplishments as a choreographer include being named a finalist at both the McCallum Theatre's Choreography Festival and the Visions Choreographic Competition. He was selected to choreograph at the National Choreographers Initiative and has won the Outstanding Choreographer award at Youth America Grand Prix. Additionally, Barry has created works for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Seattle's "Men in Dance" festival, Alaska Dance Theatre (in collaboration with the Alaska Native Heritage Center), Pulse Dance Company, and Pacific Northwest Ballet and its school for the company's annual Next Step choreographers showcase. Additionally, Barry created a choreographic Youtube series, Core-ography, where he shares esteemed professional dancer's life-defining experiences through revealing interviews and movement.
Barry has worked as Interim Artistic Director of Alaska Dance Theatre, where he ran the pre-professional division of their school and coached 3 students to place in the top 12 at Youth America Grand Prix. Additionally, he has taught ballet and contemporary dance technique classes at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Eugene Ballet, Koresh Dance Company, University of the Arts, Los Angeles Ballet Academy, and conducts master classes across the country.
Barry is recognized nationally for his work in social media. He hosts the Pas de Chat: Talking Dance podcast on the Premier Dance Network on iTunes and maintains a popular blog documenting his work, Life of a Freelance Dancer. Dance Magazine has recognized Barry as an "innovator using unique new media to connect with audiences" and Dance/USA has called him an "influencer in social media."
Class Description, Contemporary:
This class is built on a cohesive foundation of grounded modern training and structured ballet technique. Combining these concepts, Barry helps his students realize their full potential and range as a dancer. Class begins with an aerobic warmup that prepares dancers to move with fluidity, flexibility, and strength. Following this, students are lead through exercises to improve basic and advanced techniques; including center work, floor work, progressions across the floor, and more. Each class finishes with original choreography, where emphasis is placed on learning a range of movement styles, retention of material, and cultivating performance skills.