Barry Kerollis was born in Philadelphia, PA. He began his training at the Chester Valley Dance Academy and continued on scholarship at the Kirov Academy of Ballet and the School of American Ballet. Mr. Kerollis began his professional career in 2003 with the Houston Ballet. The following season Barry joined Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he danced leading and featured roles for seven seasons. He currently works as a Choreographer, Principal Guest Artist, and Instructor based out of Philadelphia.
Barry is also an award-winning choreographer. He was selected out of over 60 applicants to choreograph at the 2014 National Choreographers Initiative in Irvine, CA. In 2015, Barry was selected as a finalist in both the McCallum Theatre’s 18th annual Choreography Festival and the Visions Choreographic Competition.
Mr. Kerollis has also received an Outstanding Choreographer award at the Youth America Grand Prix. Beyond these achievement, 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 four works for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual Next Step choreographers showcase. Currently, Barry is developing “Core-ography: A Global Dance Storytelling Project.” This mini-documentary style film project shares 12 professional dancer’s life-defining stories through revealing interviews and movement. These interviews can be viewed on Core-ography’s Youtube channel.
Dylan Keane, Jackie McConnell, Evan Swenson in “Distinct Perceptions” at National Choreographers Initiative – Photo by Dave Friedman.