In this episode of Pas de Chat: Talking Dance, your host discusses the function and purpose behind the strict structure of most dance companies and their ranking systems. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and listen in as Barry Kerollis explains the progression of dancers within companies and how their roles change through ballet’s systematic ranking system from Pre-Professional Student to Apprentice, Corps de Ballet, Soloist, and Principal dancer. Additional information on Principal Guest Artists and unranked companies is also discussed.

Pas de Chát’s host Barry Kerollis is an award-winning choreographer, instructor, and dancer with over 13 years experience in the dance world. His career includes directing Alaska Dance Theatre, dancing for Pacific Northwest Ballet, and traveling the country as a nationally-touring freelance artist. He also runs the popular blog, Life of a Freelance Dancer.